Behavioral Intervention Team

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The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) at UNH provides support to students managing significant mental health concerns. BIT members work directly with students to make referrals, ensure that they are connected to appropriate support, and promote a safe, successful, and nondisruptive environment on campus. 

What Does BIT Do? 

BIT’s primary function is to promote a safe environment on campus and connect distressed students to support. Steps BIT may take in support of that environment include: 

  • Gathering and managing information from concerned students, faculty, and staff; 
  • Connecting with external partners such as family members and treatment providers; 
  • Assisting students whose mental health concern prevents them from participating in their classes (e.g. when they are hospitalized); 
  • Intervening when student’s behavior is disrupting the living or learning community; 
  • Assessing the level of threat a student’s behavior poses to themselves or the community; 
  • Making referrals to students and following up with them to ensure they are connecting with those referrals. 

If you ever need assistance with an emergency situation or are not sure where to go and want immediate assistance, contact the UNH Police Department (911). Examples of emergencies include but are not limited to: 

  • Aggressive or threatening behavior, including any physical altercation; 
  • A student discloses a plan or intent to harm other members of the UNH community; 
  • Possession of a weapon; 
  • A student is disoriented, confused, or unconscious; 
  • A wellness check is needed for a student who may be suicidal. 

Helping a Student in Distress 

If you’re working with a student in need of mental health support, we encourage you to connect them with PACS by helping them visit or contact PACS ((603) 862-2090 – 24/7). You may also consult with BIT if you believe the student is managing more significant mental health concerns including if: 

  • A student is hospitalized; 
  • A student discloses feeling suicidal; 
  • A student reports not being able to function (e.g. can’t get out of bed, can’t eat, can’t sleep); 
  • A student is entering an intensive mental health program 

To connect with BIT, contact Michael Blackman, Dean of Students, at dean.students@unh.edu.

2020-21 BIT Members

  • Ruth Abelmann, Director, Residential Life; 
  • Mike Blackman, Dean of Students, BIT Chair 
  • Elisa Bolton, Interim Director, Psychological and Counseling Center 
  • Kristin Carpenter, Associate Director, Residential Life 
  • Paul Dean, UNH Chief of Police 
  • Kathleen Grace-Bishop, Director of Education & Promotion, Health & Wellness; 
  • Donna Han, Manager, Housing, Facilities and Operation 
  • Scott Lapinski, Director, Student Accessibility Services 
  • Nate Talbot, Director, University Advising Center 
  • Rebecca Wintringer, Assistant Director, Housing 
  • Vacant, Director of Community Standards