Readiness Inventory for Successful Employment

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 … Continue reading Readiness Inventory for Successful Employment

TCOM 2018 Speaker Spotlight-Betty Walton, Gina Doyle & Wendy Harrold

Meet some of your #TCOM2018 Presenters! Featured in this post: Betty Walton, Gina Doyle, and Wendy Harrold Betty Walton is an Assistant Research Professor at Indiana University School of Social Work, Indianapolis. She conducts translational research to support the effective implementation of behavioral health services for children, youth, and adults. Since 2010, Dr. Walton has provided training … Continue reading TCOM 2018 Speaker Spotlight-Betty Walton, Gina Doyle & Wendy Harrold

TCOM 2018 Speaker Spotlight- Emily Shapiro & Melissa Villegas

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 … Continue reading TCOM 2018 Speaker Spotlight- Emily Shapiro & Melissa Villegas

Supporting Caregiver Connections

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 … Continue reading Supporting Caregiver Connections

TCOM Tools (CANS/ANSA) Certified Trainer

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 … Continue reading TCOM Tools (CANS/ANSA) Certified Trainer

Validating a Behavioral Health Instrument for Adults: Exploratory Factor Analysis-A Brief Summary

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, … Continue reading Validating a Behavioral Health Instrument for Adults: Exploratory Factor Analysis-A Brief Summary

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 … Continue reading Examining the Effectiveness of Integrated Behavioral and Primary Healthcare Treatment-A Brief Summary

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

By: Robert Shearer, MD Doctor, Middle Tennessee Addiction Center Incorporating TCOM into Addiction Treatment I discovered the work of Dr Lyons somewhat by accident when I began working with a case management group that belongs to the Tennessee HealthLink program. This program utilizes the Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment. To best communicate with the case … Continue reading Building a System of Addiction Treatment, One Addiction at a Time

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

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

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

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

The Value of Vignettes

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 … Continue reading The Value of Vignettes

Adaptation of the CANS and ANSA in Russia

by: Svetlana G Klimanova, M.S. Contact Svetlana, svetlanagk@mail.ru *5/8/2017 Update* Following a great question from one of our followers, Svetlana provided the following articles as additional resources on adapting the CANS and ANSA for Russian implementation. The World's Youth The Russian Education System Described and Compared with the Dutch System Alternative Education: Comparative Study of … Continue reading Adaptation of the CANS and ANSA in Russia

Western Michigan Implements the ANSA-John in Muskegon

Dr. John Lyons was in Muskegon, Michigan conducting a training for Lakeshore Regional Entity. They are planning to implement the ANSA across all 5 agencies in western Michigan. Thanks to Paul Duff, we are able to learn more about what is going on in the world of TCOM!   Lakeshore Regional Entity first heard about TCOM … Continue reading Western Michigan Implements the ANSA-John in Muskegon

ANSA and Community Integration Services-Suzie in Maine! (updated)

Dr. Suzanne Button has made it to Maine! [11/3/2016 Day 2 of Suzie in Maine] More than 120 case managers and supervisors are practicing at the second day of ANSA General Training. There is a lot of great discussion about trauma informed language and TCOM this week! Maine has a passionate group of case managers … Continue reading ANSA and Community Integration Services-Suzie in Maine! (updated)

ANSA Implementation in Alameda County-John in San Leandro

ANSA - Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment The ANSA is another TCOM Tool that was developed for adult's behavioral health 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. The ANSA is currently used in a number … Continue reading ANSA Implementation in Alameda County-John in San Leandro

Using the ANSA in a Recovery Model-John in Georgia

Holding onto the remnants of summer 2016, John is in the historical town of Buford, Georgia, attending the Behavioral Health Symposium hosted by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). This is a two day conference aimed at informing professionals of best practices in delivering services and supports. Missed the conference??? The team … Continue reading Using the ANSA in a Recovery Model-John in Georgia