CANS-NY Technical Assistance Institute

Providing training, coaching, and technical assistance in effective use of the CANS tool in New York

Early in 2018, Chapin Hall launched the “CANS NY Technical Assistance Institute.” New York State is using the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) as its primary outcomes management tool. This tool puts individuals and families at the center of planning their own care, while it provides critical information to drive positive system change. The new Institute supports effective use of the CANS-NY by care managers and supervisors, and provides a system of training, coaching, and technical assistance.

The CANS NY Collaborative Workgroup includes:Map of New York showing four areas of implementation
Hillside Family of Agencies (teal)
The Sidney Albert Training and Research Institute (SATRI) (green)
Collaborative for Children and Families (deep blue, New York City)
Astor Services for Children and Families (orange)

The Institute is supported by the NYS Department of Health and facilitated by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Executive leadership comes from Dr. John Lyons, who is the primary developer of the CANS and who has supported 36 statewide implementations of the tool. Dr. Suzanne Button, the Institute’s director, has more than 20 years experience with behavioral health care and social service programming in New York.

A collaborative workgroup, consisting of four private organizations with notable experience in training and CANS-NY usage, will provide coaches and training for those using the tool in their region.

This collaborative workgroup is guided and supported by data gathered through the yearly statewide Learning Needs Assessment. This assessment identifies training and support needs related to use of the CANS-NY. It will be distributed to agencies across the state that are using the tool. The results of this assessment will be reviewed by the Institute and available to CANS-NY users and key stakeholders through the TCOM site.

The Institute’s training and coaching activities are also informed by an Impact Board of youth and families with lived experiences of care, and key stakeholders from State Partners of AIDS Institute (AI), the Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and many others. CANS-NY Institute leadership provides monthly email updates to the Impact Board about its progress and findings, and will hold bi-annual meetings to elicit input on emerging learning needs, Institute effectiveness, and consumer perspective on the CANS-NY.

Information about regional coaches, scheduled trainings, and other resources can be found at the Department of Health website. Additional information, tip sheets, and support for users of the CANS-NY can be found on the TCOM Training site or at TCOM Conversations. For more information about the CANS-NY Technical Institute, contact Dr. Button.