NaBITA has written extensively on Behavioral Intervention Teams (BITs), behavioral crisis response, and threat assessment. Over time, we have found that teams struggle to develop a policies and procedures manual. Guidelines can be labor intensive to create, and BITs are often pulled to more pressing assessment and intervention needs that prevent them from investing the time and effort necessary to create such a guiding document.
Aaron “Chip” Reese, NaBITA’s Associate Executive Director and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students at Columbus State University, has frequently offered his institution’s BIT manual as a guide for other schools. Many have taken Reese up on this generous offer. Additionally, we have suggested that schools consider our writings, specifically The Book on BIT and Best BITs, for sample language to build their own manuals.
After discussing the concept with NaBITA’s advisory board, it became clear that it would be helpful to write a template that BITs could use as a starting place from which to cut and paste some material into their own manuals. We started from a blank page, developing a manual for a hypothetical college just starting its BIT.
Because of the diversity of campus environments, there will likely be pieces of this template that you will find very useful, as well as sections that may not apply to your school. We offer this resource in an editable format that will allow you to easily move around the text and create a customized document for your own team.
You may also notice the use of the term “CARE” rather than “BIT” throughout the manual. Nationally, BIT and CARE are the most common names for teams that identify and proactively manage risk on campus. CARE evokes a sense of community and offers some clarity in terms of advertising, which is why we chose its use for this manual. While CARE frequently stands for Campus Assessment Response and Education, we find it more helpful as a group of people who simply CARE for the community.
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