State Policy Letters

Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)

ACL 21-27
Child Welfare Requirements for Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) training, certification, and entry of CANS data into the CARES-Live system

ACL 18-09/MHSUDS IN 18-007
Requirements for Implementing the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment Tool Within a Child and Family Team.

ACL 18-81
Requirements and Guidelines for Implementing the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment Tool Within a Child and Family Team (CFT) Process.

ACL 18-85/MHSUDS IN 18-029
Clarification Regarding Sharing of CANS Assessments by County Placing Agencies and Mental Health Programs.

ACIN I-21-18/MHSUDS IN 18-022
The California Children, Youth, and Families Integrated Core Practice Model and the California Integrated Training Guide.


Child and Family Team (CFT)

ACL 22-35
Timing and Frequency of Child and Family Team Meetings. 

ACL 21-113
Assessments by a Qualified Individual (QI) for placement in Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs (STRTPs) under the requirements of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) and Assembly Bill (AB) 153 (chapter 86, Statutes of 2021).

ACL 21-105
Updates To CWS/CMS Functionality And New Documentation Requirements Regarding Child Participation During Child And Family Team (CFT) Meetings

ACIN I-71-18
Using Team Meetings To Increase Cross-system Collaboration Between Local Child Welfare And Education Agencies (LEAs)

ACL 18-23
The Child and Family Team (CFT) Process Frequently Asked Questions.

ACL 17-104
Documentation of Child and Family Teams (CFTs) in the Child Welfare Services/Case Management System (CWS/CMS)

ACL 17-104E
Erratum to ACL 17-104: Documentation of Child and Family Teams (CFTs) in the Child Welfare Services/Case Management System (CWS/CMS)

ACL 16-84
Requirements and Guidelines for Creating and Providing a Child and Family Team.

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