The CANS is a multiple purpose information integration tool that is designed to be the output of a collaborative assessment process. Completion of the CANS requires effective engagement using a teaming approach. The CANS must be informed by members of the Child and Family Team (CFT), including the youth and family. The CANS must be discussed, used and shared within the CFT process to support case planning and care coordination. 

The CANS was developed from a communication perspective in order to facilitate the linkage between the assessment process and the design of individualized service plans. Use of the CANS by county child welfare, juvenile probation and behavioral health departments helps to identify a range of needs and strengths of the child and caregivers; support care coordination and collaborative decision-making; and monitor outcomes of individuals, providers, and systems.

How to Enroll

Please note: You must have permission from your supervisor prior to enrolling.

To enroll, select the title of the course you are interested in, review the course details, then click the "Enroll Now" button and follow the prompts. You’ll be asked to create an account using your contact information—it's easy and will make it faster to enroll in future courses. You'll also be able to log in and manage your enrollments.

Questions? If you need help enrolling or have any questions, contact us at (530) 757-8725 or