Mental Health Response Team


The Mental Health Response Team (MHRT) is part of the College’s comprehensive response to the community in the event of a campus-wide, large-scale disaster. The Center for Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) coordinates training and provides direction to the team and its members. Volunteer members are selected from faculty and staff and work closely with CAPS professional staff to meet the psychological needs of the community in the hours and days following a traumatic event. The MHRT is directed by Dr. Suki Montgomery Hall, Assistant Director of the Counseling Center.

The Mental Health Response Team is a team comprised of staff and faculty who can be called upon in the case of a campus-wide emergency.  This is a program of the Office of Counseling & Wellness, and has as its mission to aid Counseling & Psychological Services in providing a comprehensive crisis response to the Ithaca College campus in an emergency situation. The MHRT with CAPS provides basic mental health support to those members of the campus involved in a crisis, and provides basic information about human response to crisis and referral information for further support and services.


Why would I want to be a MHRT Volunteer?

  • To learn the signs and symptoms of someone in crisis, and know what to do to help
  • To be involved in a crisis response plan if and when Ithaca College experiences a crisis that affected many people
  • To learn about crisis intervention & the ways we respond to crises in our lives
  • To improve your listening skills
  • To learn about the mental health resources at Ithaca College and in the community


How do I become a MHRT Volunteer?

We provide MHRT Volunteer training on a yearly basis in January.  The yearly training will take about one full day (divided into two half-days), and will include basic helping skills like listening, basic mental health assessment, triage, referral, presentations by professionals who have provided mental health crisis response post-9/11 and other campus-related crises, the importance of communication during a crisis, and hands on practicing.


If you are interested, please call/email Suki Montgomery Hall, PhD at CAPS at 274-3136 or  You will need to fill out a short application form about your interest and experience with helping others.