Crisis and Behavioral Intervention Team (CBIT)

Purpose

The Crisis and Behavioral Intervention Team (CBIT) at Eastern Maine Community College exists to address student behavior that is disruptive and/or poses potential harm to self or others. The CBIT members will attempt to utilize the college’s resources to protect the health and safety of any student experiencing a crisis and any student or employee of EMCC who are adversely affected by the behavior or crises.

The interdisciplinary CBIT team members work together in medical, mental health, and behavioral crisis situations to attend to issues as they arise, and minimize the effect on students of concern and the surrounding community of students. The CBIT meetings will provide a setting for professional consultation and collaboration regarding students whose behavior has caused significant concern for faculty, staff, or other students, or disruption of the academic endeavors of other students. This team will review each incident that comes to their attention to determine the facts of the situation and develop a strategy for further fact-finding, intervention, management, and/or referral to appropriate resources.

Objectives

  • To gather information about particular situations and to assess the need for intervention;
  • To provide educational opportunities for College departments about managing unusual or threatening student behavior;
  • To provide support for College departments in dealing with difficult student behavioral situations; and
  • To develop and review policy which addresses unusual or threatening student behavior.

Goals

  • To eliminate fragmented care;
  • To provide structure for an effective method of addressing student behaviors that impact the College;
  • To balance the educational needs of the student and the academic mission of the College;
  • To manage each case individually;
  • To implement appropriate intervention; and
  • To be a resource for students, faculty, administrators, and staff.

There are ten core members of the 2013-2014 CBIT and additional staff and faculty (and on occasion students) will be invited to meetings when their area of expertise is needed or when they have information pertinent to a particular situation. During the academic year, meetings will be held weekly with additional meetings scheduled as needed. Incidents can be reported to any team member or submitted anonymously online through MyEMCC.