Governor Abbott provides details of state resources available to community of Uvalde affected by tragedy at Robb Elementary School | Texas Governor’s Office
Governor Greg Abbott held a news conference today announcing the state of Texas’ comprehensive plan to support and assist the community affected by the tragic Robb Elementary School shooting. Following a briefing with representatives from state agencies, local partners and community members, the Governor was joined at the press conference by First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, District Attorney Christina Mitchell and State Representatives Tracy King and Drew Darby.
“As the families of the victims and the entire Uvalde community begin the unimaginable process of putting their lives back together after this devastating tragedy, the State of Texas will provide all resources available to support them during this painful time,” Governor Abbott said. “Everyone in Uvalde is deeply affected by this tragedy and is overcome with deep sadness and confusion and as such providers both state and private are coming together to offer help to everyone in the community. Texas will not fail those in need of assistance during this time, and we will ensure that the resources needed by those grieving and healing are easily accessible and readily available. Texans are stronger when we stand together through difficult times, and all of Texas stands behind the community of Uvalde.”
The following state officials were also present:
- Suzannah Jones, Assistant Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM).
- Texas Assistant Attorney General Kristen Huff
- Justice Programs Coordinator for the Bureau of Public Safety Andrew Friedrichs
- Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Executive Director Ed Serna
- Brian Guthrie, Executive Director of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).
- Cecile Young, Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
- Texas Education Agency (TEA) Education Commissioner Mike Morath
- Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), Workers’ Compensation Division, Commissioner Cassie Brown
- Bobby Wilkinson, executive director of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
- Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) Executive Director Porter Wilson
Members of the Uvalde community seeking government mental health resources can get help through a single 24/7 hotline: 888-690-0799.
The Family Assistance Center — an initiative of the Uvalde Attorney’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Office of the Attorney General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation — provides information, support, and resources for those directly affected by the robbery elementary school tragedy in the Uvalde County Fairplex. Family members of the deceased, those with physical and psychological injuries, faculty, staff, students and others directly affected at Robb Elementary School may use services including: crime victim services, consular services, death benefits, counseling and chaplaincy, funeral services , child care and family services, transportation and language translation. Each family is assigned an advocate who guides them through the myriad of resources available to meet their needs, such as: B. Flights for the victims’ families offered by American Airlines and United Airlines.
All relevant state authorities are bringing representatives to the Family Assistance Center to provide additional services to affected members of the Uvalde community. For example, HHSC will have authorized staff available to assist families in finding health and human services to which they are entitled, such as: B. Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP, Healthy Texas Women and others. Caseworkers from TDI, TRS and ERS work with health plans to ensure employees can easily access all available benefits, including workers’ compensation. TWC is also making caseworkers available at the center to help families who need help with childcare and unemployment, as well as support for local business owners affected by the tragedy. TDEM works to fill all the unmet needs of the community.
Members of the public who want to show their support for the grieving community can donate through a one-stop website created by the OneStar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Robb School Memorial Fund was established by the First State Bank of Uvalde, with 100% of donations going to the fund for victims’ families, teachers and the Uvalde community. The funds will be used to cover healthcare costs, flights and travel for families and loved ones, funeral expenses and more. Visit onestarfoundation.org/uvalde for more information.
Location of the family help center:
Uvalde County Fairplex
215 Veterans Lane
Uvalde, TX 78801
Watch the full press conference here.