CARE Team (formerly known as BIT)
Gavilan College Care Team (formerly known as Behavior Intervention Team (BIT))
WHAT WE DO
Gavilan College’s Care Team promotes student success by helping students, faculty, and staff cultivate a safe, supportive, and healthy learning and working environment by using the “See Something. Say Something. Do Something” approach.
The Care Team is a resource for the Gavilan Community offering training on ways to address assisting distressed students, as well as educational restorative solutions that promote campus well-being.
The Care Team also addresses behavioral intervention by assessing and supporting students of concern and by providing resources available so students in need.
Gavilan College depends on its community to identify and report behaviors of concern so that the College can provide assistance and support to distressed students, faculty and staff member.
If you see something, say and do something about it – report any concerning behavior or suspicious activity by using the Care Team Incident/Referral Reporting Form.
How the Care Team Process Works/Guiding Principles for CARE
The Care Team evaluates and addresses student behavior that may be inappropriate or concerning, and coordinates the resources of the District to intervene and provide necessary support.
The Care Team accomplishes these objectives in the following manner:
- Receives information about students of concern and discuss concerning behaviors.
- Provides consultation, support, and responds to faculty and staff
- The Care Team utilizes the NaBITA Risk Rubric tool to enable consistency of classification and response to provide goal-oriented and strengths-based assessment, intervention, and coordination of services to students experiencing academic, personal, or medical difficulties in order to assist them in removing barriers to success and increasing their holistic well-being
- Coordinates follow-up, ensuring that services and resources are provided in a timely and effective manner.
- Maintains confidentiality and handles all matters discreetly and tactfully.
- The Care team recognizes training and education is as important as case management.
Protocols Guiding our Practice
- Outreach to the Student
- Delivering Services
The Care Team process does not replace faculty classroom management, disciplinary processes, and/or College Security response/procedures to incidents.
Care Team Members
- Carina Cisneros - Care Team Chair/Interim Dean, Student Success and Equity, Special Programs
- Stephen Gaitan - Care Team Faculty Liaison, Workability III/AEC Counselor
- Denee Pescarmona - Executive VP Educational Programs and Services
- Veronica Martinez - Interim Dean, Student Success and Equity, Enrollment Services & Student Pathways
- Carla Velarde-Barros - General Counselor MSW/Counseling Department Chair
- Darlene Del Carmen - Counselor, Athletics/Kinesiology and General
- Lucy Alvarez - Director, Human Resources (Title VI, Title IX and Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504/508 Coordinator)
- Grace Cardinalli - Executive Assistant, Student Services
- Autry Jamison - MFT Executive Director, Discovery Counseling Center
- Charles Bauman - MFT Supervisor, Discovery Counseling Center
Submit an Incident Report
If you, someone you know, or someone you've observed is experiencing difficulty such as managing school work, stress at home or school, submitting an incident report may be the help you or they need.
Your report can be submitted anonymously.
Gavilan College "Green Folder"
At Gavilan College we have strong program of support in place for our student in need of mental
health counseling and intervention.
Please use this guide to assist you in responding to students who may need counseling or
On behalf of Gavilan College, thank you for your empathy, support, and steadfast commitment
to each student’s development as they pursue their educational dreams.