Psychological Emergencies

NCSSM cares about students' well-being and their ability to function safely and independently in both the academic and residential components of the school. NCSSM has a Care Process to support students who experience a psychological/emotional crisis. If a student is deemed to be in crisis, the Dean of Counseling or a NCSSM Personal Counselor will meet with the student to gather information and contact the parent/guardian to collaborate on necessary supports that need to be secured for the student’s well being. It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to come immediately to NCSSM to assist in the student’s care, if requested. In an effort to meet the emotional needs of the student, the student and their family may need to follow a Care Process. This process includes time at home, a written psychological evaluation with treatment plan by a licensed mental health professional, and a reentry meeting with members of Student Life and Counseling Services. With input from the mental health professional, student, family/guardian, and the student’s support team, the Vice Chancellor for Student Life will make a decision concerning if and when the student may return to campus. When appropriate, an Individualized Support Plan and Safety Plan are developed.