In the Dear Collaborative column, we’ll answer YOUR questions about TCOM or the TCOM tools (CANS, ANSA-T, ANSA).
Each newsletter features top questions submitted to the Alameda TCOM Collaborative. If you have an urgent or critical CANS-related question, you can contact your agency's CANS/TCOM Coordinator or one of the Collaborative Members at any time.
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Q1: Are the CANS/ANSA considered Communimetric tools? What the heck does that mean?
A1: According to tool developer John Lyons, Communimetrics is designed to make thinking processes transparent and provide a conceptual organization or framework for the thinkers to be attuned to the relevant factors that must be thought through in any particular circumstance. In other words, a Communimetric tool (like the CANS/ANSA) attempts to delineate common factors in the lives of participants that are important to address, measure, and/or recognize. What makes it a Communimetric tool rather than just a metric tool, is the agreed upon numeric designations that are designed to be easily communicated and understood by all members of the system, creating an enhanced opportunity for collaborating in a shared vision of treatment.
Q2: Why is there so much information on TCOM? What does it mean? Why is it a part of the CANS/ANSA?
A2: TCOM is an acronym that stands for Transformation Collaborative Outcomes Management. TCOM is the philosophy/framework developed to ensure greater collaboration between providers and consumers as well as to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided in a complex, mental health system. The CANS and ANSA are communimetric (see Q1) assessment tools developed to accomplish the principles of TCOM; it measures transformation change, creates a structure for collaboration, and makes outcomes transparent and quantifiable. Consequently, it is important to focus on TCOM and its greater philosophy in an effort to foster a more in-depth understanding of the CANS and ANSA tools.
Q3: Why are there so many versions of the Alameda CANS/ANSA? How do I know which version to certification test to take?
A3: The different versions of the Alameda CANS/ANSA were created to be slightly different based on the age of the participants being assessed. It is important to note that getting certified in any one version enables a clinician to administer any of the various versions of the assessment. This is helpful for those service providers who work with different age groups.
Here is a breakdown of the currently available tools; each has an available certification test on www.tcomtraining.com:
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