We would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in this year’s 2021 TCOM Conference. This year, we made the choice to transition our Conference from a hybrid to virtual event due to the increase numbers of COVID-19. In this, we were still able to have an engaging and collaborative event for the 17th Annual TCOM Conference. Here is a brief recap of the event.
The 17th Annual TCOM Conference will take place October 6-8, 2021. Now that we have switched our format to entirely virtual, here are some items to expect for our virtual event.
TCOM-365 will actively support the work of those who have attended conferences in the past, who will attend this year, and those who may have never have the opportunity to attend the actual event. We will be bringing TCOM worldwide through our transformative collaborations.
After careful discussion and consideration, the TCOM Team has decided to move the 17th Annual TCOM Conference, scheduled for October 6 – 8, 2021, to a solely virtual format. This decision was not made without significant deliberation.
The IPH Center is undertaking a program of research on teaming across helping organizations. Since a large focus of our work is on collaboration, we hope to try to deepen our understanding of the workplace conditions that both facilitate and frustrate effective teaming.
If you are interested and willing, we would appreciate you taking 15 to 20 minutes of your time to complete a survey that will initiate this program of research.
Thank you for considering our request.
To assure the optimal safety of all attendees, this year’s TCOM Conference in Lexington will require either evidence of full vaccination OR a negative PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours (3 days) prior to in-person conference check-in at the hotel. We will follow CDC guidelines regarding masks and social distancing during the conference.
Just like in aviation and the nuclear industry, child welfare is a safety critical industry and high stakes high consequence decisions are made every day by child welfare workers and caregivers. Dr. Michael Cull, Associate Director for the Center for Innovation in Population Health (IPH Center), was recently interviewed in Welcome to the Field, a podcast for child welfare professionals, caregivers, and community partners. This podcast is hosted by Cassie Gillespie and Pete Cudney at the University of Vermont’s Child Welfare Training Partnership. Dr. Cull discusses his work applying safety science in… Read More
Register by 11:59PM EST Saturday, July 31st, to receive 25% off the 2021 TCOM Conference.
The mission of the TCOM community has always been to elevate the shared vision of the people and the communities that serve them. We believe that every day we can play a part in helping improve the lives of the children, families and adults we serve. That being said, today is “National Be Someone Day”.
We are announcing a vignette-a-thon, an event to allow us to expand our pool of potential vignettes in areas where they are most needed. Submit a vignette that meets the mentioned criteria (per our review), and you’ll receive a discount on next year’s conference registration. Come to the conference this year and you’ll receive prizes for submissions during our social hour.
Registration for the 17th Annual TCOM Conference is now available. This year, experts and professionals throughout the field will gather to focus upon a theme of “Getting A Leg-Up on TCOM,” in Lexington, Kentucky-October 6-8, 2021. Through the TCOM Conference, we build momentum to serve youth & families in equitable and transformative ways. We hope that you will join us.
We are hosting a virtual workshop June 16 – 17, 2021 for those that are interested in being a certified Trainer in either the ANSA or CANS. Deadline to register is June 9, 2021.
Italy’s 5th TCOM Conference will present the implementation of CANS tools in Italy and in the United States for the promotion of collaborative practices oriented to outcome evaluation. In the US, about 80% of children and adolescents in care of mental health services receive an assessment through CANS. In Italy, there are about 1000 trained operators, 80 agencies involved, 7 interinstitutional research projects, and others still in the planning phase. During the training days, reflections will be presented starting from clinical research conducted with the use of the instruments of the CANS family, and the operators will be confronted with the usefulness, strengths and limits and possible future developments of this innovative approach.
As TCOM has grown, so have the members of the community we serve. We understand that continued communication with the TCOM Collaborative and understanding who you are is an important part in our goal to continue to connect and collaborate with you. That’s why we have created an audience survey, and would appreciate your participation.
The Association of Children’s Residential Centers is seeking presentations for its 65th Annual Conference, to be held August 3-6, 2021, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ACRC is seeking abstract submissions from presenters willing to present live: in-person, virtually, or in either format. They also offer a robust poster presentation session both in person and virtually. The deadline to submit a proposal will be Friday, April 30, 2021.
Recognizing the valuable TCOM work that is being engaged in around the world, we are excited to announce a quarterly blog series that will focus on implementation in different countries. These posts will provide information on implementation considerations, challenges and learning opportunities, and will give a peek into how places outside of the United States are using the TCOM tools.
We begin this series with an implementation of the CANS in its early stages in Hong Kong by Mother’s Choice, a local charity serving children without families and pregnant teenagers. The following is an interview with Dr. Saw Han Quah and Lea Wong, in which they discuss their efforts to implement the CANS.
What if adopting an entrepreneurial mindset can help academics succeed in their professional development?
New Faculty are given an office, a computer and teaching assignments and are expected to develop a successful program of research. In many ways, each faculty position is its own ‘start-up’. Like start-ups, some succeed and some do not. Perhaps we can learn from the field of entrepreneur development how to better support the process of faculty development. We welcome you to join us at our What IPH Seminar Series featuring Warren Nash, the Executive Director of The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship (VACE) at the University of Kentucky.
For the 17th Annual TCOM Conference, we are announcing a new proposal submission deadline for March 31, 2021 23:59 CST.
If you are interested in presenting at the 17th Annual TCOM Conference, you now have over two weeks to work on and submit your presentation proposal.
The Annual TCOM Conference gives us the opportunity to bring together leaders and innovators in the fields of behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and more. We would like to hear from all the voices of the TCOM Collaborative to submit a proposal for the 17th Annual TCOM Conference in Lexington, KY from October 6-8, 2021.
Ken McGill, this year’s TCOM Conference Program Chair, spoke with Lizzie Minton, Kentucky’s Clinical Consultant and a member of the 2021 TCOM Conference Program Committee, to discuss the the upcoming TCOM conference!
What are the steps needed to begin the process of getting a leg up? So getting a leg up on TCOM focuses on the goal of CANS to ‘name-it’ or – what is going on in the lives of those we serve. How can someone obtain-it if they do not first name-it or what is being identified as needs and/or strengths. The plans of care than are constructed to outline the transformation goals or the ‘gain-it.’ These become the skills, functional strengths being developed as part of care planning process. It will be the child/youth & family team that will ‘sustain-it’ developing/utilizing family & community supports. It is only with a shared vision that a child/youth, adult & their family will remain focused on reaching their own aspirational goals throughout life.
*Please note that at the time this was written, our Call for Proposals deadline was March 15, 2021. We have now extended our deadline to March 31, 2021.*
The deadline for the 17th Annual TCOM Conference Call for Proposals is two weeks away on March 15, 2021. We invite you to submit a proposal if you are interested in presenting at this year’s TCOM Conference.
What if learning how Shakespeare wrote Hamlet could help you in writing papers, grants, or even to develop a treatment plan?
In 2019, the TCOM group established the Center for Innovation in Population Health (IPH) at the University of Kentucky. We are proud to announce that through the IPH Center, we will be hosting a free seminar series, and encourage our TCOM Collaborative to attend. Stephen Wrentmore, a lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Kentucky, has experience as a theatre director, writer, curator, academic, and change consultant. In the IPH Center’s very first seminar, he will be providing a unique perspective for clinicians: What if Learning How Shakespeare Wrote Hamlet Could… Read More
In recent months, we have updated our Standard Comprehensive versions of the CANS, ANSA and FAST (with the Early Childhood and CAT versions not far behind). Keep reading to learn about general and tool-specific updates and how you can access these new versions.
Meet Ken McGill, the Conference Chairman for the 17th Annual TCOM Conference! We are grateful to have Ken be a part of the TCOM Collaborative, and we are excited to work with him on creating a fantastic event for the TCOM 2021 Conference. Let’s meet Ken!
The TCOM group established the Center for Innovation in Population Health at the University of Kentucky back in the Fall of 2019. We are proud to announce that through the IPH Center, we will be hosting a free seminar series, and encourage our TCOM Collaborative to attend.
In our very first seminar series, Stephen Wrentmore, a lecturer with the Department of Theatre and Dance, UK College of Fine Arts, will be discussing dramaturgy, the science of storytelling. Stephen will offer ideas on how dramaturgy can help researchers tell the stories of their publications, grants, or creating a treatment plan. This will give our audience an alternative way that health scientists can tell their stories and their work.
We invite all members of the international TCOM collaborative to submit proposals to present your work at this year’s TCOM Conference! For this year’s conference, we will be in Lexington, KY, where the TCOM Team is now based. We look forward to your proposals, and look forward to your attendance,
We encourage our TCOM Collaborate to celebrate this year’s festivities in ways that we hope will help keep us all safe and healthy. We understand that this may present some difficult emotional and logistical challenges. Celebrating holidays alone or only with our immediate household members can be a new hurdle that many of us haven’t experienced before. But the holidays aren’t canceled. We can still share our love, show gratitude and plan creative activities to make this holiday a season to remember.
During the TCOM 2020 Virtual Cloud Gathering Conference, Community Data Roundtable (CDR) hosted a conference-wide virtual scavenger hunt for all of our attendees.
Attached, you will find a video that Community Data Roundtable put together which highlights the winner, Lydia Shaw, receiving her gift basket, and features CDR, members of the TCOM Team, and Dr. John Lyons.
Back in September of 2019, the TCOM group established the Center for Innovation in Population Health (IPH) at the University of Kentucky.
Today we are excited to announce the launch of the IPH Center’s new website!
We hope that with our website, we can further improve our engagement with the University of Kentucky, Commonwealth of Kentucky, and beyond. On our site, you will be able to gather an understanding of what the IPH Center hopes to accomplish, the work that we do, and learn more about our team.
Two weeks ago was our 16th Annual TCOM Conference; we would like to thank everyone that participated.
The 16th Annual TCOM Conference, A TCOM Cloud Gathering. Meeting Each Other Where We Are: Collaboration in a COVID-19 World has officially ended. We hope you were able to learn and grow from this year’s sessions; the TCOM Team feels grateful that we had the opportunity to connect and collaborate with each of you.
TCOM 2020 Conference is DAYS away. The All Access Pass Sale (20% off from our regular registration) is available until Sunday, November 8th, 2020. Starting Monday, November 9th, only the 3-Day Regular Registration option will be available to register for.
Meet one of your TCOM 2020 Keynote Speakers! Featured in this post: Liz Kromrei – let’s meet Liz!
Be sure to join us virtually to hear Liz discuss “CANS Assessments in the Texas Child Welfare System: A Road Trip” on Friday, November 13th, 2020 from 11:50 – 12:35PM EST during our TCOM 2020 Cloud Gathering Conference.
Meet one of your TCOM 2020 Speakers! Featured in this post: Charlane Oliver, co-founder of the Equity Alliance. Let’s meet Charlane!
Be sure to join us virtually to hear Charlane for our Master Lecture on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 from 11AM – 1PM EST, and Roundtable from 3PM – 5PM EST on November 11th during our TCOM 2020 Cloud Gathering Conference.
Meet one of your TCOM 2020 Keynote Speakers! Featured in this post: Dr. Michael Cull
Be sure to join us virtually to hear Dr. Cull discuss “Reconsidering Resilience” on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 from 11:50 – 12:35PM EST during our TCOM 2020 Cloud Gathering Conference.
Meet one of your TCOM 2020 Keynote Speakers! Featured in this post: Dr. Khaled El Emam
Be sure to join us virtually to hear Dr. Khaled El Emam discuss “The Promise, Applications, and Challenges of Generating Synthetic Health Data” on Friday, November 13th, 2020 from 11:00 – 11:45AM EST during our TCOM 2020 Cloud Gathering Conference.
Meet one of your TCOM 2020 Keynote Speakers! Featured in this post: Jei Africa – let’s meet Jei!
Be sure to join us virtually to hear Dr. Jei Africa discuss “Emerging from the Crisis: Radical Hope, Justice and Love” on Thursday, November 12th, 2020 from 11:00 – 11:45AM EST during our TCOM 2020 Cloud Gathering Conference.
By: Barbara Ann Dunn, ACSW, LCSW, Director, Program Innovation and Outcomes, Magellan Healthcare Transitions Using Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) algorithms for access and transition decision support is particularly helpful when celebrating successes. It’s not always appropriate to use the algorithms to screen people for discharge from programs. Screening divides those who get certain services and those who don’t; however, it may not be appropriate for use in the same way for discharging. The CANS needs items get a youth into a program, while strength-building creates lasting progress. It is… Read More
Appropriate and Effective: How does managed care use the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool?
By: Barbara Ann Dunn, ACSW, LCSW, Director, Program Innovation and Outcomes, Magellan Healthcare Appropriateness and Effectiveness An appropriate service should be effective. These two Key Decisions are inextricably linked and are often the basis of medical necessity. Evidence-based practices assign a defined appropriate population and a set of measures demonstrating effectiveness and provide a good example of how the community at large and managed care can agree. More work may be required, however, to come to agreement on how the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) is used to identify the… Read More
Meeting Each Other Where We Are: Collaboration in a COVID-19 World Group rates are available for this year’s virtual conference (November 11th-13th, 2020)! Save 30% off the All Access Pass when you register a group of five people or more. Feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com for details. For registration and to view the conference agenda, please click here.
We’re extending Early Bird ticket sales to September 13th! Regular registration will begin at 12:00am on Monday, September 14th. Our conference will be virtual this year, and continuing education credits can be awarded. You can find our registration site and draft conference agenda here. We hope you’ll join us! –The TCOM Team
From Access to Engagement: How does managed care use the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths tool?
By Barbara Ann Dunn, ACSW, LCSW, Director, Program Innovation and Outcomes, Magellan Healthcare Engagement In my last post we looked at Key Decision 1 (Access) and how managed care uses the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) to enable access to services. Key Decision 2, Engagement, is about bringing people from access — opening the door — to becoming equal partners in the helping system. Engagement is built on respect and understanding that youth and family are experts in their own lives and need to captain their own ships. Engagement uses… Read More
By: Janet Hoeke, Founder and Owner of WillowTree Mosaics Recently a friend asked me to join their Wraparound care coordination team as part of the child and family team in the role of family support. The CANS wasn’t used in Idaho when my child was dealing with his serious emotional disturbance, so this was my first exposure to a process I have been advocating for over the last 4 years. Joining this team, I had only an advocate’s notion of what to expect. I have become close with this family and have… Read More
Meeting Each Other Where We Are: Collaboration in a COVID-19 World We hope you’ll join us for our virtual conference on November 11th-13th! Connection is more important now than ever. We look forward to our community coming together. Early bird registration is now open, and continuing education hours are available (if seeking CEs, please add this to your registration when prompted). We hope to “see” you soon!!
By: Barbara Ann Dunn, ACSW, LCSW, Director, Program Innovation and Outcomes, Magellan Healthcare The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) is a multi-purpose tool developed for children’s services to support decision making, including level of care and service planning, to facilitate quality improvement initiatives, and to allow for the monitoring of outcomes of services. I am often asked “How does managed care use the CANS?” Those of you who ascribe to Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM) likely recognize that managed care plays an increasing role in using clinical decision support tools… Read More
By: the TCOM Team Let’s all vote and help those who need our help to vote as well. Everyone should have a voice in creating our national shared vision. Over the past decade, a many of us have participated in a number of strategic planning processes that played off 2020 representing perfect vision (e.g. Vision 2020). Frankly none of those planning exercises anticipated the three crises that now confront us—a deadly pandemic, the resultant economic collapse, and a tragic and dramatic awakening of how far we need to go to achieve racial… Read More
By Kenneth McGill, Senior Training and Consultation Specialist from Rutgers University On June 30th New Jersey Children’s System of Care held a 2-hour Town Hall style webinar with Dr. John Lyons, developer of TCOM, who provided answers to questions from system partners on the CANS Tools (i.e., SNA, CAT, & FANS). In addition, Dr. Lyons shared the work being done at the University of Kentucky as Director of The Center for Innovation in Population Health. Click here for webinar (password: yJTJfTX7)
Post-COVID 19 Planning Strategy-As we SIFT through the impact of this worldwide traumatic event-We must support school-age children/youth towards HOPE.
By: Kenneth McGill, EdS LMFT Kenneth initially wrote this blog in early June. We find his words ring just as true today, as America continues to respond to the pandemic and the racial inequities laid bare and necessitating both a shared vision and transformation. Like many it only took me a few weeks to recognize the immense impact spreading across my local community, the state, country and throughout the world. Now, as a mental health professional, I began viewing things through a trauma lens as it became clearer that individuals, families, schools, organizations …basically… Read More
Wraparound and CANS Strengths: How to Rate CANS Strengths Effectively and Authentically with Youth and Families
By: Stephanie East, MS, MSW/CSWA, En Route, LLC One of the unique aspects of the CANS assessment is the ability to focus on the whole picture: one that highlights both current strengths and needs as a decision support tool within the Wraparound planning process. A strengths perspective highlights the skills and abilities, attributes and features, attitudes and values, culture, and preferences of youth and families and encourages us to utilize those strengths in planning. How those strengths are categorized and rated is important; if we do not as practitioners fully understand that… Read More
By: Cynthia Schelmety, Training Manager, CCF, CANS-NY Technical Assistance Institute & Cassandra Cooper, MA, LCPC, Senior Policy Analyst, University of Kentucky “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”-Aristotle Culture comes from the Latin word cultura, which basically means to build on, to cultivate, and to foster. Sometimes the term Culture is solely meant to refer to one’s race and ethnicity, but it is important to remember that there are many other elements that contribute to an individual’s culture. Elements of culture can sometimes be visible in food preferences, clothing style, language,… Read More
The TCOM team is honored to be working alongside the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health. Below is a message from Dean Donna K. Arnett regarding our country’s most recent incidents of racial injustice. We wholeheartedly affirm this message and share a commitment to seeking equity and justice for the Black community and all other marginalized people. This weekend saw multiple demonstrations and protests across the U.S. and around the world as people reacted to a series of tragic events. The pain experienced by the loved ones of George Floyd, Breonna… Read More
Free Recorded Webinar (Listening Time: 42 Minutes) Last week, TCOM colleagues Mark Lardner and Tiffany Lindsey led a webinar for CANS and ANSA clinical supervisors, coaches and trainers. In the webinar, we present several team-based strategies from our Team First: Field Guide, which is a free download at The Praed Foundation’s homepage. Texas was gracious enough to let us share it with the TCOM Community. Download the webinar for free at the link below: Webinar Link As always, we’d love your feedback and ideas for future webinars.
By: Rebekka Schaffer, Workforce Development and Conference Coordinator, Center for Innovation in Population Health I don’t know about you, but every time I turn on my television, or check my email, or try to order something online, I’m reminded that we’re living in “unprecedented and uncertain times”. It’s a little ironic that the phrase itself has become one of the only predictable things about this season of life. As the communications lead for the TCOM team, I’ve been tempted to use that phrase myself (I actually might have already done it…please don’t… Read More
By: Mark Lardner, LCSW, Center for Innovation in Population Health When a system is looking for an assessment process to help improve their work with individuals, they often explore the TCOM approach. A simplified description of an initial implementation of TCOM tools would include the following activities. First, local versions of the tools are designed with input from a variety of stakeholders. Next, policies are developed that define the population (the youth, families or individuals) to be assessed, and the timeframes for the completion of the assessment. Finally, training is rolled out for the… Read More
By: Dr. John Lyons Much has been said about our current cultural moment… where it appears truth does not matter to a large segment of our population. All that matters is ‘winning’ and if winning requires you to provide inaccurate or misleading information, then it is just another strategy to ‘win’. This cultural belief system, of course, represents an existential crisis for all of science and, of course, TCOM as well. If truth doesn’t matter in social services then we should all just claim we are doing a ‘perfect’ job and that… Read More
By: Cinthya Chin Herrera, PsyD Across the country, most states have joined the the remainder of the world in moving nearly every aspect of our society into digital spheres. In the Bay Area, many service providers have begun exploring the intricacies of working from home. At times this has meant connecting with kids, teens, families, and adult clients remotely through phone, video, or other telehealth modalities, and often in the context of new evolving demands from families and our communities. With the call to action for many providers to maintain the continuity… Read More
Drs. John Lyons and April Fernando recently recorded a webinar on the use of the CANS and ANSA in non-face-to-face modalities (e.g., telephone). Texas was kind enough to let us share it. Download the webinar for free at the link below: Stay safe and well. — TCOM Team
By: Dr. Amy Zimmerman, Casey Family Programs Casey Family Programs (Casey) believes that every child deserves a safe, supportive, and permanent family. Casey works urgently and relentlessly with our target service population of older youth to achieve permanency so that no child will age out of Casey foster care. We believe building, or rebuilding, family is central in our practice and embodies our core values of Family-Centered Practice. Casey is also committed to becoming a learning organization and we regularly engage staff at all levels in the organization in the analysis and… Read More
By Ken McGill, Eds, LMFT, Rutgers University The impact of the coronavirus, now labeled a pandemic, has been worldwide. If we take a moment, we will see that there has been a change in daily life; this is true for individuals, couples, families, agencies, institutions or any other entity throughout our planet. I am sure that many of us are feeling overwhelmed, frightened, angry and unsure about what tomorrow has in store for us. As I am writing this blog entry I can honestly tell you that I am feeling all the… Read More
As the COVID-19 crisis changes day by day in the United States and around the world, more people are beginning to work from home. Many resources are providing helpful tips for people new to working from home, so we decided to ask some of our staff who generally work from home to highlight their successes and challenges. Michelle Fernando, Operations Director, Center for Innovation in Population Health My responsibilities: Pre-award planning and proposals, business operations for the Praed Foundation, policies and standard operating procedures for the Center for Innovation in Population Health… Read More
by Michael Cull, PhD, Associate Director for Safe Systems, University of Kentucky’s Center for Innovation in Population Health No doubt our resilience as a nation is being tested by current events. We’re facing significant uncertainty at home and at work. How will we accomplish home visits? How do we ensure child safety? How can we use technology to help those we serve? How will we address our own and our family’s needs? In the face of growing personal and professional stress, there may be no better time to re-visit how we think… Read More
The Praed Foundation is delighted to introduce Barbara Dunn as our new Conference Chair for the 16th annual TCOM Conference! Read her letter below! Dear TCOM Collaborative, I am excited about being asked to serve as the Conference Program Chair in 2020! Last year I served on the program committee and thoroughly enjoyed reviewing the presentation and poster proposals. I’ve lost track of how many TCOM conferences I’ve attended – over 10 – but each one has supported my practice using the CANS. Like many of you, I am responsible for supporting… Read More
By Kate Cordell, PhD, MPH, Managing Director at Mental Health Data Alliance, LLC What if we could utilize the CANS and ANSA to identify which items, if resolved, were associated with success in our program? What if we could look at that by race/ethnicity, gender and age? If we could, we could get a lot closer to identifying what works for whom. The CANS and ANSA are ideally suited for determining what works for whom. These assessments help build a comprehensive picture of a person’s story as it relates to well-being. I… Read More
By Ken McGill, EdS, LMFT, Rutgers University What is more basic to our understanding than how we develop and use language? Language is used to communicate who we are as individuals. It can be used to describe how we are ‘feeling inside’ to others. It is through this sharing or using words to connect feelings and emotional states that we can also better understand our own sense of self–the real self. The genuine person or individual each one of us develops into from birth, throughout childhood, adolescence, young adulthood and later, if… Read More
By: Ken McGill Senior Training and Consultation Specialist Connecting It All Together… The work within the field of ‘human services’ can often become quite complicated, especially from the perspective of those we serve…the children/youth & families. I have often wondered, “Why do we make things so complicated?” I thought with all of the advances of modern life, such as internet, wireless communication and the interconnectedness of world-wide economies our lives would be less complicated or at least more ‘user-friendly’ to solve problems or overcome challenges. If we take a moment to think… Read More
We are happy to announce the 16th Annual TCOM Conference this year in beautiful and vibrant New Orleans. To highlight our host city, the theme of this year’s conference is “Collaboration and All that Jazz”. We invite all members of the international TCOM collaborative to submit proposals to present your work. The content of presentations can be varied or broad, but each presentation must include a component related to the concept or practice of collaboration. Whether collaboration is in the design of the work, its implementation or even the presentation of your experiences, we seek to build on the collaborative spirit of… Read More
By John Lyons, PhD In 2019, I became an orphan. Unlike many of the young people with whom we work, I was privileged to have at least one of my parents in my life for 63 years. But regardless of our age, losing both parents is a profound experience. My father passed on December 2nd of 2019. He was 92 years old. He truly lived the American dream. He was the son of a migrant worker who moved from town to town to find day work during the depression. As a teenager,… Read More
By: Amber Joiner-Hill, MSSW Associate Policy Analyst, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago In Part One of this piece, I outlined some of the impacts that the criminalization of students has on youth outcomes—lower high school graduation rates, higher chances of getting arrested, and increased likelihood of entering the adult criminal justice system. Here I’d like to offer restorative justice as a different approach for improving student behavior in school. Considerations Research does not indicate that students who experience traditional disciplinary actions such as suspensions or expulsions are less likely to violate school policies in the future, or that the punitive actions create safety… Read More
By: Amber Joiner-Hill, MSSW Associate Policy Analyst, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago I started developing a vocabulary around the criminalization of students—particularly those in elementary and middle school—about four years ago when I participated in my city’s “Citizen’s Academy”. The program exposed residents to various government services, functions, and challenges. The intent was to show what it took to keep the city going and hopefully generate a sense of ownership and connectedness to our community. One of our sessions was with a school resource officer from the local police department…. Read More
By: Ritchie Rubio, PhD We were fortunate enough to have Dr. Rubio present at the 15th Annual TCOM Conference earlier this month. In his post below he shares more on using the CANS and story-telling to promote client wellness. Listening to, reading, or sharing a good story is something most if not all of us enjoy. One of the check-in activities I love to use when facilitating CANS training workshops is to ask participants to share the kinds of stories they are drawn to. What I notice is an immediate spark of… Read More
Check out what happened at the 15th Annual TCOM Conference and get access to the presentations!
Dr. Lyons announces a big and exciting change for the TCOM Team!
With the 15th Annual TCOM Conference around the corner, we wanted to give you a sneak peek look at some of this year’s presentations! Casey Family Programs took time to answer some questions about their upcoming presentation, Engaging Staff in Improving and Advancing the CANS in Practice: Integrating TCOM Principles into Casey’s Continuous Quality Improvement. Q: What should individuals look forward to gaining from your presentation? Our workshop is really two workshops packed into one session! At Casey, we are committed to becoming a trauma-and healing informed learning organization. Data-driven decision-making and… Read More
With the 15th Annual TCOM Conference around the corner, we wanted to give you a sneak peek look at some of this year’s presentations! Conference presenters Celeste Seibel and Danielle Phillips took some time to answer some questions about their upcoming presentation, Utilizing CANS Within the Wraparound Process. Q: What should individuals look forward to gaining from your presentation? A: In our presentation we will be talking about how to integrate the CANS tool into the fidelity-based process of Wraparound. When it comes to fidelity, we must stick to the defined process,… Read More
The 15th Annual TCOM Conference is around the corner, and we have some exciting news! For the first time ever, our Pre-Conference Day will feature a series of round tables and master lectures covering a wide range of topics. Attendees will be given the chance to have more in-depth discussions with presenters and each other on topics such as data sharing, Families First legislation, and learning collaboratives–just to name a few! In the upcoming weeks we will be highlighting some of these sessions here on the blog. Check out a few of… Read More
The 15th Annual TCOM Conference is around the corner, and we have some exciting news! For the first time ever, our Pre-Conference Day will feature a series of round tables and master lectures covering a wide range of topics. Attendees will be given the chance to have more in-depth discussions with presenters and each other on topics such as data sharing, Families First legislation, and learning collaboratives–just to name a few! In the upcoming weeks we will be highlighting some of these sessions here on the blog. Check out our first featured… Read More
By: Dr. John Lyons Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago A few years ago, I was in Hawai’i over Memorial Day. At the recommendation of a local colleague we attended the candle floating ceremony on Oahu. In the ceremony, people create candles commemorating lost loved ones and float them out to sea together. The experience was very moving as a powerful visual representation of love. The theme of the ceremony that year was “Many rivers. One ocean”. That theme could very well describe the design of a communimetric tool. Although there… Read More
By: Josh Morgan, PsyD SAS Analytics In our field of work, there are many calls to reduce suffering. Seems reasonable, right? It’s even in California’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), where public systems are called to “reduce subjective suffering.” And as we broadly focus more on outcomes in health, measuring suffering (and hopefully its reduction) is crucial. In order to measure something, we have to define it. While some definitions of suffering simply refer to the presence of symptoms, does the presence of illness alone necessarily mean suffering? Have you ever seen someone with… Read More
By: Tiffany Lindsey, EdD, LPC-MHSP Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago Have you ever made a mistake at work—maybe even one that could have affected you, your teammate, or a client’s safety? If you’re a human who helps other humans for a living, the answer is a prevailing yes. None of us do the work perfectly. Mistakes aren’t intentional, but it’s hard to get it right every time. Clinicians and human service professionals, in general, are tasked with making high-consequence choices at alarmingly fast rates. So I have another question: Did… Read More
We are so excited to announce registration for our 15th Annual TCOM Conference in Palm Springs is now open! Culture and Community: Sharing Stories from the Collaborative Every year the TCOM Conference provides an opportunity to collaborate with and learn from leaders and innovators in behavioral health, child welfare, education, juvenile justice, and more. While we all have a shared passion for serving youth and families, we each bring a unique perspective to the table. This year’s theme, “Culture and Community: Sharing Stories from the Collaborative” reminds us that it is incumbent… Read More
By: Beth Anne Nichols, NH Mental Health Block Grant Plan Administrator New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services In the rugged landscape that is New Hampshire’s mental health system, serious mental illness (SMI) is a powerful thing. On an individual level, an adult experiencing SMI becomes eligible for community-based psychiatric rehabilitation. Psychiatric rehabilitation consists of an array of services reimbursable by NH Medicaid alone. The privately insured may access these services via a sliding fee scale – if they are assessed and determined to be SMI. The capstone of NH’s Community… Read More
By: Tiffany Lindsey, Policy Analyst Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago My journey towards Safety Culture began in a group home. I was 24-years-old and had just started a new job as program manager—my first supervisory role. I was the only clinician on-site. All but one of my staff were older than I was, and the group home appeared on the verge of closure. Per state auditors, no new admissions were allowed in the facility until we had things “cleaned up.” From what I could tell, it was going to be… Read More
Date/Time: April 30, 2019, 11am – 12:30pm PT / 2pm – 3:30pm ET The Wraparound process is the most common care coordination model for youth with complex needs and their families. Meanwhile, the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) is now the most widely used assessment tool in public child-serving systems. While some states, systems, and organizations have determined how the Wraparound and CANS philosophies can co-exist and enhance each other, others have struggled, undermining the potential for positive impact of both efforts. This webinar is based on shared work of… Read More
This is a farewell blog post about our teammate and friend who is leaving Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago for an exciting new opportunity. Katherine “Katie” Sun joined the TCOM Team in the summer of 2016. Since then, she launched communications platforms, including this blog, to expand the work and voices of the entire TCOM Collaborative. Katie has been a key member of the TCOM team for almost three years. With her big heart and good humor she has been the social glue of both the team at Chapin Hall… Read More
By: Marrianne McMullen, Director of Communication and Dissemination Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago Audrey Wright, a senior at North Lawndale College Prep High School in Chicago, described the unthinkable to an auditorium packed with 1,500 people. She lost her mother and brother to gun violence within three days. The following year, she lost her father. “I was introduced to Peace Warriors at my school, and I now serve as its president,” she told those gathered to learn more about combating gun violence. The Peace Warriors support other students affected by… Read More
Culture and Community: Sharing Stories from the Collaborative TCOM is an approach based on storytelling. People seeking help share their experiences (i.e., tell their stories). Sometimes, parts of their stories are retold by multiple professionals based on their skills and focus. In order to effectively help, these stories must be combined into a single story, and then, common themes from these stories are identified to decide how exactly to help. We do not help based on how people are different but on common themes they share. The storytelling aspects of helping do not stop… Read More
By: Shelly Paule, Policy Analyst County of San Diego Child Welfare Services (CWS) Hi, my name is Shelly Paule. As a policy analyst with the County of San Diego Child Welfare Services (CWS), I was the lead for managing the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) implementation. My role included drafting the policy, training roll out and completion, and coordinating with our Behavioral Health Services partners. As a trainer and an advocate for the positive impact CANS will have on the children and families we serve, I also have the privilege… Read More
By: Deborah Daro, Senior Research Fellow Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago The Family First Prevention and Services Act (FFPSA) (Family First) represents an opportunity to bridge the historic gap between interventions to resolve unhealthy parenting practices and behaviors and programs designed to prevent these behaviors from developing. Creating a shared understanding that treatment and prevention are mutually reinforcing would move us closer to an equitable and just balance among the goals of child safety, child development, and parental autonomy. The trick in accomplishing this integrated effort, however, is determining how… Read More
Avoid this Fundamental Mistake in TCOM Tool Scoring: confusing anchor definitions, for concrete details
By Dan Warner, Executive Director-Community Data Roundtable I have seen many hard-working, diligent people fail TCOM certification because they over-focus on anchor definitions, and do not properly understand the item they are rating. They think that by focusing on the anchor definitions they are being “detail oriented,” but instead they are “missing the forest for the trees.” The anchor definitions are not the “concrete” part of a TCOM tool. It is the items themselves that are concrete. After all, this is the first rule of a communimetric tool: It is an item… Read More
The following blog post is written by our friends at Open Minds. Open Minds is a Behavioral Health Market Research and Management Consulting firm based out of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. They specialize in the health and human service sector to serve individuals with the mission of providing providers and payer organizations the resources and knowledge to best inform their practice. They believe that by helping organizations in the field make better, more informed, decisions, they will have the means necessary to improve services to those individuals with the most chronic complex needs. Greetings… Read More
Presented and written by Lynda Killoran (Centerstone), Lynn Steiner (Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago), and Deborah Thomas (Centerstone) In our work as trainer, supervisor or clinician, we often hear a variation on THIS theme from assessors who were recently trained on a version of the CANS: “It’s SOOOO long and there are too many questions for me to ask. I have no idea how to use this during the assessment process (or, I already know how to do an assessment, so I don’t need anyone to tell me how to… Read More
Family Matters: Why finding and engaging extended family and fictive kin is critical to positive outcomes for children in foster care
RISEmploy Each TCOM tool is a combination of items inside of a domain meant to reflect the emerging needs and strengths of its population of use. It is adaptable. One of these adaptations is the “Readiness Inventory for Successful Employment (RISEmploy), also known as the Strengths at Work (SAW), can be implemented as its own tool or included as a module in the Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA). This tool focuses on skills and strengths that can ensure success in obtaining and maintaining a job.
“Getting beyond the data dashboard means continuously using rigorous data and evidence to answer the questions that will lead to the solutions that will positively impact the children, youth, and families served by our organizations.” -Yolanda Rogers, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Wrapping up the 14th Annual TCOM Conference-Evidence and Transformation: Taking Person-Centered Care to Scale
Here’s What Happened About 300 people gathered at the Drake Hotel in Chicago last week to attend the 14th annual Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management conference. Person-centered care was the theme of this our conference this year, and we were excited to collaborate with domestic and international participants. Workshops focused on how to make best use of TCOM tools in practice, implementations, and supervision. Participants learned how to make meaningful use of CANS data, including using it for effective planning and for measuring well-being. This year also featured a learning track on safety… Read More
Meet one of your #TCOM2018 Presenters! Featured in this post: David Channer
Meet some of your #TCOM2018 Presenters! Featured in this post: Betty Walton, Gina Doyle, and Wendy Harrold
Meet some of your #TCOM2018 Presenters! Featured in this post: Antonella Di Troia
Meet one of your #TCOM2018 Presenters! Featured in this post: Rachel Andrew
Meet one of your #TCOM2018 Presenters! Featured in this post: Nate Lubold
Of the TCOM suite of tools, the most widely used tool is the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS). The CANS is a communimetric measurement tool that utilizes direct feedback from the youth, family & other team members to identify the actionable needs & strengths of the youth & family in developing and informing the treatment plan. While the tool is proven to be successful and helpful to many people, we always want to make sure that clinicians, case workers, and children find the CANS to be engaging and accessible. This desire is what led Lisa,… Read More
Meet some of your #TCOM2018 Presenters! Featured in this post: Kyla Clark & Tanya Albornoz
Meet one of your #TCOM2018 Presenters! Featured in this post: Vida Khavar Vida Khavar is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has 25 years’ experience in child welfare. Vida began her career as a clinician in various agencies throughout Los Angeles. She developed expertise in all areas of child welfare while striving to bring Permanency to center stage. Vida became a consultant in 2012 and since then, has assisted a multitude of organizations in developing new or enhancing existing child welfare programs. One of Vida’s priority is to transform the platform on which… Read More
Meet some of your #TCOM2018 Presenters! Featured in this post: Emily B. Shapiro & Melissa Villegas Emily B. Shapiro is a Quality Improvement Associate at Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS) located in Chicago, IL. She has experience in qualitative research, project management, and evaluation consulting for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. She provides direct quality improvement and evaluation support to a K-12+ Therapeutic Day School and programs serving adults and children with disabilities. Emily earned her Masters of Education from the University of Illinois Chicago’s Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment (MESA) program in… Read More
Rebekka Schaffer, Project Assistant at Chapin Hall I joined the TCOM Team here at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago at the start of July 2018. When I was first introduced to the team, I was worried I wouldn’t even remember what TCOM stood for, let alone understand what they really do. My fears were eased, however, as soon as I began my online training on the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Comprehensive tool (CANS-Comprehensive). I am by no means an expert in this, but I was able to quickly… Read More
Meet one of your #TCOM2018 Presenters! Featured in this post: Jen Cardenas Jen Cardenas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the founder of the Cardenas Consulting Group. She uses her expertise in clinical and operational management to be a critical thought partner, designer, and coach to leaders of behavioral health and child welfare organizations. She brings her no-nonsense, get-things-done approach to help clients through training, quality management, quality assurance, organizational analysis, implementation, and technical assistance on EHR systems. Previously, Jen was the Director for Quality Improvement at Seneca Family of Agencies–one of the… Read More
Meet some of your #TCOM2018 Presenters! Featured in this post: Jen Griffis and Marrianne McMullen Jennifer Griffis is a Parent Consultant with the YES Project, which aims to empower the mental wellness of children, youth, and their families. She engages with the system transformation in Idaho by serving on workgroups and supporting the development of statewide parent network designed to encourage parent voice within children’s mental health programs. Jennifer also serves on the Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Board of Directors and recently became a Certified Parent Coach. Jennifer draws upon… Read More
Thanks to recent technological growth, children are receiving cochlear implants earlier than ever before. This advance in technology offers a great benefit to support earlier development of language skills. While these advancements are exciting, they, of course, create some new challenges for the young patients, their auditory-verbal therapists, and their families. Because of their young age—less than 18 months—it’s hard to track the impact of the implants. And it is more also challenging for therapists to communicate with, and counsel, parents who want to understand how their child is responding to the… Read More
Meet one of your #TCOM2018 Presenters! Featured in this post: Dan Dubovsky
Meet some of your #TCOM2018 Presenters! Featured in this post: Mercedes Busby and Angela Pollard
By: Angela Pollard Project Assistant, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago Trauma and its effects on healthy development has become a bigger part of conversations in helping systems such as child welfare and behavioral health. Too many children experience a variety of potentially traumatic/adverse experiences (ACES), as a result of institutions and systems that often struggle to keep the best interests of children and families in mind.
Registration is Open! Each year we look forward to hosting the Annual TCOM Conference because it gives us the opportunity to bring together leaders and innovators in the fields of behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and more. This year’s conference theme is Evidence and Transformation: Taking Person-Centered Care to Scale. Person centered care is a central tenant of the TCOM philosophy—keeping the child/youth, adult, and family at the CENTER of everything we do. If the person is an equal partner in the use of the TCOM tools and the care… Read More
About the Institute: The Institute for Innovation and Implementation (The Institute) serves as a training, technical assistance, evaluation, policy, systems design, and finance center for the Maryland Children’s Cabinet and its member agencies, along with multiple other states, localities, and private organizations. The Institute supports state and local governments and organizations to implement effective systems and practices to best meet the needs of children and youth with complex behavioral needs and their families. This support is provided through three primary units within The Institute: Policy and Finance; Technical Assistance & Implementation; and… Read More
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is a research and policy center focused on a mission of improving the well-being of children and youth, families, and their communities. They combine rigorous research methods to generate evidence, while providing implementation support to apply that evidence in the field. In 2015, Chapin Hall launched the Voices of Youth Count (VoYC). VoYC is a national initiative designed to fill gaps in the nation’s knowledge about the scope and scale of youth homelessness. The following brief is reposted with permission by Chapin Hall. Visit the original post… Read More
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is a research and policy center focused on a mission of improving the well-being of children and youth, families, and their communities. They combine rigorous research methods to generate evidence, while providing implementation support to apply that evidence in the field. In 2015, Chapin Hall launched the Voices of Youth Count (VoYC). VoYC is a national initiative designed to fill gaps in the nation’s knowledge about the scope and scale of youth homelessness. The following brief is reposted with permission by Chapin Hall. Visit the original post… Read More
The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) is a tool that is collaboratively completed to measure a child and family’s strengths and needs. Along with the other TCOM Tools (ANSA, FAST, SSIT, and more), they are evidence-based assessments to support decision-making, including level of care and intervention planning, facilitate quality improvement initiatives, and allows for the monitoring of clinical and functional outcomes. As a communication tool, they facilitate the linkage between the assessment process and design of individualized service plans.
Over the last 10 years, behavioral health systems and organizations have increasingly adopted the Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA) to support planning, to monitor progress, and for quality improvement initiatives. However, research related to the ANSA remained scarce. This gap was recently been addressed through a publication by Betty Walton, PhD, and Hea-Won Kim, PhD, from the Indiana University School of Social Work. “Validating a Behavioral Health Instrument for Adults: Exploratory Factor Analysis”, published online in the Journal of Social Service Research in March 2018, examined the psychometric properties of the… Read More
Examining the Effectiveness of Integrated Behavioral and Primary Healthcare Treatment-A Brief Summary
Using subscales of the Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA) and an author created Crisis Event measure, holistic client functioning was assessed for persons diagnosed with comorbid serious mental illness (SMI) and primary healthcare diseases. An ex post facto, quasi-experimental, pre- and post-test design was selected to compare the effectiveness of an integrated behavioral and primary healthcare (IBPH) treatment approach to a treatment-as-usual (TAU) approach, across a 12-month treatment period.
by: Ella Jackson, MA, LMFT Clinical Specialist, Sonoma County Behavioral Health Continued from Part 1 posted April 5, 2018 — I worked with Anna for 4 years. She was the first client I moved out of a state hospital. She transferred to a local locked treatment program, and as I carefully tracked her progress and setbacks, I learned the value of using the language of the ANSA to talk to my program managers and to Anna herself about decisions regarding her care. As I grew in my work with her, I discovered ways to… Read More
by: Ella Jackson, MA, LMFT Clinical Specialist, Sonoma County Behavioral Health I have heard people say that a person receiving care in the adult system for years, a person with Schizophrenia and a history of substance abuse, will not get better. It’s a story I have heard told over and over about many of the adults in our system of care. In my first years working in public mental health, a woman (who we will refer to as Anna for this post) was assigned to my caseload who was in a state hospital. … Read More
Mention a case vignette to anyone who has gone through the certification process for the CANS, ANSA, CAT/CSPI or FAST and you will likely hear groans, and see eye rolls. Very few people are big fans of testing and vignettes are never as clear or easy as a trainee wishes. So, if test vignettes bring up such emotions, why do we still use them for testing?
Get IN Chicago is a local organization founded in 2013. Their mission is to identify, fund, and rigorously evaluate evidence-based programs that will reduce violence for individuals and communities in Chicago. Their core programs focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mentoring, and Parent Engagement/Leadership. Last year, Get IN Chicago launched a new Strengthening Youth through a Network of Care (SYNC) initiative. The SYNC uses data from the CANS to understand and provide support for Chicago youth at risk of participating in gun violence.
Planning for the 14th Annual TCOM Conference is underway! Hosted by The Praed Foundation and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, we invite you to share your work this October in Chicago, IL.
Safe Systems Improvement Tool Tennessee’s Communimetric Assessment for Understanding Critical Incidents The 1st annual Safety Culture Summit gave attendees and their larger audience a glimpse of the work being done around safety culture. Along with the tools shared during the poster session at the summit, Michael Cull, Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and Tiffany Goodpasture, Director of Organizational Culture and Workforce Safety at TN Department of Children’s Services, had the opportunity to locally share the Safe Systems Improvement Tool (SSIT).
The first-ever Safety Culture Summit provided an unprecedented opportunity for child welfare leaders to present strategies, tools and tactics that promote safe, reliable and effective care. Held earlier this month in Nashville, TN, the summit also demonstrated what to expect from the growing partnership from Casey Family Programs, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, and Vanderbilt University Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody (COE). For two days, 148 people across 26 agencies and organizations met at Vanderbilt University. The packed agenda featured speakers who… Read More
Person-centered care is a strategy of providing health care that views the people using health and social services as equal partners in the entire process of planning, developing and monitoring care to ensure that the care meets their needs. The idea that health care should be focused on the person is not new. A considerable number of prior initiatives over the past decades have had a similar focus. All of them sound appealing. The very idea that health care should be about anything other than the health care needs of the individual… Read More
by: Marrianne McMullen, Director of Communication and Dissemination Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago Before last year’s women’s marches across the country, I felt like the country had turned its back on me and my experiences. Then I joined a 250,000-strong march where no back was turned. From the hundreds of blunt and funny signs, to the inspirational speakers and performers, to the presence of thousands of women and men all smiling at each other – everyone was facing toward women’s experiences. In the year since, that collection of individual motivations… Read More
By Jennifer Griffis, author of “Parenting with Hope” blog series August 2017 Join us as Jen shares her experience at the 13th annual TCOM Conference in San Antonio, TX this past fall. — As I walked up to the conference registration table, a feeling of inadequacy began tugging at the corners of my mind. “I don’t belong here.” I thought. “Everyone else has so much more knowledge and experience. I’m just a parent.” This wasn’t an unfamiliar feeling. I’d felt it at most of our intake appointments and treatment planning meetings for… Read More
By: Matt Brenner, Editor and Information Specialist Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago More than a dozen Chapin Hall staff members will contribute to presentations at the 2018 annual Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) conference. The conference, “Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice,” features more than 500 symposia, workshops, roundtables, and paper and poster presentations and will be held January 10-14 in Washington, DC. Information about all presentations can be found in the conference program. The Voices of Youth Count project will be the focus of one symposium. Research Fellow… Read More