Governor Greg Abbott announced today that Uvalde County officials are opening a temporary facility for the new Uvalde Together Resilience Center (UTRC) on Monday, June 6 to begin providing long-term support services to the community. Operated initially by the local district attorney’s office, the center will provide ongoing mental health resources and other assistance provided by state agencies and local organizations to affected Uvalde community members. by last week’s tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School.
“As the community of Uvalde struggles to put its life back together, we must come together as Texans to provide the continued and comprehensive support needed to emerge from this terrible tragedy,” Governor Abbott said. “I commend County Judge Bill Mitchell, District Attorney Christina Mitchell, Mayor Don McLaughlin and Superintendent Dr. Hal Harrell for establishing the Uvalde Together Resiliency Center in one location to meet community needs and provide resources and support easily accessible. From advice to assistance with insurance claims, the Uvalde Together Resilience Center will be able to serve the community as it heals. Texans are a particularly resilient people, but that doesn’t mean dealing with grief and trauma alone. The State of Texas and local organizations will continue to provide the support the Uvalde community needs in the future.
See the full list of comprehensive resources available to the Uvalde community here.
Earlier this week, the Governor’s Public Safety Office (PSO) made an initial investment of $5 million to establish the long-term UTRC, which will serve as a hub for services, such as emergency counseling. crisis and behavioral health care for survivors, first responders and community members seeking ongoing support. Services currently available at the Family Assistance Center will move over the weekend to the new UTRC and will not be available until the UTRC opens on Monday. However, the 24/7 hotline that connects callers to mental health assistance will maintain operations over the weekend for anyone seeking help: 888-690-0799.
The UTRC will initially be overseen by District Attorney Christina Mitchell’s office and will operate through coordinated efforts among local support organizations and state agencies. Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disorders Centers are partnering with other regional mental health authorities to connect community members to mental health services through the 24/7 helpline. A partnership between Communities in Texas Schools and the Area 20 Educational Services Center will provide mental health support to students enrolled in summer school in the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. Students not enrolled in summer school this year can still receive counseling at the Benson Center.
The UTRC operates in a temporary facility until a permanent location is established in Uvalde. The support services offered at CRUT will be adjusted as community needs are determined on a local basis.
Governor Abbott has taken significant steps to provide all available resources to support the community of Uvalde following the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School. These actions include:
- Launch of comprehensive plan for the state of Texas to help and support members of the community, including co-location of state agency representatives to the Family Assistance Center for immediate assistance in seeking benefits .
- Issue a disaster declaration at the request of local leaders to expedite all national and local resources available to assist the community of Uvalde.
- Ask Texas legislative leaders to convene special legislative committees to begin reviewing and developing legislative recommendations on school safety, mental health, social media, police training, gun safety, and more.
- Directing the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) to immediately begin conducting comprehensive school safety reviews to ensure that all public schools in Texas are following proper procedures to maximize school safety.
- Lead the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide strategies to make Texas public schools safer through enhanced safety standards.
- Initial investment of $5 million to establish a long-term Family Resilience Center (FRC) in Uvalde County to serve as a hub for community services, including access to essential mental health resources .
- Work with the OneStar Foundation to create a one-stop donation webpage to support the families of the victims, teachers and the community of Uvalde.