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Behavioral Intervention Assistance

While interacting with students across the college, faculty and staff may be confronted with situations in which a student is displaying concerning behavior. The Behavioral Intervention Team is a resource available to the campus to address students of concern.

The Behavioral Intervention Team is a multidisciplinary team, which meets regularly to monitor reports of students of concern and track patterns, behaviors, and disturbances to groups or individuals. The team can perform a threat assessment and determines the appropriate response and mechanisms to intervene and respond to a crisis or concerning behaviors.

Notify Student Affairs of a student in distress or distressing student using the button below.

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Behavioral Intervention Team

The Sacramento State Crisis Intervention team consists of representatives from the following areas of campus:

  • Associate Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Student Affairs Case Manager
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Student Affairs Director of Student Conduct
  • Housing and Residential Life
  • Student Organization and Leadership
  • Human Resources
  • University Council
  • Sacramento State Police Department

Types of Behaviors

Behaviors of concern are actions that have the potential to compromise the safety of the campus community. Some examples are:

  • Threats of harm to others (including electronically, in a paper or essay, or verbalized to another person)
  • Talk of suicide or suicidal action (including electronically, in a paper or essay, or verbalized to another person)
  • Erratic behavior (including online activities) that disrupts the mission and/or normal proceedings of University students, faculty, staff, or community.
  • Threats of a weapon on campus
  • Significant inappropriate disruption to the community
  • Odd or concerning behaviors that you have a "gut feeling" about with regards to student or campus safety

Types of Settings

Behaviors of concern might be observed in a number of settings: in the classroom, at a service location or office, at an on-campus job, or during participation at an extracurricular activity.

By reporting behaviors that are concerning, the Behavioral Intervention Team will be able to reach out to students to intervene, provide support, and connect them with resources that can assist them.

CARES Wellness Ambassador Training Program

For faculty and staff

The Wellness Ambassador program prepares faculty and staff to respond to students facing basic needs, mental health or unique crises or challenges. This five-hour certificate training program is broken up into two consecutive days. Participants will receive a certificate, crisis support handbook, and email signature mark indicating they are a wellness ambassador. All University faculty and staff are welcome to sign up.

This certificate program will guide participants through the resources that are available on campus, provide tools for effectively responding to students in crisis, and walk them through how to make appropriate referrals. Participants will have the opportunity to do a deep dive into crisis support and learn from critical support areas of campus such as Services to Students with Disabilities (SSWD), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and the Crisis Assistance and Resources Education Support (CARES) office. The training will also feature a student panel where students will share their crisis experiences and what helped them most. Wellness Ambassadors may also serve as a point of contact to help students find the support they need right away. As our students return to campus, they need support more than ever and this training will support faculty and staff in being fully prepared to meet the needs of students as they arise. This training is hosted by the CARES office; questions can be sent to

Summer dates coming soon!

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