The BIT Process
After a BIT referral is submitted, we may reach out to schedule a BIT meeting. We will seek to gain clarification on the report and allow you to discuss the report from your perspective. The purpose of the meeting is to determine an action plan moving forward that will promote your well-being and success at USC. If you feel more comfortable having an advisor with you during the meeting, please invite them and we will make accommodations. This person can be a family member, parent, attorney, student, faculty or staff member. Please note that because the meeting is confidential, students must sign a release form [pdf] to permit the advisor to have access the case.
There are a number of responses the BIT may take when we receive a referral. After a review of concerns in the BIT referral, we may give you a phone call to check-in and/or send you’re the information for a resource we believe may be helpful to you.
Other times, we may invite you to a meeting to speak one on one about the concern for you, whether or not you identify with the concern, and how we may be able to help. In some instances, the BIT may ask you to participate in an assessment by Counseling and Psychiatry of Student Health Services.
The assessment process generally consists of 1-2 hour-long sessions. Counseling and Psychiatry will provide you and the BIT with a treatment recommendation after your assessment. In the 2018-2019 academic year, 13% of students referred to our office were also asked to complete an assessment.
After meeting receiving a recommendation from Counseling and Psychiatry the BIT may then schedule a Case Management Meeting to discuss the treatment recommendation, assist you in setting up appointments with your treatment provider, and answer any questions you may have.
If you are referred to an off-campus treatment facility, we will connect you with a Case Manager who will support you in finding a provider and ensure the proper documentation is provided to the BIT. For your first appointment at an off-campus treatment facility, take your insurance information and expect to complete initial paperwork and an assessment.