Your Questions Answered: Texas CANS Assessment

Authors: Nate Lubold, Rebecca Raczka and Kate Gallagher

What is the CANS Assessment?

The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment, is known as the Texas CANS 2.0. It is a reliable and valid assessment tool used to measure child and youth functioning via a common tool. It is supported by a variety of service lines and populations and used in a diverse system of care.

It is not a tool used to diagnose a child; rather, it is based on the communimetrics theory of communication. The CANS assessment is designed to facilitate meaningful dialogue and create a common language among all partners participating in the child’s treatment.

How would my program use the CANS to complete our clinical work? 

There are a variety of options for how the CANS assessment can support clinical work at your agency. For example, there is the capability to track clinician sessions, utilize and build evidence-based practices within the system, and collect information via the dynamic progress notes for programs.


What type of programs are already using the CANS assessment in Texas?

Within the family court model of the court system, agencies are using data from completed assessments to develop a collaborative approach to treatment and bridge the communication gap between human services and the court system. County behavioral health providers are using it for youth and adults in a traditional CANS assessment utilization model.


How can our program connect our data with existing Advanced Metrics software?

There are multiple ways for your program to connect your data with Advanced Metrics software solutions. For example, your organization may complete a direct data access application into our system, or an Application Program Interface (API) can be used to connect to your electronic health record or databases to our software solution.


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