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Mental Health Services and Threat Assessment in the Community CollegeJessica SchulBall State University Mental Health Services and Threat AssessmentCommunity colleges and four-year institutions alike face the challenge of providing mental health services for their ever-changing student body. Students are coming to the collegiate setting with more diagnosed mental health issues than ever before. As college administrators strive to provide the best resources possible for these students, college administrators and staff must also be aware of the threat that distressed students can pose to other students and staff. Threat assessment teams have become more prevalent during the past ten years as incidents similar to the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings have increased in number and frequency. With the rising cost of higher education and the collegiate experience, students are demanding that college administrators provide a safe and secure learning environment by assessing all threats to students no matter the degree. Community colleges often have fewer resources to provide mental health services for their students or enough staff to coordinate a threat assessment team. This has caused concern that community college students are not receiving adequate mental health services nor are they receiving the benefits of having vigilant threat assessment teams. This information begs the question of whether community colleges are providing adequate mental health services to th

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