The Behavioral Early Alert Team at Monroe Community College is a campus intervention team that uses a formalized approach to addressing mental health disturbances and other behavior that either poses a danger of harm to self or others, or disrupts the learning environment. This could include such situations as unresolved, ongoing and serious suicidal threats, self-starvation of a life-threatening nature, alcohol and drug abuse and serious threats of harms to others.
The team meets every Monday afternoon for a minimum of an hour. Monday was chosen as a suitable day so that weekend incidents in our residence halls could be addressed in a timely manner. In emergency situations the team, or a subset of the team, will meet to make an immediate response to a serious situation. More routine incidents are discussed in the weekly meetings.
*Data-driven assessment of outcomes will be reported
each year from the Maxient database system.
BEAT Team Members:
-Chairperson-Dr. Susan Baker, Assistant Vice President, Student Services
-Donna Mueller, Director of Health Services
-Dr. Aubrey Zamiara, Director of Services for Students with Disabilities
-David Salvatore, Public Safety
-Dr. Kristen Love, Assistant to Provost & VP Academic Services
-Amy Greer, Director of Housing and Residence Life
-Shelitha Williams, Director of Student Engagement, Damon City Campus
-Peggy Harvey Lee, Director of Counseling, International and Veteran Services
-E. Jamall Watkins, Assistant Director of Counseling, International and Veteran Services
-Dawn Quatro, BEAT Management Assistant, Student Services
The team collects and reviews all information and evidence to define specific problems and behaviors. Determining imminent danger is critical. In such cases immediate action is required that may include removing the student from the environment for immediate treatment and/or evaluation. When there is no threat of imminent danger, the team determines the appropriate approach to address the behavior. Team members get their assignments and the response begins. Team meetings are documented with minutes generated by a secretary from the Vice President’s Office. The minutes help maintain accurate record keeping and accountability for the assignments of team members.
BEAT creates an approach that breaks down the barriers or “silos” that can exist on college campuses. The team approach takes advantages of the strengths and valuable services that various departments provide, and services can be provided quickly and effectively in a team environment where there is cooperation and enthusiasm.
Indicators and Signs of an Issue
Changes in academic performance
Change in energy level
Depression or Anxiety
Notice of Drug/Alcohol use
Noticeable Behavioral Changes
Irrational Behavior, Ideations or Response
Resources and Links
www.MentalHealth.gov - is an excellent informational resource
MCC Health Services - Monroe Community College Health Services
Talking to/Assessing Students - From Loyola University
BEAT is here to help you as a cooperative resource, contacting us sooner, rather than later, can foster a positive outcome.
If there is a situation that requires immediate attention, please call Public Safety at ext. 2912.
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