Western Michigan University's early intervention team is a cross-functional team designed to promote student success, well-being and campus safety. This team engages in proactive and collaborative approaches to support students in distress (referred via the on-line student concern form) and identify, assess and mitigate risks to individual students and the University community.
If a person is an immediate threat to themselves or someone else, or is incapable of caring for themselves, call 911.
What the Early Intervention Team Does
The early intervention team’s primary function is to help keep the university community safe and connect distressed students to support services. EIT seeks prevention rather than reaction to students in distress. To do so, the early intervention team:
- Gathers and manages reported information from concerned campus constituents to develop plans for responding to and supporting students in distress
- Assesses the level of risk posed by a student’s behavior
- Intervenes with students and connects them to support services on and off campus
- Provides guidance and resources to concerned faculty, staff and students
EIT MEMBERSHIP AND HOW THE PROCESS WORKS
When a student concern form is filed, the EIT will receive notification then review the report and gather further information as appropriate. After review of the report, appropriate outreach and follow-up will be conducted.
Early Intervention Team Members
The early intervention team is comprised of dedicated WMU staff and faculty focused on student well-being, mental health, law enforcement, and risk assessment. Current membership includes representatives from the following departments:
- Dean of Students
- Counseling Services
- Residence Life
- Student Conduct
- WMU police
- Disability Services for Students
- Center for Counseling and Psychological Services
The information shared within this group is confidential and used for the purpose of determining the best approach to reach out to the student in distress. Confidential Counseling Services information is NOT provided to members of the early intervention team.