Learn more about NABITA's role in policy matters that impact our field.

Your one-stop-shop for regular updates on key legislation, policy news, and ways to support NABITA's policy efforts.

The BIG Act

The Behavioral Intervention Guidelines Act (BIG Act) requires the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop best practices for schools and higher education institutions. The BIG Act will help to establish behavioral intervention teams comprised of small groups of school officials who meet regularly to collect and review concerning information about at-risk community members and develop plans to assist them.

What is the BIG Act?

Learn more about what the BIG Act is and why it is needed in our schools.

BIG Act Overview


Let us answer your most pressing questions on the BIG Act.

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News & Events

2021 Legislative Report Summary

This end-of-year report revisits some of the key legislative initiatives that NABITA focused on throughout 2021.

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Accountability Office Report on School Safety, Act on the BIG Act

In November, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report that examined primary school students’ experiences with bullying, hate speech, hate crimes, and victimization in schools.

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NABITA Legislative Policy Corner: NABITA Applauds BIG Act Introduction

NABITA is excited to announce a key piece of legislation has been proposed to increase the safety of our students nationwide.

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NABITA Policy & Government Affairs 101

This webinar provides updates on NABITA’s policy goals and objectives, discussions on how we can better support and educate you on policy issues, and brainstorming on activating our membership to engage directly with policymakers.

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Advancing Mental Health Legislation

It is so important for NABITA’s members to contact their senators now and voice their support for the BIG Act, S. 1383.

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NABITA Legislative Policy Corner: BIG Act Passes the House!

We are proud to announce that as of Wednesday, May 12th, the BIG Act passed the House of Representatives.

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Want to Help Move the BIG Act Forward?

NABITA built a custom tool to make your outreach efforts easier. Select your home state to access the contact information for your Senator’s office.

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NABITA encourages you to reach out to your Senators as a constituent of your state about BITs and your experiences with them, and why you are so passionate about these teams! We’ve put together a quick guide of talking points for phone and e-mail outreach to help get you started.

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Who has sponsored the BIG Act so far?

Senator John Cornyn

United States Senator for Texas (2002-Present)

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Senator Shelley Moore Capito

United States Senator for West Virginia (2015-Present)

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Senator Susan M. Collins

United States Senator for Maine (1997-Present)

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Senator Kyrsten Sinema

United States Senator for Arizona (2019-Present)

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Senator Debbie Stabenow

United States Senator for Michigan (2001-Present)

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Senator Angus S. King, Jr.

United States Senator for Maine (2013-Present)

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Senator Gary C. Peters

United States Senator for Michigan (2015-Present)

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Senator Jacky Rosen

United States Senator for Nevada (2019-Present)

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"As an organization that supports the practitioners who work every day to support their students and make their schools safer, we are excited by the resources this Act will represent to NABITA's members."

- Makenzie Schiemann, M.S., President of NABITA

"The BIG Act will be a gamechanger for student affairs professionals across the country because, I truly believe, it will provide a more holistic approach in our ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of our campuses and our students."

- Aaron "Chip" Reese, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs at Columbus State University; NABITA Advisory Board member