The CANS-MH indicator reports are derived from data submitted by select service providers when a child is admitted, over the course of care or when a child is deemed eligible for SPOA services*. CANS-MH indicators include the areas of problem presentation, risk behaviors, functioning, care intensity and organization, family/caregiver needs and strengths, and youth strengths. CANS-MH needs at the time the youth begins services are presented. Outcomes in terms of change in level of indicators from admission to discharge are also shown**.
The CANS-MH Dimension Level of Need reports display CANS-MH needs by dimension within each of the CANS-MH domains (Problem Presentation, Risk Behaviors, Functioning, Care Intensity, Child Strengths, Family Strengths) as measured at admission to a program or at the time of referral to a program through the SPOA process. 'Needs' are defined as having a rating of '2' or '3' on the CANS-MH scale. 'Needs' indicate that the youth and/or family have areas that require 'action' to make positive changes.
Since the CANS-MH indicators included in these reports are not required data elements in all programs, only those programs utilizing and submitting the CANS-MH on a relatively consistent basis are included. Data for children who were admitted to the select programs or deemed eligible for services in the SPOA process are aggregated over time including 2002 to the present. Data in these reports are updated daily. Note that program level graphs may appear more variable in comparison to statewide program type level graphs due to calculations based on small numbers. Note also that no individual client level data are available in this portal. CANS-MH instrument (pdf)
* Program types included are: HCBS-Waiver Individualized Care Coordination (HCBS-ICC), Residential Treatment Facility- Children & Youth (RTF), Intensive Case Management (ICM), Blended Case Management (BCM), Supportive Case Management (SCM), and Single Point of Access (SPOA)- Youth.
** Outcomes are not shown for youth receiving services through Single Point of Access (SPOA) because the SPOA process serves primarily as a referral mechanism and does not admit and discharge youth as do the other programs.
1. Total number of Youth admitted to the selected program type and unit during the period 2002 until the current date. 2. % Needs are calculated for each item as the total number of youth with a score of 2 or 3 on
the dimension divided by the total number of youth with a valid response on the item (total with valid CANS-MH). 3. Only Programs that submit CAN-MH assessments into the CAIRS system are displayed.