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.

FANS Basic Training

 July 22nd & 23rd, 2024
9:30AM – 3:00PM 

Participants must complete the following:

  • Full Training Schedule along with homework
  • Must participate in-person (virtually) for full training schedule to be able to take the test and use the tool effectively!
  • As this is an interactive participatory training, please have your camera on all the time.
  • We offer TA monthly calls to support you and the use of the tool with parents/caregivers.
  • Please plan on attending at least the first TA call after taking FANS Basic.

Register in advance for this meeting here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with link to join the meeting.

  • (Please save the Zoom confirmation email in your calendar)
  • For questions call or email: Sue Lewis,

Download The Flyer Here


FANS Technical Assistance & Learning Community - 2024 Office Hours
  • Do you have questions about how to introduce the FANS?
  • Are there challenges engaging families in using the FANS tool?
  • Do you have questions on how to create goals and plans using the FANS?
  • Are you struggling with any part of FANS?
  • Do you need support?
  • Is it time for Recertification?

Please Join the FANS Technical Assistance Office Hours Learning Community.

Office Hours TBD each month via Zoom
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
More information

Click date to register!
July 31st, 2024

Register in advance for meetings.

Questions: Susan Lewis

For questions &  general information about FANS contact:

Susan Lewis, Family Systems Engagement Coordinator