Abington Care Team

Abington Care Team

The Abington Care Team (ACT) is a service at Penn State Abington that provides members of the Abington community an opportunity to share a concern about a student’s wellness or safety. The main purpose of the ACT is to be proactive in assisting students of concern and intervening with students who appear to be having academic or health/safety issues.

Goals

Identification of students who are at risk in one of the following areas:

  • Students not responding to faculty attempts related to class attendance, course performance, etc.
  • Personal health or wellness; students who continue to exhibit symptoms of impaired health, even after appropriate referral to a health provider
  • Students exhibiting behaviors or expressing comments which have the potential to impact the safety of self or others
  • Students exhibiting strange or bizarre behavioral patterns that have the potential for disruption to others and impaired performance; or extreme changes in behavioral patterns i.e. hyperactivity or very rapid speech, depressed or lethargic mood, deterioration in hygiene, withdrawn or disengaged, etc. (For mental health emergencies related to imminent danger to self or others please call 911.)

How does the Abington Care Team work?

If you have a concern about a student, please submit your concern on the ACT form.

Penn State Abington students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to share concerns related to student behavior as it relates to academic progress, wellness or safety. The ACT will meet to review concerns and determine appropriate action steps. Referrals will be made to the appropriate academic or administrative unit.

ACT is not meant to replace individual interventions by faculty and staff and should only be used if other direct methods have been tried and failed.

Abington Care Team

Academic Support: Chris Walters
Advising Center: Matt Chellel
Faculty: Roy Robson
Financial Aid: Carole Eiben
Public Safety: Kim Birch
Student Affairs: Gina D. Kaufman

Team responsibilities:

  • Review of submitted information
  • Documentation of actions
  • Appropriate delegation for follow-up based on the situation addressed

What about confidentiality?

Details reviewed in the ACT submissions will be kept confidential by all members. Information may be shared on a strictly “need to know” basis in order to refer the student to the correct campus resource or intervene as appropriate.

FERPA allows for communication to be shared among “school officials” who have a legitimate educational interest. Under FERPA, there is clear exception for any risks to health or safety.  There is also an option to submit a report anonymously.