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Threat Assessment and Safety

We provide professional development opportunities so your team can acquire the skills necessary to accurately and proactively evaluate potential threats and risks.

Constant Monitoring and Risk Engagement for a Comprehensive Approach to Safety.

We help conduct complete threat assessments, essential for school administrators, BITs, and CARE teams to gather practical, valuable information about students or situational risks. Efficient threat assessment helps maintain safe school environments where education takes priority, and it aids individuals in managing the underlying causes of their mental health challenges.

With decades of combined experience among our team of skilled consultants, we have developed and continue to refine our proprietary, industry-leading tools for threat assessment. Our tools use shared language and have a common throughline, making implementation clear and helping clients choose the most effective and lasting intervention options.

Threat and Violence Risk Assessment

NABITA’s Risk Rubric

The NABITA Risk Rubric provides a broader risk assessment than any tool in the industry. Unlike other tools that focus on existing threats, our rubric includes low-level pre-threat behaviors, allowing practitioners to get ahead of emergent threats. With the NABITA Risk Rubric, you can objectively measure all levels of behavior and avoid potential discrimination or discriminatory behavior, minimizing liability risks. Not using an objective risk rubric for every threat can lead to over- or under-reacting. Use this tool as the first step in your threat assessment process to identify and prioritize concerns.

Violence Risk Assessment of the Written Word (VRAWW)

The VRAWW tool applies to narrative content, including blogs, YouTube videos, artistic expressions, and more. This tool allows practitioners to identify when risk concerns are progressing along the pathway to violence. This tool will enable you to escalate or deescalate your interventions, as it measures exacerbating and mitigating factors for a fulsome, multivariate approach to threat assessment.

Harm to Others and Harm to Self

Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35)

The SIVRA-35 inventory is a valuable tool that Behavioral Intervention Team members and clinical staff use to conduct comprehensive and evidence-based violence risk assessment. Consisting of 35 items, it ensures consistency and completeness when assessing individuals who may pose a risk to others. This tool is handy in K-12 settings, where questions posed to individuals of concern may need to be more well-defined. With the objective scores provided by SIVRA-35, schools can better demonstrate their risk assessment process and calibrate interventions accordingly. NABITA consultants both teach the SIVRA-35 and perform it for our clients.

Non-Clinical Assessment of Suicide Tool (NAS)

When an individual presents with a risk of harm to self by scoring high on the NABITA Risk Rubric in those areas, the practitioner then applies the NAS tool. The practitioner would call the student in, run the assessment, make a timely referral to clinical staff, or perform a suicide assessment on the spot if the student poses an immediate threat. NABITA consultants both teach this process and perform it for our clients.

Structured Violence Risk Assessment

Assess an individual’s potential for violence with NABITA. We are available for urgent concerns in schools, campuses, or organizations. We offer a comprehensive analysis using NABITA’s Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35).

Our approach includes in-depth interviews, examining both risk and protective factors associated with violence. By evaluating Students of Concern through interviews, scrutiny of their social media presence, and examination of their criminal history, we produce a detailed report exceeding 100 pages. This report includes insights, recommendations, and supporting evidence, such as quotes from interviews and screenshots of online activity.

This service offers immediate and cost-effective benefits. If time constraints or a lack of trained staff prevent you from conducting an assessment, NABITA is ready to support you. Even clients familiar with SIVRA-35 may entrust us with the evaluation to mitigate risk and liability. We assume responsibility for the assessment process to encourage your team’s peace of mind and your community’s safety.