4.01.001.001 Threat to Self - Student Assessment and Referral
Category: STUDENT SERVICES
Policy: Student Code of Conduct
Approved By: President's Staff
The Community College of Beaver County is committed to providing the best possible education for all its students and a good working environment for all its employees. In striving to achieve this goal, it is important to ensure the physical and emotional safety for all students, faculty and staff. The primary goal of the following process at CCBC is to provide early assistance to students in distress in order to ensure well-being and safety and help prevent situations of concern from becoming more serious.
A mental health crisis is defined as a situation where there is evidence that a student poses imminent danger of harm to self. In immediate and serious threatening situations, the Provost and/or Chief Security Officer reserve the right to waive the steps outlined in this document and act in the best interest of campus safety. It is the sincere hope that through this process, resources and assistance can be provided to the student in such a way that the student can continue to receive a quality education and CCBC can continue to be a safe environment for students, faculty and staff.
The following is a set of steps to be taken in the event of a mental health crisis involving a student on the CCBC campus who is a threat to self. If a student poses an imminent danger of harm to others, the Institutional Procedure for Threat-to-Others Assessment shall be followed.
Steps of procedure
If the concerned staff, Faculty, or administrator, observes that the student is in possession of a weapon and intends to, or is in the process of, physically harming him/herself, dial 9-1-1 to seek assistance from local police and authorities.
If the concerned staff, Faculty or administrator does not visibly observe a weapon, but believes that a student poses a serious threat to him/herself, the Counseling office is to be notified immediately by dialing ext. 3421. The individual reporting the threat shall complete a Threat Assessment Referral Form (Appendix I) and submit to the Counselor. If possible, the staff, Faculty or administrator will escort the student to the Counseling Office. Otherwise, the Counselor shall put Security on alert, meet the student in the identified location, and escort him/her to the Counseling Office. Next, the Counselor will assess the situation, using the Mental Health Crisis Assessment Checklist (Appendix II) to determine if the individual is in crisis due to mental or emotional instability and (1) requires immediate removal from the campus and transport to the hospital or (2) assistance by the counselor for referral to an off-campus mental health assessment facility or (3) requires a waiver of mental health referral assistance for signature.
In the case of immediate removal from campus and transport to the hospital, the following steps should be taken by the Counselor:
- Ensure the student is under supervision to ensure safety while making emergency contacts.
- Contact the crisis intervention worker at the referring facility:
Heritage Valley Health System
Staunton Clinic – Rochester
Crisis Intervention Services
Heritage Valley Beaver
1000 Dutch Ridge Road
- Follow the directions given by the crisis intervention worker.
- If the crisis intervention worker advises transport to the facility, arrange for student pick-up by a secure means of transportation sent by the facility. If unavailable, call Medic Rescue for transport.
- Complete a CCBC Mental Health Assessment Referral Form (Appendix III) and send with the student to the hospital. Escort the student to the emergency means of transportation upon arrival.
- Contact the student’s family/emergency contact provided the student gives permission to do so. In the absence of the student’s consent, contact the Dean of Enrollment Services, who will determine if the student’s family needs to be contacted. The student’s contact is to be informed of the student’s condition and the facility where the student has been transported.
- Contact the Dean of Enrollment Services to inform him/her of the incident. The Dean of Enrollment shall mandate that, before the student may return to campus, he/she must submit documentation to the Counseling office from a professional clinician stating that the individual (1) registered with the crisis department on the date of the incident and (2) was seen by a professional clinician who completed a comprehensive evaluation and plan for treatment.
- The Counselor shall (1) maintain contact with the student at least once per month to monitor the progress of the student (2) require the student provide documented verification of attendance of treatment sessions (3) create a written progress report after each meeting to be included in the students file (4) decide if additional monitoring is necessary (and for how long) at the end of the academic year review period and (5) refer the student to the Dean of Enrollment Services for disciplinary action, as appropriate, if the student does not comply with follow-up requirements.
If the Counselor determines that the student does not pose an immediate danger to him/herself, but is still in need of mental health assessment, the following steps should be taken by the Counselor for referral to off-campus mental health assessment and treatment:
- Contact the Office of Supportive Services at extension 3502 to determine if the student is registered with that office and to review any available documentation.
- Inform the student that they must make an appointment, using the College’s phone, for mental health treatment before leaving campus. Referring clinic - Outpatient Services: Heritage Valley Staunton – Rochester’s Central Intake Department at 724-770-8222. An initial appointment will be set up with a professional clinician who will complete a comprehensive evaluation and plan for treatment.
- Contact the Dean of Enrollment Services to inform him/her of the incident.
- The Counselor shall complete the Mental Health Assessment Referral Form (Appendix II) and give a copy to the student before he/she leaves the office. The Counselor shall inform the student that they are only required to meet follow-up item (2) on the form which requires that the student provide documented verification he/she has been evaluated by a professional clinician and a plan of treatment has been determined.
- As follow-up, the Counselor shall (1) maintain contact with the student at least once per month to monitor the progress of the student (2) create a written progress report after each meeting to be included in the students file (3) decide if additional monitoring is necessary (and for how long) at the end of the academic year review period and (4) refer the student to the Dean of Enrollment Services for disciplinary action, as appropriate, if the student does not comply with follow-up requirements.
If the student vehemently denies that he/she is a threat to self and refuses to seek mental health assistance, the Counselor shall:
- Document the student’s denial in the students file.
- Require the student sign a Discussion and Refusal of Mental Health Referral Assistance (Appendix IV).
- If the student refuses to sign the waiver, refer to the Dean of Enrollment Services for disciplinary action as follows: (1) The Dean will meet with the student and review the Student Code of Conduct with him/her and remind the student of his/her responsibility in conforming to the Colleges policies and procedures. (2) After review, the Dean will request that the Student comply with the College’s procedure for assisting and referring students and request that the student sign the waiver. (3) If the student still refuses to sign the waiver, the Dean shall prepare a report outlining that the student is in violation of College policy and procedures. The report shall be addressed to the Vice President for Learning and Student Success/Provost. (4) Upon receipt of the report from the Dean, the Provost will begin to enforce the institutional procedure for the adjudication of violations of the code of student conduct.