Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) One CANS Per Youth
11/1/2022: Alameda County Behavioral Health has delayed the launch of the requirement for there to only be one CANS per youth since we are still working to resolve some technical challenges that would inhibit this effort significantly. We understand the importance of moving to one CANS per youth for our clients, families, our mental health providers and partners and we want to make the transition as seamless as possible.
We will keep you updated as we get closer to being able to roll this initiative out. Thank you, Jessica Vigil, LCSW Behavioral Clinician II, Special Services Coordinator Child & Young Adult System of Care Alameda County Behavioral Health
Why One CANS Per Youth:
The CANS tool is designed to facilitate communication and consensus within the treatment team. Discussions and agreement about how a child and family’s needs and strengths are described provide the foundation for decision making about what approaches to take to address the needs and build upon the strengths. In addition, DHCS (Department of Healthcare Services) shared a desire for the CANS assessment results to be used as a shared resource and to aid in collaboration among team members. As applicable, the CANS is expected to be discussed during the Child and Family Team (CFT) process.
Thinking in terms of CalAIM, similar to the Problem List, treatment teams can use the CANS to quickly gain and share salient information. For the CANS, this includes information about:a person’s
presenting needs, including the level of urgency to intervene,
strengths that can be built or accessed, and
growth and progress over time.
Engaging in a collaborative process to develop/maintain one CANS provides a framework for creating and communicating about a shared vision and uses youth/family input to directly inform team care planning decisions and monitor outcomes. This process challenges teams to surface disagreements more transparently and make shared decisions about how resources will be used.
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