Over the last year, we at CDR have had a chance to work closely with Child Guidance Resource Centers, a multi-level mental health provider in Eastern Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia. The clinical leadership at CGRC is done by Andy Kind-Rubin Ph.D., a psychologist who though always quick to tell you “I’m not good with numbers,” also asks some of the most insightful questions on data and visualizations that I have ever heard, and knows how to carefully discern what a graph can actually mean in the day-to-day doings of a program. Working closely with Dr. Kind-Rubin is Brianna Matey, who has been spearheading the use of CANS in not only CGRC, but also in collaboration with other agencies in the Philadelphia area, so that a common language can be developed amongst providers.
Working with CGRC has been fun, since they have a very organic and indigenous TCOM system they have been developing for over four years. One of the most charming aspects of this, is the fabulous graphics of the CANS that can be found all around their agency and which I wanted to highlight today as a part of my blog.
First, if you log into the CGRC computer system, you’re going to see this guy:
While at first, Brian, our health economist, thought this might be a coffee cup (to data people, everything is a coffee cup! ?), this is actually just the agency’s CANS mascot. This is what everyone in the agency sees on their background when the log in to the system – can you think of anything that would make the centrality of TCOM more apparent. And to make it even snazzier – you notice that Mr. CANS is obviously in his summer garb here. Well, this will change in the fall and in the winter – they update the graphic for the seasons. I love it – what a better way to ensure that the TCOM implementation is staying vital and relevant to the agency as things mature.
Also fun from CGRC, is this “CANS-y Land” poster, which colorfully lays out their process for CANS completion:
If this image doesn’t tickle your heart … you’ve gotten too serious! Also, it’s really fun to take a look at this process they have laid out here, and consider how it may be the same or different from your implementation. You can see them describe the onboarding of new clinicians to the TCOM framework, integrating the CANS into clinical and evaluation processes, and even how to navigate roadblocks and problems that emerge in the CANS scoring process.
I hope people enjoy this and find it edifying. If you know of more unique CANS or TCOM visualizations, please let us know about them, and we’d love to highlight them as well.