The Cross-Functional Framework for Identifying and Responding to Behavioral Concerns is essential to the work of people involved with behavioral intervention and threat assessment teams at institutions of higher education. The Framework is designed to guide development, review, and quality improvement of behavioral intervention and threat assessment teams. Teams are defined as multidisciplinary or cross-functional with responsibility for supporting campus populations experiencing distress and/or those who may be at risk for targeted violence. The Framework focuses on evidence-based practices and protocols to aid in consistent and objective assessments and interventions to support the safety, health, and success of individuals and the broader campus community. Because each institution of higher education approaches this work differently in accordance with their culture, structure, environment, and available resources, the Framework focuses on process elements rather than restrictive approaches.
Institutions can look to CAS’s Cross-Functional Framework for Identifying and Responding to Behavioral Concerns as a trusted resource for standards, guidelines, and best practice developed by experts and promoted by a reliable organization that, itself, is based on principles of cross-functional collaboration. Drawing on CAS’s 40 years promoting standards in student affairs, student services, and student development programs, the Framework builds on principles, elements, and structures of CAS traditional functional area standards while being tailored to cross-functional teams.