For the last two years, California behavioral health providers have been regularly rating Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessments with families in their care. Organizations are now in the flow of yearly staff certification, adjusting clinical workflows and processes to include CANS rating and treatment planning, and conceptualizing needs and strengths in terms of CANS.
Now the question is:
Are you and your agency’s families getting the most from CANS?
Because–to be frank–the CANS is deep. While it starts as a paper form that some faceless bureaucracy is demanding you do, it quickly becomes one of the most sophisticated analytic tools in human services to date.
Take a look at your CANS implementation, and ask yourself if you are able to do this:
- Can your workforce clearly communicate the “bottom line” of a CANS, and do families walk away with something helpful when a rating is done?
- Do your clinicians have the tools to understand client history and treatment planning with helpful CANS reports at the client level?
- Can your clinical supervisors compare clinician caseloads against each other? Can clinician outcomes be compared to each other?
- Are you able to look at the clinical performance of your programs? Can you look at the differences and similarities in the populations entering and leaving your programs?
- Does your team regularly review CANS numbers? Do you have a sense for your organization’s norms? Would you know how to compare your own organization’s norms to other providers in your area? Or even providers across the state?
When powered with the appropriate technology, the CANS has much to offer your organization and the care you provide. This doesn’t just happen overnight, but with focus and support, organizations across California are finding they can unlock the power of CANS to show their value and make an impact.
Towards this end, I am going to be holding a special workshop on “Getting the most out of your CANS initiative in California” April 1 (that ain’t no joke ;P) In this brown bag event, I will demonstrate the many solutions and services CDR provides, from our proprietary software the DataPool, with which organizations power their CANS implementation, to our analytic and training services. CDR is a full services support program for CANS. We help providers, government and managed care gain unprecedented power necessary for success in everything from value-based purchasing, to simply offering the best care possible.
So come on down and see what there is to unleash in your CANS initiative, by joining us April 1, 2021!