Behaviorial Intervention Team

Behavioral Intervention Team

Purpose

The BIT exists as a proactive, multi-disciplinary program in support of the safety, health, and well-being of all students. Its goal is to provide a structured positive method for addressing student behaviors that may adversely impact the college community, the mission of the College, and may involve mental health and/or safety issues.

Mission Statement

The BIT provides a timely intervention resource and support of students who display concerning behavior or experience problems that may lead to disruptive and/or dangerous behaviors.

The Behavioral Intervention Team

The Behavioral Intervention Team consists of a group of qualified college professionals who are likely to become involved with and/or receive information pertaining to a person of concern. The members of this team meet regularly to address critical behavioral or mental health concerns through review of situations/incidents, information gathering and sharing, and providing recommendations to ensure the safety and educational success of everyone in the Cloud County community. The Team receives reports/referrals of disruptive, problematic, or concerning behavior or conduct, performs an assessment, and determines the best mechanisms for support, intervention, warning/notification and response.

The Concordia Campus Team consists of the CCCC Therapist, Campus Security Supervisor, Coordinator of Residence Life, Vice President for Student Affairs, Retention Specialist, Director of Advising, Assistant to the Director of Athletics, Student Engagement Sponsor, and the TRIO Assistant Director.

The Geary County Campus Team consists of the Campus Director, TRIO Director, Security Officer, and Retention Coordinator.

Reasons for Referral

Reasons for submitting a concern include, but are not limited to the following:

• Behaviors or threats (direct or implied) that may entail risk of harm to self or others, including but not limited to: self-injurious behavior/suicidal thoughts or attempts, aggression toward others, bullying, stalking, and hazing.

• Erratic behavior (including online activities), that disrupt the mission and/or normal proceedings of students, faculty, staff, or community, including but not limited to: weapons on campus, significant inappropriate disruption to the community,

disturbing electronic media postings, inappropriate behavior in which safety is compromised.

• Belief that a person’s emotional well-being is deteriorating or at significant risk.

• Substance abuse or a mental health concern resulting in the need for medical intervention, including transportation to the hospital.

• A report may be submitted due to general concerns about a person’s emotional well-being, or concerns about behavior or threats that may entail risk of harm to self or others.

Standard Operating Practices

• It is not necessary that the person submitting a concern be absolutely certain as to whether or not a submission is appropriate; however, submitting a concern should never be done for malicious or retaliatory reasons, and should be based upon genuine concern.

• The team evaluates each report and if a genuine “threat” exists, the Team will deploy what resources necessary to provide support to the person of concern.

• BIT members will assist the person of concern in coordinating with resources and check in on their progress.

• In the event that a person of concern is perceived to be at risk of harm to self or others, BIT will coordinate with appropriate college offices to assist the person of concern.

• BIT may determine that there is no need to take any further action but will monitor the situation and concern.

Behavioral Intervention Team Referral Form

*All efforts will be made by the BIT, except for legal obligations, to keep information confidential*

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