Welcome to a new series focusing on Adult Mental Health. This month you will hear from members of the TCOM collaborative about their experiences working with and navigating the system of adult care. From clinicians to researchers, they share their approach to supporting the vast needs of the adult population.

Just as the CANS is a tool for understanding the needs and strengths of children and adolescents, the Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA) is a multi-purpose tool developed for adults behavioral health services. The ANSA supports decision making to facilitate quality improvement initiatives and allow for the monitoring of outcomes of services. The ANSA was developed from the Communimetric theory to facilitate the linkage between the assessment process and the design of individualized service plans.

To learn more about the ANSA, email support@tcomtraining.com to receive a copy of the tool.


Driving Adult Recovery Forward with the ANSA in the Public Mental Health System, Part 1

Driving Adult Recovery Forward with the ANSA in the Public Mental Health System, Part 2

Building a System of Addiction Treatment-One Addiction at a Time

Examining the Effectiveness of Integrate Behavioral and Primary Healthcare Treatment-A Brief Summary

Validating a Behavioral Health Instrument for Adults-A Brief Summary


Ella Jackson, MA, LMFT

Clinical Specialist, Sonoma County Behavioral Health

Robert Shearer, MD

Middle Tennessee Addiction Center

Michael K. Schmit, PhD, LPC

Assistant Professor, University of North Texas

Betty Walton, PhD, LCSW

Assistant Research Professor, Indiana University of Social Work

Hea-Won Kim, PhD, MSSW

Associate Professor, Indiana University of Social Work

If you would like to share your experiences working with adults or the ANSA in a blog post, contact Katherine Sun at ksun@chapinhall.org

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