Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference announcing the State of Texas’ comprehensive plan to help and support community members affected by the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School. After 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 District Representatives Christina Mitchell and State Representatives Tracy King and Drew Darby.
“As the families of the victims and the entire community of Uvalde begin the unimaginable process of putting their lives back together after this devastating tragedy, the State of Texas will provide all available resources to support them during this painful time,” the governor said. Abbott. “Everyone in Uvalde has been deeply affected by this tragedy and is overwhelmed with deep grief and bewilderment, and as such, public and private providers are coming together to offer assistance to all members of the community. Texas will not abandon those who need help 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 pull together through tough times, and all of Texas stands with the community of Uvalde.
Representatives from the following state agencies also attended:
- Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Deputy Chief Suzannah Jones
- Texas Assistant Attorney General Kristen Huff
- Bureau of Public Safety Justice Programs Coordinator Andrew Friedrichs
- Ed Serna, executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
- Brian Guthrie, executive director of the Texas Teachers’ Retirement System (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
- Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Executive Director Bobby Wilkinson
- Porter Wilson, executive director of the Texas Employees Retirement System (ERS)
Members of the Uvalde community seeking public mental health resources can receive help through a single 24/7 helpline: 888-690-0799.
The Family Assistance Center, an effort between the Uvalde District Attorney’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, provides information, support and resources to those directly affected by the theft. Elementary school tragedy at the Uvalde County Fairplex. Family members of the deceased, those with physical and emotional injuries, teachers, staff, students and others directly affected at Robb Elementary School may receive services including: criminals, consular services, death benefits, spiritual counseling and care, funeral services, child and family care services, transportation and translation. Each family will be assigned an attorney to guide them through the myriad of resources available to meet their needs, such as flights for the families of victims offered by American Airlines and United Airlines.
All relevant public agencies co-locate representatives at the Family Assistance Center to provide additional services to affected members of the Uvalde community. For example, HHSC will have eligibility staff to help families find the health and human benefits they are eligible for, such as Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP, Healthy Texas Women, and more. Caseworkers at TDI, TRS, and ERS work with health plans to ensure employees can easily access all available benefits, including workers’ compensation. TWC also provides social workers to the Center to help families needing help with childcare and unemployment, as well as assistance to local business owners affected by the tragedy. TDEM strives to address unmet needs raised by the community.
Members of the public wishing to show their support for the bereaved community can donate through a one-stop webpage 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 the families of the victims, teachers and the community of Uvalde. The funds will be used to cover health costs, flights and travel for families and loved ones, funeral costs, etc. For more information, visit onestarfoundation.org/uvalde.
Family Support Center Location:
Uvalde County Fairplex
215 Veterans Alley
Uvalde, Texas 78801
See the full press conference here.