EDPlan: Student Behavioral Threat Assessment (BTA) Solution

School-based teams proactively address student threats of violence to others and to self.


The U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security state that the best way to lower the risk of student violence is to engage in the process of behavioral threat assessment.

"These are not sudden, impulsive acts where a student suddenly gets disgruntled. The majority of these incidents are preventable. Schools need to think differently about behavior, school discipline and intervention.”

- Lisa Alathari, Ph.D., Chief of U.S. Secret Service - National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC)

 

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Use an evidence-based, multidisciplinary team approach to identify, evaluate, assess, and support students of concern who present a potential threat to themselves or to others.

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Related Documents


Broward County Public Schools Case Study

Addressing a Child’s Call for Help: Connecting Social Emotional Well-Being, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, and Risk Assessment, White Paper

Rethinking School Safety in the New Normal, White Paper

Salem-Keizer Model Reference Sheet

Behavioral Threat Assessment (BTA) Data Sheet

 

Our Solution

PCG’s student Behavioral Threat Assessment (BTA) solution uses a case management approach and offers multiple pathways to manage threats-to-others and threats-to-self.

We offer out-of-the-box configurations for student threat assessment aligned to state and local guidelines for:

  • The Salem-Keizer Student Threat Assessment Team (STAT) model
  • The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services model
  • The Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG) model


The BTA solution also includes a configurable Self-harm/Suicide Risk Assessment (SRA) process to support school teams charged with helping those with suicidal ideation.

The SRA solution allows districts to implement a standardized procedure to assess a student’s suicide risk. Using this tool, staff are able to use the same language, which is understood by all, to discuss a student’s status and make plans for appropriate care.

Our SRA process will guide users to gather information relevant to the student’s history, synthesize the information into a prevention-oriented suicide risk level determination, and develop a safety plan as appropriate.

Our scalable solution works to support teams in large top 10 school districts such as Broward and Hillsborough counties in Florida, top 50 school districts such as Prince William County in Virginia, and various small districts and charter schools across the nation.

Core Benefits

System Process

The graphic below shows the process a user would follow in our system when performing a Risk Assessment. The process is aligned to your state- and district-specific processes and procedures.

 


Pathway to Violence

Multidisciplinary teams implement a consistent, structured approach to identify and support students who present a potential risk of violence/aggression, self-harm, or other concerning behaviors.

Our solution helps school personnel identify students who are exhibiting behaviors along the pathway to violence and intervene with supports designed to de-escalate those behaviors in order to mitigate risk.