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Texas Creates Task Force to Address Students’ Post-Harvey Trauma

To address such challenges, the Texas Education Agency on Wednesday announced a task force — in conjunction with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission — that will connect Harvey-affected schools, universities and their communities with counselors, training, and funding opportunities as they continue to deal with the after-effects of the destructive storm.

Gov. Greg Abbott gave the Hurricane Harvey Task Force on School Mental Health several charges, including developing a comprehensive list of statewide and regional mental health resources, using regional Education Service Centers in affected areas to coordinate support and linking schools in need of help with responders who can help them. Experts from the nonprofit Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute will serve as consultants for the task force.