Ventura County, California is implementing a new approach that will allow its Behavioral Health and Child Welfare divisions to share information through a coordinated effort to provide holistic care for all families and children. The initiative, called “One Child One CANS,” will share data from Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessments, which the county departments administer to assess a child’s level of need for services. Currently the two county agencies, Behavioral Health and Child Welfare, use different versions of the CANS assessment, which has posed a barrier to sharing information about children served by both agencies. The . . .
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