Value Based Purchasing Training and Resource Center

Provider and Member Centric Value Based Purchasing
A Partnership that Benefits all Stakeholders


The information contained within this page will serve as an additional layer of training and implementation support for your Value Based Purchasing (VBP) initiative.

Table of Contents

Training Resources

These resources will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to access and utilize KIDnet based on your role, as well as tips for administering the CANS. To accommodate adult learners, KIDnet materials have been provided in both print and video form, with snippets linked throughout the print guide (where applicable).

KIDnet Training Guides

For Clinicians

*11 total training videos with an estimated duration of 26 mins

For Administrators

*4 total training videos with an estimated duration of 5 mins.

CANS Resources

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Open office hours are available weekly for training and implementation support. Use the button below to register.

Terminology & Key Players

What is CANS/TCOM?

The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) is a multi-purpose tool developed for children’s services to support decision making, including level of care and service planning, to facilitate quality improvement initiatives, and to allow for the monitoring of outcomes of services. The CANS was developed from a communication perspective to facilitate the linkage between the assessment process and the design of individualized service plans, including the application of evidence-based practices.

Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM) is the guiding philosophy behind the CANS assessment and the overarching name that the Center of Innovation (and Praed Foundation) use to define the training provided. Questions regarding the CANS training and certification process should be directed to

Who are the Praed Foundation and the Center for Innovation in Population Health?

The Center for Innovation in Population Health administers CANS trainings on behalf of the Praed Foundation. 

What is KIDnet?

KIDnet is a web-based software application developed by Advanced Metrics that utilizes and reports on data drawn from the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and other data collection tools. As part of the VBP workflow, data is collected and entered into the KIDnet software application. This includes CANS data as well as data related to treatment progress. Administrators are provided with outputs that show change over time as well as symptom reduction. Questions regarding KIDnet trainings and implementation should be directed to and

Who is Advanced Metrics?

Advanced Metrics is a mission driven Software as a Service (SaaS) company whose software are explicitly informed by system users throughout the development and deployment of each application. Advanced Metrics is SOC2 certified and holds “The Seal of HIPAA Compliance” through The Compliance Group. Caleb Moser and Tyler Ruenroeng are your main contacts for your implementation and training questions.

Meet your Implementation Team

The multi-disciplinary team at Advanced Metrics has an extensive background in clinical practice, software implementation and development, business administration, and data analytics. These will be the key players in helping you succeed with KIDnet, CANS, and VBP!

Please click on this link for complete bios of each member


From left to right:
  • John Kreiner – Chief Technology Officer

  • Sara Russell – Operations and Outreach Manager

  • Patrice Castellano – Solution Support Lead

  • Steve Herr, PhD – CEO

  • Kate Gallagher, MNM – Chief Operating Officer

  • Caleb Moser – Project Implementation Coordinator

  • Anna Erb, DSW, LCSW – Director of Operational Content and Planning

  • Erin Bixler, MA – Data Analyst

  • Tyler Ruenroeng – Project Implementation Coordinator (not pictured)


Have a training and implementation question or need to connect with Solution Support?

We are here to help.

Training and Implementation Support

Caleb Moser, Project Implementation Coordinator

Tyler Ruenroeng, Project Implementation Coordinator

Technical Support

Patrice Castellano, Solution Support

(717) 723-8137


What should I know about CANS trainings and Certification?
  • Master’s level clinicians and other identified clinical supervisors or directors should be trained in the CANS. CANS certification training consists of two (2), 3.5 hour sessions. Both trainings are to be taken within the same week.
  • CANS training is provided by the Center of Innovation in Population Health on behalf of the Praed Foundation. You can contact if you have specific questions about the CANS training and certification process.
  • Once an individual is certified in the CANS they are able to implement other versions of the CANS (such as the CANS-Autism) and other TCOM tools (such as the ANSA).
  • The CANS and the CANS-Autism are both available in KIDnet for data collection as part of the VBP package of available tools. This provides assessment options to support those implementing Evidence Based Practices, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
  • You are not required to pay for the CANS training or provide a coupon code to access the training materials or certification test. Once it is confirmed that you attended both the TCOM and CANS Overview session, you will receive an email and you will be able to take the exam. If you are asked to do so, contact the Advanced Metrics Implementation Team Caleb Moser or Tyler Ruenroeng and they will work with you to ensure the Center of Innovation in Population Health updates their records accordingly.
What is the Value Based Purchasing (VBP) Initiative?

Value Based Purchasing (VBP) is a payment model that uses data to incentivize providers for reaching certain performance measures. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) states that value-based programs and payment models are critical for improving quality of care, efficiency of services, and reducing costs (Roadmap to Whole Person Health, DHS). This model balances person-centered interventions and clinical effectiveness with a cost effective, performance focused approach. Additional information can be found on Beacon’s Website.

What is the basic process for implementing this Value Based Purchasing model?

The Value Based Purchasing (VBP) model was developed in cooperation and collaboration with key stakeholders, including providers, so that the model is practice based. A child is evaluated, and the treatment team identifies an appropriate Evidence Based Practice (EBP). A treatment plan with associated outcomes is developed. Data is collected and entered into the KIDnet software application. This includes CANS data as well as data related to treatment progress. Administrators are provided with outputs that show change over time as well as symptom reduction.

Will this initiative create more work for me?

The VBP initiative is designed to reduce the burden of data collection and reporting allowing clinicians to get back to spending time with clients. KIDnet is able to take collected data and create reports so you don’t need to calculate and create complicated change over time reports. By using the tools in KIDnet, you will be able to spend less time on tasks such as mothly reports, and more time focusing on your clients.

How do I get new staff trained on the CANS and KIDnet?

This initiative is designed to be sustainable! CANS and KIDnet trainings are available for new staff and those needing a refresher. Contact either Caleb Moser or Tyler Ruenroeng for any scheduling needs.