The Family Needs & Strengths (FANS) assessment and outcome tool for Family Peer Support is derived from the Child Needs & Strengths (CANS), developed by Dr. John Lyons.  Seeing the need for a Family Peer Support Services assessment and outcome tool was developed in partnership with New York State Western Region Family Peer Support Services Program Directors, Dr. Lyons, and strongly encouraged and endorsed by New York State Office of Mental Health.

 ***Modified FANS Basic Training Process During NYS During COVID-19***

Criteria for Taking FANS Classes

FANS Basic Training

January 17, 18, 19 & 20, 2023
10:00AM – 12:30PM 

Families Together in NYS recognizes the challenges Family Peer Support programs and Family Peer Advocates have to access the in-person FANS Basic Training during COVID-19.  We understand the importance of keeping staff trained in FANS and serving families.  To that end, we have been working diligently to develop a web based abbreviated FANS basic that will allow FPAs to be certified to use the tool for the duration of the New York State on PAUSE  executive order.

The following is what we propose:

  • Web-based FANS Basic Training which will consist of four – 1 ½ hour sessions with homework after each session.
  • A passing grade on the test of 70% or more is required to continue on with the class.

If you are interested in registering for the Virtual FANS Basic Training, contact Nancy Craig at 716-432-6238 or email:

Download the flyer here.


FANS Technical Assistance - 2022 Office Hours via Zoom

Do you have questions?
Are you struggling?
Do you want support with the test?

Please join our FANS technical assistance office hours for first-time FPA certification and annual re-certification.

Office Hours Wednesdays via Zoom Call
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
More information here.

Click preferred date to register

October 12, 2022
November9, 2022
December 14, 2022

Register in advance for meetings.

Send your email to: Laurie Rivera at

For questions &  general information about FANS contact:

Nancy Craig, Director of  Community & Systems Engagement
Phone: 716-432-6238


For training needs please contact your Regional Parent Advisors.