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SUNY Broome Community College’s
CARE Team

The CARE (Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation) Team is comprised of campus responders that include Public Safety, Counseling, and Health Services. They meet weekly to discuss behavioral incidents and concerns occurring on campus, discuss, plan, and implement intervention strategies, and provide consultation to the Vice President for Student & Economic Development regarding students who are at risk of harming themselves or others.

Members come to the team with experience in managing health, behavior and safety aspects of the Campus experience and may therefore spot trends and set up early intervention services as they evaluate behaviors from a variety of campus perspectives. The Team shall facilitate interventions; suggest referrals to appropriate offices, or request mental health assessments.

The team provides an early intervention resource for SUNY Broome’s faculty, staff, and students to consult on student behaviors of: distressing, disruptive or threatening behaviors of concern.

There are 4 categories of behavior which may require attention by the CARE Team.

  1. Self-injurious behavior/suicidal ideation or attempt.
  2. Erratic behavior (including online activities) that can disrupt the mission and/or normal proceedings of college students, faculty, staff, or others.
  3. Behavior that is not understood but is concerning or disturbing to others.
  4. Involuntary transportation to the hospital for alcohol and drug use/abuse or mental health crises.

Examples of behaviors that should be brought to the attention of the team:

  1. A student submits an English assignment about committing suicide.
  2. Two students make a class video about placing bombs on campus.
  3. Someone receives an email stating, “I’m going to kill everyone in the Math Dept.”.
  4. A student’s web page has links to web pages with information about poisoning others with cyanide.
  5. A student corresponds with a faculty member using language that indicates disordered thinking.
  6. A student communicates suicidal/homicidal intent to another.
  7. A student displays other odd or threatening behaviors.

To make a CARE Team referral, please contact Counseling Services in SS210 ext. 5210, or Public Safety at ext 5782, 5183. Referrals can be made via email, but it is best to have direct contact with a person if possible. If a situation requires immediate attention, please call 911 (9911 if using a campus telephone).

What do I do if I know a student who may need to be referred to the CARE process?

If you feel there is an immediate threat, call Public Safety at 607-778-5083. You will be asked for basic information about the student, how to contact you (in case the CARE Team has follow-up questions) and for a description of the incident or behaviors that prompted the referral.

You are the CARE Team’s best resource because you may be familiar to the student. If you are comfortable doing so, tell the student that you are concerned and ask if he/she is ok. In many cases, students will indicate that he/she could use some help and you can refer them to the SUNY Broome’s Counseling Services at 607-778-5210.

What happens after I make the referral?

CARE team members evaluate the information and make a decision about whether the student should be assessed/interviewed. Reporting is the most critical step.

What happens to the student in the CARE Team process?

The CARE Team provides students with confidential, respectful, proactive support, while offering resources and balancing the educational needs of students with the mission of SUNY Broome Community College.

How do I know if a concerning behavior is a CARE Team issue, or is more appropriately handled by other campus resources?

You do not have to make this determination. The most critical step is that you report the concerning behavior by calling one of the following CARE Team members:

  • Public Safety - Joe O’Connor /John Ruck/Marie Finelli at 607-778-5083
  • Counseling Services – Deb Hibbard/ Melissa Martin at 778-5210

If another campus resource is more appropriate, the CARE Team will refer the student and handle the transfer of information.