We are happy to be part of the countywide implementation of a standardized assessment tool so that we all can work towards meeting the needs of children, youth and families through a strength-based needs-driven approach.
The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Comprehensive Assessment is being used throughout the United States by many different organizations and individuals.
- The CANS, developed by John S. Lyons, PhD, was modified for use by the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health.
- The CANS is a document that organizes clinical information collected during a behavioral health assessment in a consistent manner to improve communication among those involved in planning care for a child or adolescent.
- The CANS is also used as a decision-support tool to guide care planning and to track changing strengths and needs over time.
- The CANS has three primary uses—as a decision support tool, as a quality improvement tool and as an outcome monitoring tool.
- As an assessment tool, the CANS can be used by child and family teams to develop a plan of care.
- As a quality improvement tool, the CANS can be used with the Treatment Fidelity Index to determine if the strengths and needs identified are incorporated into the plan of care.
- As an outcome monitoring tool, the CANS may be used by the larger systems of care to track aggregate improvement by children and families on the entire tool or on a particular domain of the tool.
Manuals and Forms
Objective Arts (OA)
Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA)
Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM)
California Alliance of Child and Family Services
Massachusetts Government EOHHS CANS Website
State of Wisconsin CANS Website
State of Maryland CANS Website
Department of Behavioral Health