Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)
What is the CANS?
The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strenths (CANS) tool, developed by John S.
Lyons, PhD, 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 is used in child-serving
systems in more than 30 states across the country. There are two forms of the
Massachusetts CANS (MassCANS); 'CANS Birth Through Four' and 'CANS Five Through
Twenty'. In addition, the CANS assessment form includes a determination of
whether a child meets the criteria for serious emotional disturbance.
For information on the Massachusetts CANS Forms, the CANS Rating Sheets, the CANS Users Guides, the Massachusetts CANS Consent Documents, the CANS Race, Ethnicity and Primary Language Information, CANS FAQ, using CANS Application on the Virtual Gateway, CANS Training and Certification, Helpful Contact Information, and Useful Resources, go to www.mass.gov/masshealth/childbehavioralhealth then click on "Information for Providers" then "CANS tools."
Please click the links below for the MBHP CANS Provider Alerts.
Alert 37 - CANS - May 7, 2008
Alert 37 - Attachment 1 CANS - May 7, 2008
Alert 39 - CANS Update 1 - Aug 1, 2008
Alert 48 - CANS Provider Alert - Nov 10, 2008
Alert 53 - CANS Provider Alert - Dec 4, 2008
Alert 60 - CANS Provider Alert - April 16, 2009
Massachusetts CANS Training and Certification Log In
Information and Assistance with the Virtual Gateway: Click on "Information for Providers" then "CANS tools".