RHY Resources

Using the CANS Tool in Wraparound Processes

The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) is a widely used, validated tool developed by the John Praed Foundation that assesses the strengths and needs of young people and their families, and assists service providers in treatment planning and outcomes tracking. A new brief from the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health describes how CANS can be effectively integrated into Wraparound processes, commonly used by public agencies serving “multi-system youth.”

Download the brief at



Adverse Childhood Experiences Versus Childhood Trauma

This Child Trends blog post defines and differentiates adverse childhood experiences with childhood trauma. The authors compare and contrast childhood adversity, adverse childhood experiences, trauma, and toxic stress, using multiple links to additional resources and reports. The research shows that RHY face adverse childhood experiences and trauma at elevated rates.

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Making Pay for Success Work for RHY Programs

Urban Institute engaged researchers, practitioners, and local government officials involved in Pay for Success (PFS) initiatives to assess the challenges faced by young people aging out of foster care and juvenile justice systems, and how PFS may fund programs that fill critical gaps. The resulting report provides an overview of the PFS model, considerations for structuring projects, and descriptions of PFS-funded programs, like one that finances permanent supportive housing for youth aging out of care.

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Tech-Based Evaluation of Reproductive Health App Shows Promise

A recent evaluation of a reproductive health app for young women ages 18-20 suggests that tech-based approaches may be an effective way to provide culturally relevant health education to underserved populations. After six weeks, black and Latina young women using Healthy Teen Network’s interactive Pulse app reported receiving information about abstinence, how to say no to sex, and how to talk to partners about sexual health at higher rates than those in the comparison group.

Read about evaluation results at 


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Trauma-Informed Training Works with a Range of Professionals

The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Child Trauma Training Center evaluated the impact of 237 trauma-informed training to police officers and clinicians over a four year period. Pre- and post-surveys indicated that training resulted in statistically significant increases in participants’ knowledge of trauma and their confidence in supporting traumatized youth. Results suggest that trauma training is an efficient way to impact large numbers of young people, and should be provided to a range of professionals.

Download the evaluation at https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/pib/vol15/iss13/1/

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