Child and Adolescent Strengths and Needs (CANS) Continuous Quality Improvement Manager - MSASS

Description: CABH COE Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Manager

Date: September 21, 2022

Title: Research Associate: Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Manager

Department: Center of Innovative Practices at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research & Education

School: Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Location: Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Supervisor Name and Title: Heather Distin, Research Associate, Project Director, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence


CIP is home to a multi-disciplinary team of behavioral healthcare professionals in the areas of systems of care, child, youth and family mental health, substance abuse, trauma, and resilience, providing consultation and technical assistance at the local and state levels on evidence-based practices, program implementation, fidelity evaluation, and system of care policies and practices.  The CANS CQI Manager is responsible for the quality oversight and management of the Ohio CANS quality improvement system.  The CANS CQI Manager works collaboratively to support the State’s efforts to achieve a sustainable system of care across Ohio, through provider development, capacity building, and quality management of evidence-based and evidence-supported practices. 



  1. Assist in the development and implementation of a statewide CANS continuous quality improvement system (10%)
  2. Develop and implement plan for monitoring adherence to best practice CANS administration (10%)
  3. Provide coaching and technical assistance to providers and professionals who are CANS certified and/or seeking certification to enhance the quality of CANS administration and integration into care planning (20%)
  4. Develop, organize and facilitate CANS Community of Practice (15%)
  5. Organize and facilitate CANS office hours (5%)
  6. Assist in the development and administration of a CANS audit tool (5%)
  7. Design, plan and implement the Ohio CANS training and certification program including but not limited to: (20%)
    • Develop and promote an annual CANS certification training plan
    • Develop and promote an annual CANS recertification/booster training plan
    • Identify and Develop CANS supplemental and enhancement training content
    • Facilitate the mechanism for state-wide certification tracking
    • Provide time-based stakeholder CANS training, certification and quality reports
    • Organize yearly CANS training schedule
  8. Identify and track CANS related quality and implementation trends; collaborate and inform stakeholders; participate in the development of state-wide improvement plans and guidance. (10%)
  9. Liaison to Care Management Entities (CMEs) through OhioRISE as it relates to CANS training, implementation and best practice standards. (5%)
  10. Meet all assigned project deliverables related to CANS in a timely and professional manner, including any required project reports to partners or funders



  1. Must hold a current Ohio Children’s Initiative CANS certification and be a certified Ohio CANS trainer. (or be a CANS trainer in the trainer certification process)
  2. Experience administering the CANS with various child/youth populations
  3. Functional knowledge of state children’s behavioral health policies, rules and practices
  4. Working knowledge of the state’s OhioRISE and Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) initiatives and the CABH COE role in supporting them
  5. Working knowledge of the OhioRISE service workflows and protocols.
  6. Quality improvement/Quality assurance skills 
  7. Skilled trainer with experience utilizing a variety of synchronous and asynchronous learning formats
  8. Extensive knowledge about child and adolescent mental and behavioral health disorders and best practice treatments
  9. Strong clinical skill set
  10. Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills  
  11. Ability to work with limited supervision while being highly self-motivated and self-directed
  12. Ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment
  13. Must be highly skilled in training, consultation and organizational abilities with demonstrated skills in CABH COE/CIP practice models.
  14. Highly organized with strong management skills
  15. Maintain positive collaborative relationships with agency, county, state, and national partners
  16. Comprehensive understanding of core COE grant services including but not limited to: MRSS, IHBT, HFWA, MST, FFT, CANS assessment
  17. Understanding of children’s system of care



Experience:  Minimum of a Master’s Degree and Independent licensure with supervisory credentials in one of the following disciplines:  Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, or Psychologist. A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in training, management, and program implementation within the mental health and substance abuse system.  Experience in implementing evidence-based and best practices.  Experience administering the CANS with children, youth and families in various settings.  Experience using the CANS in supervision and/or training on the CANS.



General working conditions.  In-state travel is required.  Non-traditional and flexible work schedule and location.   





In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



  • Perform other duties as assigned. 
  • Follow policies of CWRU in regard to reporting employee expenses, and activity for grant reporting.



Management of statewide CANS Continuous Quality Improvement system for Ohio’s children’s initiatives.


All resumes and cover letters should be sent to Heather Distin, Project Director, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at