CANS Training Series | Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment Tools

With leadership from Governor DeWine’s Children’s Initiative, the Ohio Department of Medicaid in partnership with state child-serving agencies and the Praed Foundation created an Ohio-specific Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool and Decision Support Model that all Ohio CANS assessors will be expected to utilize.

The CANS is a support tool in the clinical decision-making process to determine eligibility into OhioRISE and level of care and service planning. The Ohio CANS assessment tool has been developed for broad application across multiple systems, including youth involved in child protection, developmental disability, department of youth services, and mental health and addiction. This ensures youth only need to go through one assessment across multiple providers. The tool gathers all dimensions of the youth and family story to determine needs and strengths and integrates multiple storytellers capturing the voice of the youth and family to produce a full consensus-based assessment. The CANS is updated routinely over the course of treatment to continue ongoing care planning.

About the Trainings
For individuals that have not been trained to administer the CANS, a TCOM (Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management) and Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS Comprehensive training will be required for certification to conduct CANS assessments. If you are due for recertification, you will need to take the full certification (TCOM and CANS) on the new model upon your recertification date.

For individuals who have previously been trained to administer the CANS and possess an active CANS certification, a 2.5-hour virtual booster training has been developed by the Praed Foundation to provide guidance on the model that has been updated to be specific to Ohio.  All actively certified CANS assessors are required to take the booster training on the new model so that there is standardization of the tool until all assessors are fully trained.

Also, learn more about the Governor’s initiative at OhioRISE (Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence). is presented by The Center for Innovative Practices | Part of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention
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