Welcome to CANS Ohio


The new OhioRISE program uses the Ohio Children’s Initiative Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool to establish eligibility. The CANS was developed with leadership from Governor DeWine’s Children’s Initiatives and Ohio’s child-serving state agencies and is used by a wide variety of providers to inform care planning and decision-making for children and adolescents with behavioral health needs. Certified Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS assessors are expected to use the CANS to gather all information about the child/youth and family story to describe their strengths and needs.

The Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS Information Technology (IT) System has launched for use across Ohio’s child-serving systems. The CANS IT System:

  • Establishes eligibility into the OhioRISE program by submitting the CANS assessment.
  • Documents CANS assessments and reassessments/updates with a youth/caregiver. Certified Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS assessors will register and use the system to document these assessments in a single location.
  • Supports our cross-system goal of “one child, one CANS” and ensure that youth/caregivers do not need to retell their stories.
  • Improves continuity of care and collaboration. Outputs/results are accessible to assessors and care team members, promoting cross-system coordination in real time.
  • Produces and reviews immediate Decision Support Model outputs and recommendations.
  • Records information about the child/youth and their caregiver(s) within one shared system.
  • Tracks trends and outcomes to identify gaps and inform access and capacity improvement efforts.

Download PDF of OhioRISE Module 3 Training | Provider Enrollment, OhioRISE Services, Billing and Claims, IT Systems


Ohio Children’s Initiative TCOM and CANS Training

The Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence is fully responsible for providing statewide professional development activities related to the Ohio Children’s Initiative Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS).

For further information, please email request here

When capacity is reached and registration closed, we encourage you to check back as space sometimes opens up due to cancellations and other considerations..

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Billing for CANS Assessments Completed on or after July 1, 2022

Effective with dates of service beginning July 1, 2022, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is implementing the CANS code, H2000. Rendering providers billing for CANS assessments completed on or after July 1 must be appropriately trained and hold current Praed Foundation certification in the Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS assessment and must add the CANS Assessor specialty, ORC, to their Ohio Medicaid enrollment. Any provider, other than County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (county boards) as described below, rendering, and submitting claims for the CANS assessment must use the H2000 code follow the instructions relevant to their billing provider type, as outlined below.

DOWNLOAD PDF of Billing for CANS Assessments

This new code will be used by Medicaid behavioral health providers when
billing for assessments using the Ohio Children’s Initiative Brief or the Ohio Children’s Initiative Comprehensive CANS tool will only be permitted by an individual who has successfully completed training and is certified to use the Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS tools. With the adoption of this new code on July 1, 2022, ODM will no longer allow the use of other behavioral health service codes as described in this interim billing guidance for the provision of Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS assessments. Additional guidance will be provided prior to transition to the new CANS billing code.



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and the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (CABH COE)
Part of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention
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Campus Location: 11235 Bellflower Road Room 375  | Cleveland, OH 44106
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Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS Office Hours

October 13 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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