Special teams at U.S. universities try to identify students at risk of violence

A BIT does not always connect a student directly with mental health care. Sometimes, officials instead contact the student’s parents, said Brian Van Brunt, executive director of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association. At the association’s regional conference last month in Pleasant Hill, outside San Francisco, Van Brunt told attendees their work was similar to the mandate an “air traffic control” unit has to prevent crashes.