The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is designed to reach out to students who seem to be hurting or struggling and to help maintain a safe campus by intervening when potential red flag behaviors are identified. The BIT is the mechanism through which OTCCares responds to student concerns. Reporting student issues of concern can assist the BIT in connecting students with the appropriate resources.
In cases of emergency, reporters must contact 911 or OTC’s Safety & Security FIRST if the person of concern poses an immediate threat to self or others. You should also do this if the individual experiences a medical emergency (e.g. seizure, loss of consciousness). The BIT plays a secondary role to all urgent circumstances and should be contacted only after initial emergency notifications are made. Individuals should follow up during the next business day with Safety and Security and the BIT by completing a Report of Concern.
The primary responsibility of the BIT is to address issues of the mental health of our students. We reach out to those students who seem to be hurting or struggling. Some professionals refer to this as students who are ‘off baseline.’ In other words, their current behavior is not in line with their typical behavior. The students may show signs of depression, anger or express feelings of worthlessness. Issues of self-care may be neglected. In these cases, reporting the issues of concern can assist the BIT in connecting students with the appropriate resources.
The second responsibility of the BIT is to maintain a safe campus for the entire academic community. Today, colleges and universities face increasing threats of campus violence. As the potential for danger grows, OTC is taking steps to prevent tragedy before it occurs. The best means of protecting our campus community from seemingly random violence is to accept that these acts are not as random as they may seem. If individuals can identify potential “red-flag” behaviors and handle them accordingly, we may prevent dangerous situations.
By focusing on specific student behaviors instead of general characteristics, behavioral intervention avoids stigmatizing mental health issues and stereotype-based profiling.
To learn more about OTCCares and the Behavioral Intervention Team, please watch the informative video below.