Partners has chosen the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool to be used by our providers and staff. Full implementation of the use of the CANS early childhood assessment tool began on May 1, 2016.

Step 1 – Learn how to use the CANS tool (video – 7:02 minutes)

Partners has developed a video to walk you through using the CANS tool. We recommend all providers view before signing in to the CANS tool.

Step 2 – Use the CANS tool

Go to to register and select the SF CANS 0-5. It may be helpful to follow the video the first time you log in.

Step 3 – Submit CANS Scoring Sheets

Starting May 1, 2016, providers will need to submit/upload a CANS scoring sheet with Service Authorization Requests (SARs) via AlphaMCS.

If you have questions or problems uploading your CANS scoring sheets, please contact Mental Health/Substance Abuse Utilization Management at 704-842-6436.