School Behavioral Threat Assessment & Management Team (BTAM)

Last Updated: 5/1/2024 3:30 PM

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School Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management Team Information


On August 1, 2022, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law N.J.S.A. 18A:17-43.4, requiring the establishment of a multi-disciplinary threat assessment team in each public school, charter school, and renaissance school project. The purpose of a threat assessment team is to provide teachers, administrators, and other staff with assistance in identifying students with behaviors of concern, and assessing those students’ risk for engaging in violence or other harmful activities and delivering intervention strategies to manage the risk of harm for students who pose a potential safety risk.

The law also requires the board of education of each school district and the board of trustees of each charter school or renaissance school project to develop and adopt a policy for the establishment of a multi-disciplinary threat assessment team at each school. Any policy developed by a school district, charter school or renaissance school project concerning the establishment of a multi-disciplinary threat assessment team must be aligned with the Guidance on the Establishment and Training of K-12 Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management Teams (BTAM), developed by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) in consultation with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and State law enforcement agencies.


School stakeholders who have any immediate concerns related to possible harm to any student (including self-harming behavior), or any potential threats to our schools, are asked to contact their Principal and/or the Jersey City Police immediately (201) 547-5477.


Other reports or concerns can be shared with the each school's BTAM by downloading the fillable form and uploading it using the school specific button on this page. Reports can be made anonymously.


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For a life-threatening emergency, always dial 911.

An emergency is considered to be any serious and sudden medical, emotional, or behavioral health situation that, if not given immediate professional attention, could lead to your child being severely harmed or possibly harming someone else.


If you have an emergency situation involving your child that is life-threatening, seek help immediately by dialing 911.


New Jersey's suicide prevention line, NJ Hopeline, is available by phone (855-654-6735), chat, text and email. The U.S. line for individuals with suicidal thoughts is 800-273-TALK



If your situation is not immediately life-threatening, contact PerformCare at 1-877-652-7624 and follow the menu prompts provided for an urgent situation. You  will be asked a series of questions to determine how PerformCare can help. If there is a need for your child to be evaluated for hospitalization, they will refer you to a local screening center.


Mobile response stabilization services (MRSS)

PerformCare may authorize Mobile Response Stabilization Services (MRSS) to come to your home within one hour of notification to provide face-to-face crisis services. The goal is to stabilize behavior and keep your child at home. Mobile response is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can offer up to eight weeks of stabilization services.


Additional Info



1. Download the PDF fillable form below. Fill out the form completely. 


2. Upload and submit the Report to your School's Team by utilizing the "BTAM Report Submission" Button. 


Note: Please note that submitted reports are reviewed on Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM EST - 4 PM EST.


If you have information to share that is time-sensitive and is of an emergency and/or concerning nature, outside of the school day, please call 911 or the Jersey City Police Department at (201) 547-5477.


Concerned parties are always encouraged to contact their school principal directly to report potentially harmful, threatening  and/or concerning behaviors.