Responding to Students of Concern

Best Practices for Behavioral Intervention Teams

Topics: Student Affairs, Student Health and Wellness, Mental Health and Counseling, Student Health Centers, Alcohol and Drug Use, Student Experience, Special Populations, Academic Support Programs

Diagnostic Questions

The following questions are designed to guide members in evaluating their current team processes. Based on the number of affirmative responses, each member will fall into one of the categories on the opposite page. These categories can be used to identify tactics particularly well suited to member circumstances. Note: questions should be answered from the perspective of the BIT Chair.

1. Does a formal policy statement or procedure manual establish the authority of the BIT, detail the team’s membership, and outline its decision-making process?
2. Are BIT duties included in members’ job descriptions?
3. Does a formal document (e.g., policy statement, team members’ job descriptions) describe each member’s responsibilities on the BIT?
4. Do BIT members receive periodic trainings on team procedures, legal and policy updates, and case-evaluation protocols?
5. Does the team use external resources, such as professional associations, webconferences, publications, and regional partnerships, to supplement periodic trainings?
6. Do you evaluate team success through a performance audit?
7. After conducting performance audits, do you use the results to revise BIT protocols and improve team performance?
8. During school breaks, do you hold retreats at which your team may reflect on its strengths and weaknesses?

Formalizing Team Processes

Understanding Your Current State