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The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool facilitates communication regarding issues and strengths that should be considered during treatment.

Use of the CANS requires training and certification to ensure consistency of ratings across users. Therefore, you must successfully complete training and certification prior to using the tool in your work. Typically, consistent evaluation of vignettes at a reliability level of 0.70 is considered sufficient.

John S. Lyons, Ph.D., Senior Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall, University of Chicago, created the CANS tool in collaboration with others. The copyright is held by the Praed Foundation.


*Providers not using the CANS in a Magellan program may contact the Praed Foundation for other certification options