The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment Tool

assessment 02 Pursuant to the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR), county child welfare agencies are implementing the California Integrated Practice Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment tool.According to its developer, John Lyons, the CANS is a multi-purpose tool that supports decision-making, including level of care and service planning, which allows for the monitoring and outcome of services.When used as part of the CFT process, as California is doing, the CANS Assessment can help guide conversations among CFT members about the well-being of children and youth, identify their strengths and needs, inform and support care coordination, aid in case planning activities, and inform decisions about placement.

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