What is a challenge you face doing behavioral intervention work?
Multi site consistency and regional resource availability.
What is a successful achievement you have had doing BIT work?
Elevating visibility of our needs and securing a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant to launch a CARE team and bring on a case manager.
Why did you become a member of NABITA?
The heart and goals of the people that do this work!
How does having a BIT/CARE team increase your school safety/ability to provide student support?
Centralizes referrals and improves consistency for all community members to receive the best support and resources available.
How has NABITA helped you to be a better professional?
NABITA continues to look forward and share with its memberships the best practices and tools in this field.
What is one way you practice self-care doing such intense work?
Surrounding myself with caring and compassionate leaders who inspire me.
What is one piece of advice you would offer your fellow practitioners?
Take time to invest in your own professional development. Spend one hour every week reading and researching best practices and tools available through NABITA. The resources are often there but more challenging to find under the stress caused by urgency.
How has having a BIT/CARE team improved the experience of students, staff, and faculty at your institution?
As NABITA has illustrated many times, a BIT/CARE team is the air traffic control tower keeping the community moving safely in the right direction. The BIT/CARE team brings communication and clarity to all members through this centralized coordinated effort.