Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA) Team

The Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA) is a multi-purpose tool developed for adult’s mental health 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 ANSA is the adult version of the Child and Adolescent Needs Assessment (CANS), which is used widely throughout the State. The Department of Mental Health is asking the advisory group to provide input into the Vermont version of the ANSA, inform and implement trainings, support policy development, inform utilization of EHRs for individual and program level reporting and provide peer and practice support. ANSA Implementation Team is Chaired by Alison Krompf, Director of Quality and Accountability, Department of Mental Health and Samantha Sweet, Operations & Care Management Director, Department of Mental Health.

Implementation Team Members


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How to Implement the ANSA Powerpoint
Vermont Clinical Assessment/ANSA Template

Implementation Team Meeting Minutes:

(No meetings in March, April, May, June and July due to COVID)


Would you like to see the working DRAFT of the Vermont ANSA? You can find it here. Just keep in mind this is evolving and being improved with Vermont language.

If you'd like to see how we are tracking the development of the ANSA, you can use this easy guide.

DMH guidance in thinking through ANSA Implementation.

NCSS shares their steps towards Implementing the ANSA.


If you have questions or would like information about this group please contact

Contact Information

Department of Mental Health
Commissioner Emily Hawes
280 State Drive, NOB 2 North
Waterbury, VT 05671-2010
Phone: (802) 241-0090
Fax: (802) 241-0100

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