Introduction to the Child & Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS) Our Community. Our Kids. Dr. Gary Buff, Ed.D . President and COO. Webinar Overview Light Housekeeping
Introduction to the Child & Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS)
Our Community. Our Kids.
Dr. Gary Buff, Ed.D.
President and COO
What is the context for this conversation?
Why are we talking
CANS data will contribute to:
Assign children to the appropriate levels.
Monitoring the progress of an individual child and program services outcomes.
Quality improvement efforts both within programs and throughout the network.
CANS Communication Objectives
What is CANS Purpose?
Communication top priority.
Easy to use and results are actionable
Facilitate effective communication and shared vision for everyone serving the child.
Provide information regarding the child and family's service needs for use during system planning and/or quality assurance monitoring.
Where Do We Go From Here?
How CANS is Administered
Method of administration: Instrument is rated by the child’s provider based on information collected during the assessment process, collateral contacts, family member contact, foster parent observations and youth face to face interactions.
Frequency of administration:After the comprehensive assessment is completed an update of the CANS will be done prior to completing service plans. The CANS can also be completed if new information prompts a level change.
Time required:It takes about 15 minutes to complete 45 items on the CANS answer form. Network Providers may complete the CANS assessment in OC-OK's Evolv software, or they may upload the CANS data from an internal software system via the Provider Information Exchange (PIX).
Once you log in and create a user account you can access additional information about CANS at: