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The Franklin County Family and Children First Council, in partnership with OACCA, Action for Children, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, is hosting two important events as part of the Building Better Lives Initiative.

The October 29 and 30 events feature Kristie Brandt, M.S., DNP, who is Director of the Parent-Infant & Child Institute in Napa, California, a ChildTrauma Academy Fellow, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics V.F. at U.C. Davis School of Medicine.  The October 29 event is tailored to youth-serving professionals and the October 30 event is tailored to Early Childhood Professionals, Home Visitors, Healthcare Providers, and Help Me Grow providers.  Click here to learn more about each event and to register.


CANS Assessment Tool Training: Nov 4-5

Dr. John Lyons, developer of the CANS tool

Dr. John Lyons, developer of the CANS tool

OACCA, in partnership with Dr. John Lyons, will present a two-day training to further the implementation of The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) evidence-based functional assessment tool across Ohio. The purpose of this training event is to increase the availability of certified CANS trainers in public and private child welfare and mental health agencies in Ohio.

The training will explore how the CANS provides direction for service planning related to needs and strengths and for levels of care placement decisions and mental health screening. Attendees can expect an overview of outcomes management, an explanation of the communication model, a detailed review of the manual with case examples, a practice vignette, and individual scoring of a vignette to attain certification in the use of the tool.


Ohio Medicaid Documentation & Reimbursement Institute

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Ohio Fostering Connections


Ohio Fostering Connections is organizing Ohio’s efforts to extend supports to foster youth through age 21.  Learn more and get involved in this statewide effort!


OACCA Releases CANS Report

OACCA is pleased to announce the release of “Use of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) in Child Welfare in the United States”. The report was commissioned by OACCA and written by Dr. John S. Lyons, developer of CANS.

Download the free report here.

The report advances an understanding of: – advantages and disadvantages of using the tool in Ohio’s child welfare system, – how the CANS is used in statewide child welfare systems, and – how the CANS is used as an outcomes management tool by providers and governments.

OACCA is partnering with ODJFS, PCSAs, and our members to explore the best methods to implement CANS in Ohio’s child welfare systems. The report will aid those efforts as it presents a variety of state implementation methods and clarifies the extent of its use with providers, clients, families, and governments.

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