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Grant Provide Crisis Counseling Services To East Texas 12 County Area Amid COVID-19 Pandemic


As evidence mounts that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking an emotional toll on Texans, help is on the way for the 12 county area within East Texas in the form of a grant awarded to Lakes Regional Community Center by the Health and Human Services Commission Disaster Behavioral Health Services.

This grant funds a Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) called Texans Recovering Together. Texans Recovering Together will help residents living in Camp, Delta, Franklin, Henderson, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Rains, Smith, Titus, Van Zandt, and Wood counties recover from the COVID pandemic.

Services will include:

  • Crisis counseling from trained outreach workers accessed via the HHSC COVID Mental Health Support Line (833-986-1919) and the local crisis counseling HELPLINE (888-843-1315).
  • Connecting individuals to community resources

These services are confidential and free of charge to people who call the HELPLINE.

The mission of Texans Recovering Together is to help those experiencing anxiety, stress, or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People are facing unprecedented financial, social, physical, and mental struggles. The pandemic impacts everyone.

There are 60 days to use the CCP grant funding. However, HHSC-DBHS plans to pursue a second CCP grant, if awarded, would allow services to extend for an additional nine months in the 12 county area.

If you need help managing your thoughts and anxiety about COVID-19 pandemic, reach out. Support is just a phone call away (888-843-1315).