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GHC Behavior Intervention Team (BIT)
Purpose of the Grays Harbor College Behavior Intervention Team
How to Make a Referral
The on-line Behavioral Concern Report is the most effective referral method as it immediately goes to all BIT members when submitted. The Behavioral Concern Report can be found at: http://www.ghc.edu/forms/behavioral-concerns-report
Referrals may also be made in person, by phone, or email to any member of the team.
Team members include:
Lance James, Campus Security
Jason Hoseney, VP for Student Services
Darin Jones, Chief HR Officer
Brian Shook and Vivian Kaylor, Faculty Counselors
Keith Penner, Chief of Campus Operations
Aaron Tuttle, Student Life Director
What Happens When a Referral is Made?
When a referral is submitted to the BIT the team will assess the concern to distinguish between threatening and non-threating cases in order to ensure the safety of the individual of concern, the campus community, and others potentially involved as well as to help resolve the conditions that initiated the wellness concern or inappropriate behavior.
Upon evaluation a member of the BIT will contact the individual who initiated the report and/or directly contact the referred student of concern to assess any resources/intervention needed.
- Some referrals may necessitate a meeting be convened and the team will collaboratively assess the information provided, determine the level of risk, and decide upon the most effective manner/response for that particular student and situation. Any BIT member may call for a meeting at any time to discuss a student concern.
- In the event that a student is perceived to be at risk of harm to self or others, BIT coordinates with appropriate on and off campus resources to assist the student.
- BIT may determine that there is no need to take any further action but will monitor the situation and concern.
A “red flag” or concerning behavior is a questionable, suspicious or inappropriate behavior that may be presented through an appearance, speech, written works, or specific actions and which may cause disruption to the college community.
Examples may include, but are not limited to:
Threats to others
Indirect or direct threats in writings or verbalizations
Expression of suicidal thoughts or feelings of hopelessness
Notable change in behavior or appearance
Overly aggressive behavior toward others
Low frustration tolerance
Overreaction to circumstances
Appearance of being overly nervous, tense or tearful
Very unusual, abnormal or disturbing behaviors
Levels of Risk
The NaBITA Assessment Tool is one method of determining risk. The following is a summary of various NaBITA risk levels:
Mild risk – There is no threat to the individual of concern or others. At this level, the situation can generally be resolved by addressing the disruptive or concerning behavior. Counseling and follow-up support may be recommended. Generally, in this situation, the individual can acknowledge the inappropriateness of the behavior and engage in behavior to make amends with the other party. These individuals may be experiencing mental health concerns, but their conduct is not generally in violation with the College’s conduct policies.
Moderate/Elevated risk - At this level, there may be a threat to self or others that could be carried out although there is no evidence that the student has taken preparatory steps. These individuals may be experiencing mental health problems and/or displaying disruptive behaviors.
Severe/Extreme risk – At this level, there appears to be serious danger to the safety of the individual of concern or others, and immediate intervention by BIT and other local resources is required. It appears that specific steps have been made to carry out a plan to harm.
Learn more about NaBITA here: https://nabita.org/