The VC Behavior & Intervention Care Team helps keep our community healthy and safe. You are an important member of the team. Your reports allow the team to reach out to individuals and provide appropriate intervention and support. With your help, the team is better able to keep the campus a safe environment in which students, faculty and staff may live, study and work.


If you are reporting an immediate threat to self or others, call 911.

Our focus is care and concern for students, faculty, and staff members who may be in distress. We coordinate resources and implement a centralized response, with the goals of providing assistance to the individual and keeping our community healthy and safe.

What is a BICT Team?

A behavioral & intervention care team (BICT) is a multi-disciplinary group whose purpose is meeting regularly to support its target audience (students, employees, faculty, staff) via an established protocol. The team tracks “red flags” over time, detecting patterns, trends, and disturbances in individual or group behavior. The team receives reports of disruptive, problematic, or concerning behavior or misconduct (from co-workers, community members, friends, colleagues, etc), conducts an investigation, performs a threat assessment, and determines the best mechanisms for support, intervention, warning/notification, and response. The team then deploys its resources, and the resources of the community, and coordinates follow-up. The BICT Team is a concept originally designed not as a response to campus shootings and violence, but as a proactive way to address the growing need in the college and university community for a centralized, coordinated, caring, developmental intervention for those in need, prior to crisis.

The BICT Team at Ventura College:

  • JP Schumacher, Co-Chair, VP of Student Affairs
  • Gema Espinoza Sanchez, Co-Chair, Dean of Student Affairs
  • Lt. Mike Palloto, VCCCD Police Department
  • Mr. Andrew Nelson, LCSW
  • Ms. Lucy Capuano, Psychology Faculty
  • Mr. Steven Turner, ADA Faculty Specialty

**Other individuals may be pulled in on an as needed basis