How to use the CANS Application on the Virtual Gateway

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

Technical resources for CANS users including: CANS FAQs (information on requirements, billing, and consent), Reference Guides and Tutorials for using the CANS application, and key information for becoming a Virtual Gateway user.

CANS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Getting on to the Virtual Gateway (VG)

To access the CANS Application on the VG:

  • You must have an account with the VG.
  • You must be CANS certified. (You can complete your CANS training and certification online)


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How to Login and Manage your Virtual Gateway (VG) Account

This guide shows you how to login and manage your Virtual Gateway (VG) account.

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Reference Guides for CANS Users

Go to the CANS Users Reference Guides web page to download the guides

  • CANS 3.0 release
  • CBHI Certified Assessor
  • CBHI Data Entry Operator
  • CBHI Organization
  • CBHI Managed Care Entity
  • CBHI CANS Consent Forms and Information Guide
  • Member Progress Report
  • CANS Activity Report Reference Guide
  • Export/File Import to MS Excel
  • Virtual Gateway Customer Service

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Online Tutorials

  • Learn how a CBHI data entry operator adds a SED/CANS Assessment – data-entry operators with an easy, interactive online lesson that walks them through the adding of a CBHI SED/CANS Assessment.
  • Learn how to edit a SED/CANS Assessment – certified assessors with an easy, interactive online lesson that steps them through activating their Certification Key and how to edit a CBHI SED/CANS Assessment.

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