Governor Abbott sending $5.5 million to El Paso law enforcement agencies, community

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Posted at 3:31 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 16:31:29-04

AUSTIN, TX — Governor Greg Abbott is sending over $5.5 million in financial assistance to law enforcement agencies and the community of El Paso.

The money will be provided through the Criminal Justice Division (CJD) of the Governor's Public Safety Office.

According to the Governor's Office, $550,000 will go to the law enforcement agencies who responded to the shooting to help with reimbursement of overtime costs.

$5 million will be distributed to the following services:

  • Local Mental Health Authority Emergence Health Network- Psychological first aid and crisis counseling will be offered free of charge immediatly and long-term to survivors of the shooting and those in the community experiencing trauma.
  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission- The commission will coordinate behavioral health assistance to the local community, conduct behavioral needs assessments, and provide strategic planning and care coordination with local service providers.
  • County Reimbursements- The state will aid in the prosecution of the alleged shooter, including expert witness fees, investigation fees, increased security, juror fees and more. Costs associated with over time for El Paso County's Office of the Medical Examiner and Sheriff's Office for increased correctional needs are also eligible for reimbursement.
  • School-based mental health services- The CJD will offer funds for on-site resources for students who have been affected directly or indirectly. Referals for youths with higher acuity behavioral health and psychological needs will also be available.
  • Family Resiliency Center (FRC)- The CJD is providing funding to establish the Family Resiliency Center in El Paso. The center will provide community services including mental health needs, legal services, faith-based assistance, and public information.
  • Post Critical Incident Seminars (PCIS)- These intensively focused therapeutic seminars will assist first responders suffering from traumatic stress.