The CANS is a multiple purpose information integration tool that is designed to be the output of an assessment process. The purpose of the CANS is to accurately represent the shared vision of the child/youth serving system—children, youth, and families. As such, completion of the CANS is accomplished in order to allow for the effective communication of this shared vision for use at all levels of the system. Since its primary purpose is communication, the CANS is designed based on communication theory rather than the psychometric theories that have influenced most measurement development.
The CANS-IP is a structured evaluation tool used for identifying youth and family needs amenable to intervention and strengths that can be capitalized upon. It provides a framework for developing and communicating a shared vision for addressing the needs. It utilizes youth and family information to inform planning, support decision.
Please Note: CANS training access is for DMH and DMH Contracted Agency staff only.