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Integrated Assessment and Treatment Planning (IATP)

Integrated Assessment and Treatment Planning (IATP) is a Medicaid service reimbursable to community behavioral health service providers.  IATP combines a mental health assessment and individual plan of care into one integrated tool, ensuring a customer’s assessment of needs and strengths are clearly documented and lead to specific treatment recommendations.  Providers must minimally review and update a customer’s IATP every 180 days.  

HFS has designated the Illinois Medicaid Comprehensive Assessment of Needs and Strengths (IM+CANS) as the approved IATP instrument; providers must utilize the IM+CANS to be reimbursed for IATP services.

Additional information regarding IATP services can be found on this page.

IATP Materials

Archived IATP Materials

Illinois Medicaid Comprehensive Assessment of Needs and Strengths (IM+CANS) Assessment

The IM+CANS serves as the foundation of Illinois’ efforts to transform its publicly funded behavioral health service delivery system. It was originally developed as the result of a collaborative effort between the Illinois Departments of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), Human Services-Division of Mental Health (DHS-DMH), and Children and Family Services (DCFS). Updates and revisions to the IM+CANS will be released from time to time based upon feedback and input received from stakeholders through the IM+CANS Workgroup.

The comprehensive IM+CANS assessment provides a standardized, modular framework for assessing the global needs and strengths of individuals who require mental health treatment in Illinois. Today, the IM+CANS incorporates:

  • A complete set of core and modular CANS items, addressing domains such as Risk Behaviors, Trauma Exposure, Behavioral/Emotional Needs, Life Functioning, and Cultural Factors; 
  • A fully integrated assessment and plan of care;
  • A physical Health Risk Assessment (HRA); and,
  • A population-specific addendum for youth involved with the child welfare system.

At the core of the IM+CANS is the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and the Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA); communimetric tools containing a set of core and modular items that identify a customer’s strengths and needs using a ‘0’ to ‘3’ scale. These items support care planning and level of care decision-making, facilitate quality improvement initiatives, and monitor the outcomes of services. Additional data fields were added to the CANS items to support a fully Integrated Assessment and Treatment Plan (IATP), placing mental health treatment in Illinois on a new pathway built around a customer-centered, data-driven approach.

Illinois Medicaid Crisis Assessment Tool (IM-CAT)

The Illinois Medicaid - Crisis Assessment Tool (IM-CAT) is a decision support and communication tool to allow for the rapid and consistent communication of the needs of customers experiencing a crisis that threatens their safety or well-being or the safety of the community.  It is intended to be completed by those who are directly involved with the customer.  The form serves as both a decision support tool and as documentation of the identified needs of the customer and of the decisions made about treatment and placement at the time of the crisis.

The IM-CAT is composed of a crisis subset of items from the IM+CANS.  The IM-CAT and the IM+CANS together comprise a broader toolkit of linked assessments that are designed to meet the unique needs of multiple public payer systems, while also breaking down barriers to accessing behavioral health treatment. This suite of assessments is designed to reduce the duplicate collection of administrative and clinical data points needed to appropriately assess a customer’s needs and strengths while establishing a commonality of language between customers, families, providers, and payer systems.

Providers delivering Mobile Crisis Response (MCR) services are required to utilize the IM-CAT as a component of service delivery.


HFS has partnered with the Provider Assistance and Training Hub (PATH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to provide training and technical assistance to providers in the use of the IM+CANS and the IM-CAT.  Staff must attend training through PATH and complete annual certification to utilize the IM+CANS and the IM-CAT. 

Looking for the IM+CANS or IM-CAT training schedule? All courses are now open for registration in Adobe.  If you haven't already set up your Adobe account, please navigate to to create your account with Medicaid Technical Assistance (MTAC) Virtual Training Platform and register for a class.

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