The CANS/ANSA is a helpful document that can be used in supervision to help organize clinical information collected during assessment in a consistent manner to improve communication among those involved in planning care for a child or adolescent. Supervisors can use the CANS/ANSA as a decision-support tool, as a quality improvement tool and as an outcome monitoring tool. Discussions about agreement on how the child’s needs and strengths are described provides the foundation for agreement about what approaches to take to address those needs and identify and build strengths.
ALAMEDA ANSA TRAINING 2.0 "An introduction to the ANSA tool from a supervisor's perspective. The training provides an overview to ANSA and directly addresses techniques, tools, and resources for engaging staff in its use. The Alameda ANSA Training 2.0 presentation has rolled out in Alameda county as a way to help supervisors better understand and adopt the tool with their staff."
CANS RESPONSIBILITIES ACROSS THE AGENCY "CANS is an assessment tool used not just by Clinicians, but by everyone across the agency. No matter your role or job position, you play an active part in the utilization of CANS—whether it’s through gathering information directly with families or assessing patterns in CANS data across programs."
INCORPORATING THE CANS/ANSA INTO CLINICAL SUPERVISION Many supervisors don’t quite know how to incorporate the CANS/ANSA into their supervision discussions with clinicians and other treatment team members. This tip sheet provides some key questions that supervisors can use to help bring the CANS/ANSA into the room.