Clinical Guidance on the CANS

MassHealth Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI), Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)

CANS User Guides

An essential reference that provides detailed guidance on the scoring rating of each CANS item.

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CANS Family Guide

A two-page document that explains the “what” and the “why” of the CANS to family members. We encourage providers to share this with families during the initial assessment period.

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Assessing Child Outcomes with the CANS

This brief article provides some guidance on how to assess child outcomes with the CANS.

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CANS Race, Ethnicity, and Primary Language Information

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