The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) is pleased to implement a countywide standardized assessment tool as we all work toward meeting the mental health needs of the adult population and their families.

The Adult Needs & Strengths Assessment (ANSA) is a comprehensive assessment of psychological and social factors for use in treatment planning.

The department developed the ANSA-San Bernardino (ANSA-SB) from various ANSA and CANS manuals used around the United States.

Each item in the ANSA-SB was reviewed by clinical and administrative staff of DBH to ensure all items are suitable for the population served by the department. The final version of the ANSA-SB was approved by the Praed Foundation, which is responsible for ensuring that the integrity of the assessment tool is maintained.

  • The ANSA is a multi-purpose tool developed for adult behavioral health services.
  • The ANSA is used in adult individual treatment plans to measure functioning in several important life domains.
  • The ANSA is an assessment strategy and communication process with the consumer and family.
  • The ANSA is a tool that helps to support decision making and level of care and service planning.
  • The ANSA helps to facilitate quality improvement initiatives and allows for the monitoring of outcomes of services.
  • The ANSA is also used to ensure projected goals are being met.


Designated Treatment Programs
The following clinics will be implementing the ANSA-SB with Full Service Partners (FSPs), ages 18 and over, effective October 5, 2015:

  • Barstow Counseling Center
  • Mariposa Community Counseling
  • Mesa Counseling Services
  • Phoenix Community Counseling Center
  • Victor Valley Behavioral Health Service


Completion Timelines

  • New FSP Clients – complete initial ANSA assessment when completing initial Partnership Assessment Form (PAF)
  • Existing FSP Clients – complete ANSA assessment at next quarterly assessment (3M) update
  • Timeline – every 6 months or sooner if there is a significant change in the client’s presentation, and within 30 days of discharge


Refer to the TCOM Policy and TCOM Procedure for additional information.