During the 2015-16 school year, colleges and universities experienced increased demand for mental health services on campus. Data from Pennsylvania State University's recent report on collegiate mental health indicated that "the number of appointments made at counseling centers has grown at more than seven times the rate of institutional enrollment." While more students are seeking help on campus, institutions are also seeing a corresponding increase in the number of students and cases referred to behavioral intervention teams (BITs).
As the number of students coming to college with mental health and personal support needs continues to increase, BITs risk becoming overwhelmed by rapidly expanding caseloads needed to help these students. With many students away from campus after the spring semester, summer provides a rare opportunity for BITs to pull up and assess their work across the previous year.
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