Today, Governor Greg Abbott provided an update on the ongoing efforts of Texas state agencies to assist and support the Uvalde community as they recover. After the tragedy at Robb Elementary School, the governor announced a comprehensive and ongoing Texas plan to coordinate with state and local officials in providing resources to those affected by the tragedy. To expedite all available state and local resources, Governor Abbott issued a Disaster Declaration to the City of Ovaldi to help the community and continue to provide much-needed support without being overburdened by regulations as they recover from this tragedy.
Uvalde community members seeking state mental health resources can receive help through one 24/7 hotline: 888-690-0799.
Members of the public wishing to show their support and help the community can donate through a comprehensive webpage created by the OneStar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.
Governor Abbott announced that Uvalde County officials opened a temporary facility on Monday, June 6 for the newly created Uvalde Together Resiliency Center (UTRC). UTRC will act as long-term support services for the community’s ongoing needs, including mental health resources and crisis counseling.
Last week, the Governor’s Office of Public Safety made an initial investment of $5 million to establish UTRC as a hub for state agencies and local organizations to provide assistance to affected community members. A full list of services offered at UTRC is available here.
“Donations of any amount to the OneStar Foundation webpage will go a long way in letting these grieving families, teachers and loved ones know they are not alone as they begin the long and difficult process of putting their lives back together,” Governor Abbott said. “The true spirit of Lone Star State is Texans helping Texans, and we must continue to support those working to heal in the weeks and months ahead.”
The OneStar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, will award 100% of donations to the Robb School Memorial Fund, which was established by the First State Bank of Uvalde to ensure immediate financial support is provided to those affected by the horrific tragedy at Robb Elementary School.
The Texas Department of Emergency Management activates the state’s operations center to level two, and works with local officials to meet needs
The Texas Emergency Management (TDEM) Operations Center remains active in a Level 2, or increase readiness.
With 25 staff deployed to provide on-site support at Uvalde, TDEM continues to coordinate with state agency partners and suppliers to meet local officials’ requests for services and resources, including:
- Resources for the Temporary Family Assistance Center and the permanent UTRC, including a climate-controlled reception area, a group counseling trailer, nine private counseling areas, and restroom facilities.
- IT staff, three UTRC computers, and general support call numbers.
- Temporary housing for immediate family members visiting funeral services across 22 mobile housing units.
- Fuel for generators that power UTRC, trailers and other driving vehicles.
- 100 bed packs for accommodation for first responders.
- Resources to support multiple driving areas, including 130 tables, 130 chairs, 10 handwashing stations, and portable toilets.
In addition, TDEM supported requests for resources directed at other state agency partners, such as four advisory teams, seven dispatchers, four call takers, six nurses and six ambulances.
The TDEM Disaster Recovery Task Force coordinated with local officials, community stakeholders, local and state behavioral health services for disasters, and victim service agencies to support the formation of UTRC. The task force also provided guidance for local officials, Uvalde Unified Independent School District (CISD) leaders, and First State Bank staff to partner with the OneStar Foundation to create a comprehensive donations webpage in support of victims’ families, educators, and the Uvalde community.
The Texas Education Agency continues to provide assistance to local school systems, the Uvalde CISD Community
In partnership with Education Services Center (ESC) 20, the Texas Education Agency continues to provide assistance to local school systems, students, parents, and faculty, including:
- Coordinate with local school systems to provide counselors as direct support to staff, students, and their families in the Uvalde CISD learning community.
- Collaborate with Uvalde CISD School Counselors and other organizations, including Communities in Schools and the Children’s Bereavement Center, to provide responsive school mental health services.
- Provide support through classroom orientation lessons during summer school, including two 30-minute sessions per week for each grade/class level.
- Support a detailed facility audit of all existing Uvalde CISD School buildings to ensure all exterior doors are fully functional.
- Uvalde supported CISD with planning for an enhanced security presence at the summer school.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission provides mental health support
24/7 mental health assistance hotline: 888-690-0799
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Behavioral Disaster Health Services coordinated with the Hill Country Center for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Harris Contact Center for Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to provide crisis services to the community, including establishing a dedicated mental health support line: 888 -690-0799. The hotline has responded to more than 235 calls since May 27.
HHSC also works with the Texas Child Mental Health Consortium to provide additional mental health counseling resources.
HHSC Eligibility Officers assist families who may need health benefits, food or cash assistance. HHSC helped revitalize the Critical Incident Stress Management Network, a voluntary entity primarily focused on meeting the mental health needs of first responders.
Ministry of Government Health Services publishes immediate medical resources
The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) provided immediate medical resources to the Ovaldi community, including an air medical unit, 15 whole blood units, two ambulance buses, and a Zumero tent as a cooling station.
DSHS has also deployed the following response teams:
- Medical Incident Support Team Members
- Mobile medical unit with logistic staff
- Ambulance strike team, which includes ambulances, critical care unit and ambulance strike team leader
- Paramedics with an ATV to support the funeral
- Registered nurse strike team, consisting of eight members and a team leader
- Five behavioral health personnel support responders and Uvalde Memorial Hospital (from the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force)
Texas Department of Insurance, Department of Workers’ Compensation Helps with Workers Compensation Questions, Claims
Uvalde’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) customer service staff has been integrated to answer workers’ compensation questions and assist with claims, assisting approximately 30 clients at the center and supporting 18 tragedy-related workers compensation claims to date. An injured or injured person can call 800-252-7031.
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) coordinates with private health insurers and those offering managed care plans through Texas Medicaid to access physical and mental health resources. To provide assistance to any insurance consumer in Texas, TDI operates a call center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday: 800-252-3439.
The Texas Workforce Commission provides childcare, unemployment, workforce, and vocational rehabilitation services
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with Workforce Solutions Middle Rio Grande, assists families with childcare by implementing greater flexibility and extensions of care. The agency also created the new Uvalde Emergency Care Program to provide child care regardless of income or employment status to eligible families affected by the tragedy.
The phone centers prioritize incoming calls from Uvalde residents seeking unemployment assistance, and job search requirements have been temporarily waived for the area. The agency also prioritizes unemployment benefits, appeal, and tax services for affected families and employers. Services are provided through vocational rehabilitation counsellors, who can help address barriers to employment, information and referral services, placement, education and training.
Uvald County residents receiving TANF or SNAP recipients will not be required to meet certain mandatory requirements to ensure continued benefits.
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs assists affected Texans with food and gas expenses
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), along with its partner in the area, the South Central Texas Community Council, assisted 85 families and 291 individuals in Yuvaldi with hotel costs for families, gas and food cards, and housing-related aid, including mortgage, rent, and utilities. . Funding is provided through TDHCA’s Community Services Grant Program, with nearly $68,000 spent for direct services to help families.
Recent donations to the Uvalde community
The Texas Mutual Insurance Company has donated $100,000 to the Robb School Memorial Fund through the OneStar Foundation, $100,000 to the Uvalde Mental Health Resiliency Fund, which is organized by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, and $50,000 to the community foundation of the Uvalde Strong Fund in Texas Hill Country. .
BCBSTX/Health Care Service Corporation is also donating $50,000 to the San Antonio Area Foundation to support the Employee Retirement System and the Teachers Retirement System for Texas members and dependents and provide them with access to free virtual behavioral health care.