Enhancing Students’ Mental Health and Well-Being

The Behavioral Intervention CARE (Concern, Assessment, Response, Evaluation) Team at AVѧԺ 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

How to Refer Yourself or Another Student to the CARE Team

Please email the following information when submitting a referral to the CARE Team (CAREteam@sierracollege.edu): 

  • Your name and contact information.  
  • Your relationship with the student.  
  • The students name, contact information, and student id number (if known) 
  • What caused you to be concerned about the student? 
  • Any additional information that would be helpful for the CARE Counselor to know before reaching out to the student to offer services  

When to be Concerned

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. 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 via email (CAREteam@sierracollege.edu), 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 , and coordinate follow-up care and services.


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.