A Campus Assessment, Response, and Education (CARE) / Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) has been created at WMCC. The purpose of the BIT / CARE Team is to prevent crises before they occur through the provision of outreach and educational programming, consultation, appropriate assessment, and referrals. The aim of the committee is to help ensure that students whose behavior is of concern are contacted through follow-up processes and have access to appropriate services to improve their welfare; and to have a proactive approach to manage the complexities involved with threats (to self or others), violence, and general behavioral or emotional challenges. All team members are extremely sensitive to the concerns (and privacy of all involved) and adhere to the highest standards of confidentiality. Key objectives are to identify, assess, manage, and reduce potential threats and safety concerns to the entire campus community.
The goals of BIT/CARE are as follows:
- Prevent crises before they occur through the provision of outreach and educational programming, consultation, appropriate assessment and referrals;
- Ensure that students whose behavior is of concern are contacted through follow-up processes and have access to the appropriate services so that they have the opportunity to improve their welfare;
- Create a unified reporting and tracking system that will allow members of the BIT to observe patterns of behavior that may elicit assessment and to provide a documented response to distressed students.
The BIT meets regularly to discuss non-emergency situations and routine incidents. When a report is deemed urgent, the team, or subset of the team, is ready for an immediate response.
Members of the BIT team are Mark Desmarais, James Astuto, John Achorn, Lynne Bacon, Christine Hemmings, Nicole Bourque, and Jeff Swayze.
Behavioral Intervention Team Contacts:
Name Ext. Phone Location
Mark Desmarais, VP
Student Affairs 3009 603-342-3009 Room 120
Reporting Incidents to the BIT
Anyone may report behaviors that concern them to the BIT. These reports can be anonymous, if individuals so desire. Each report should include as much detail as possible about the behavior or incident of concern. Once a report is submitted, the individual will receive an acknowledgment of receipt if he or she indicated an email address. The BIT encourages the reporting of student behaviors that are of concern.
This information will be used to reach out to the affected individuals and connect each individual with appropriate support services. The information provided (including the reporting party) is CONFIDENTIAL.
To report an incident, use the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) Incident Report.
Students enrolled fall 2019