Alameda County Behavioral Health will implement the "One CANS per Youth" initiative later this summer. This effort will ensure that each client will only have one CANS assessment at a time. This approach reduces the burden for clients, families and caregivers who may have to be interviewed for the CANS questions more than one time because there is more than one mental health provider working with the same client.
This will be a shift in the way providers complete CANS assessments and how they follow our CANS timelines when there is more than one provider involved with a client. One CANS per Youth will promote efforts in care collaboration and teaming and will eliminate inefficiencies that occur when multiple providers produce an assessment on the same client. CANS is an assessment tool designed to help clients, families/caregivers and providers understand what the needs and strengths are for the client and caregivers and to help care team members focus on these items collaboratively.
Alameda County Behavioral Health will be coming out with a One CANS per Youth grid as time gets closer to provide direction to our mental health providers and partners in understanding which role would be the primary staff responsible for completing the CANS assessment with the collaboration of the other providers involved.
Please stay tuned!
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