Assessment and Care Team

The Assessment and Care Team is composed of two full-time Assessment and Care Specialists (ACS) with law enforcement and mental health expertise. This partnership is between University of Iowa Department of Public Safety and Human Resources. The ACS are the primary contacts for the University Community concerned with behaviors and situations which have a potential for self-harm and/or harm to others. The initial contact to the ACS is typically made via phone, and/or email. Currently, serving as Assessment and Care Specialists are Lieutenant Peter Berkson, Certified Peace Officer, University of Iowa Department of Public Safety and Jane Caton, Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), University Human Resources, or their designees.

Their responsibilities include:

  • Receiving information about concerning behavior.
  • Implementing/coordinating the risk/threat assessment response.
  • Discerning trends and/or patterns of at risk and threatening behaviors.
  • Providing outreach to the UI Campus and surrounding communities as appropriate.
  • Providing education and training for employees, faculty, staff and students.
  • Prioritize cases as to the assessed urgency.