The Forum’s analysis surfaced the College of Charleston as having an excellent process to structure BIT work while still allowing flexibility for individual situations. In 2008, the College of Charleston developed a list of protocols that covered essential basics, such as team mission, membership, and decision-making processes. The document was further revised in 2011 and subsequently became a full policy statement that the institution’s executive team reviewed and approved.
The Forum believes that for most BITs a document similar to Charleston’s is right answer.
Depending on your institution and its culture, however, some teams may need to develop a more extensive manual. At the University of North Texas, for example, their CARE team has a 72-page document that establishes the foundation for their work. Developed over the course of a year, the manual includes team procedures as well as a literature review and a decision-making flowchart.
In addition to outlining the state of mental health on campus, UNT’s manual identifies both core and occasional CARE team members, details a campus outreach plan, and includes sample documents. Overall, this document increases the visibility of the team and its processes on campus.