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The two training events feature Kristie Brandt, M.S., DNP, a national expert in trauma informed care.

October 29 – 12:45 PM – 4:45 PM – for Professionals in Youth Serving Organizations

October 30 – 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM – for 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 CANS

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.


Prepare for the ICD­‐10/DSM­‐5 Transition


Trainer: Lisette Wright

Ohio behavioral health organizations are faced with the enormous challenge of transitioning from the current DSM-IV-TR/ICD-9 to the new DSM-5/ICD-10. OACCA is offering a training to empower your organizations to successfully make this transition.

December 10, 2014
Worthington Hills Country Club, Columbus, Ohio


Ohio Kinship Care Summit: November 17

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The Ohio Kinship Summit is structured to provide a forum for public and private child welfare agency staff to learn about existing and emerging kinship treatment foster care models and assess their own kinship systems. The Summit will provide the impetus for a public/private partnership to create and implement a strategy that will engage and support kin as treatment foster parents.

We look forward to your participation in this unique Summit as an opportunity to forge new strategies and models to better serve children and youth in kinship placement.


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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