Abbott sends $1.8 million for ‘resiliency center’ to help Santa Fe recovery
AUSTIN — The governor’s office announced $1.8 million in grants to the City of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Independent School District for a long-term “resiliency center” on Wednesday, another new resource as students return this fall to schools with metal detectors, more law enforcement officers, and comfort dogs.
The grants will help the City of Santa Fe develop the resiliency center — which will provide social activities and four new counselors in the schools to help students and employees struggling from the trauma of the May school shooting that killed 10 people — as well as other support, according to a statement from the governor’s office.
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The state has already poured more than $5.7 million into short-term programs to support school safety in Santa Fe since the shooting, including additional mental health counselors and resources, crisis response services and emergency consultants. The governor’s office includes in that tally school marshal certifications and behavioral threat assessments.