Enhancing Students’ Mental Health and Well-Being

The Behavioral Intervention CARE (Concern, Assessment, Response, Evaluation) Team at Sierra College provides coordinated support for students in distress and takes a proactive approach to address concerns about student behavior, academic progress and personal issues, including mental health concerns.

The CARE Team is committed to:

  • Identifying students of concern who are in need of additional support
  • Assessing the most appropriate way to intervene and support a student
  • Addressing student behaviors that impact our campus and community
  • Intervening so a student may achieve academic and personal success

Refer Yourself or a Student to the CARE Team

If you believe a student may pose an immediate threat to the health and safety of themselves or others, call 911 and/or Department of Community Safety.

How the CARE Team Works

Once the CARE Team receives a CARE Team Referral, a member of the CARE Team will reach out to the referring party to gather more information, provide consultation and support, discuss the referral with a core group of counselors to create an action plan, and, as appropriate, create a plan to engage with the student to assess the concerns.

In most cases, a counselor on the CARE Team will reach out and invite the student to meet in person to review the concerns, assess and refer the student to campus and community resources, such as mental health resources, and coordinate follow-up care and services.

Everyone is encouraged to report concerns about students who may pose a danger to themselves or others, who may be showing signs of being in distress, or whose behavior is escalating or disruptive to others in our community.


View frequently asked questions (FAQ) by students, faculty and staff regarding the CARE team, and learn some of the signs that may signal a student needs help from the CARE Team.