Behavioral Intervention Team
Dean of Students
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One of the lessons from the terrible tragedy at Virginia Tech is the need for college campuses to develop effective ways to identify students who are experiencing depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues and develop appropriate and timely interventions. We recognize that a student may display these emotional and mental health issues to any member of the college community – faculty, counselor, security officer, fellow student, coach or administrator. The key to a successful intervention is to develop a means for effective communication at the first signs of difficulty. Working within the parameters of privacy laws, it is imperative that our college be able to identify and respond to students in crisis in an expeditious and timely manner.
The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) was established with the mandate to identify, assess, and monitor students displaying moderate to elevated levels of distress or disruption, and/or behavioral dysregulation, including homicidal, suicidal, assaultive or self-injurious threats, and to implement timely interventions that protect the welfare of the student and the safety of the college community. Its primary goal is to provide threat assessments and early intervention before a crisis arises.
BIT is comprised of key representatives from diverse areas of the College: Dean of Students (chairperson), Director of Accessibility Services, Director of Public Safety, Director of Health Services, and three counselors, including the Director of Counseling, the Director of the Women’s Center, and Counsel to the President. Depending on the nature of the incident, BIT may call upon the expertise of other members of the College community to provide consultation on risk assessment and interventions.
You can access the following within Inside John Jay, via the Policies & Procedures Compendium under the Office of Student Affairs:
- Policy & Procedure Guide (link to PDF)
- Reporting Procedures
- Mental & Behavioral Health Concerns or Risks
- Counseling Department Liaisons
- Quick Guide for Reporting