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BHETA CYF Outcomes Training

Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Overview Training
Course Outline
April 18, 2018
April 19, 2018
May 9, 2018

Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Online Training and Certification
Access to the CANS online certification will be available 6/2018.

This site will be updated with information, links and resources for the County of San Diego, Behavioral Health Services (BHS) providers as they become available.

CYF Outcomes Resources

New Outcomes Crosswalk Effective 7/1/18

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About CANS

The Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC-35) and the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) have been selected as the new outcome tools for the County of San Diego Mental Health Plans (MHPs). These tools will measure the child and youth functioning, as intended by Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 14707.5. Both measures will be administered to children and youth up to age 21 in mental health treatment programs that utilize CCBH to claim to Medi-Cal effective July 1, 2018.

The PSC-35 is a psychosocial screening tool completed by the parent/caregivers to facilitate the recognition of cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems so that appropriate interventions can be initiated.

The CANS is a structured assessment for identifying strengths and needs of the youth and family. The tool provides a framework for developing and communicating a shared vision and uses youth and family information to inform planning, support decisions and monitor outcomes. The Standard CANS Comprehensive version is expected to be utilized. The CANS is to be completed by the provider with the youth and caregiver. It is free to use, but providers must complete either an in-person or online training and an online certification to use the tool.

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