Alameda County Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and Adult Needs and Strengths (ANSA) Initiative

Greetings! Welcome to the Alameda County CANS/ANSA Website.

We are pleased to announce that the CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths) and ANSA (Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment) are being implemented across the BHCS Systems of Care for Children, Transition Age Youth, Adults and Older Adults. The CANS and ANSA are comprehensive standardized, easy-to-use assessment tool developed by John Lyons, Ph.D., that:

  • Provides multi-system partners with instantly understandable information about an individual´┐Żs needs and strengths.
  • Supports care planning , level of care decision-making and treatment recommendations
  • Enables clinicians, supervisors, agency directors, and system administrators to effectively monitor progress and outcomes.
  • Facilitates the linkage between the assessment process and the design of individualized service plans including the application of evidence-based practices.

On this website, you will find basic information related to the Alameda County CANS/ANSA Initiative, including: