This two-day training gives participants an understanding of how California will use the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) as a strategy to meet the Integrated Core Practice Model (ICPM) vision for creating behavioral objectives with families and teams. The ICPM articulates the shared values, core components, and standards of practice reflecting findings of current research that demonstrate how collaborative and integrated family services work best in meeting the complex needs of children, youth, nonminor dependents, and families involved with multiple, government- funded organizations.
The CANS is a multi-purpose tool designed to be the output of a collaborative assessment process. It supports care planning and decision-making, facilitates quality improvement initiatives, and allows for the monitoring of outcomes and services.
Using vignettes and small group activities, this two-day, interactive session will prepare users for certification and use of the CANS in Child and Family Team (CFT) meetings, care coordination and case planning. Principles and best practices in using the CANS as an assessment strategy and tool to monitor outcomes and inform plans will be addressed.