Optum is pleased to work with our network to provide training opportunities throughout the year.  Please be sure to take note of registration requirements and details. Most registrations will close the week prior to the offered training to allow for proper planning of webinar resources as well as provide participants with necessary information to join the sessions.

If you have questions, please send an email to the Optum Education team at

Optum Education YES Workshops

The Praed Foundation developed the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS), which will be the approved assessment tool to measure child and family strengths and needs for children and adolescent Members up to 18 years of age. Beginning July 1, 2018, Network Providers who are CANS certified will be reimbursed by Optum for using the CANS assessment tool, along with the Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment (CDA). It is critical that you transition to using the CANS, as it will be the required state approved assessment tool for all children and adolescents served under the Idaho Behavioral Health Plan as of July 1, 2019. At that time, Optum Idaho will no longer reimburse for the CAFAS, PECFAS, and CALOCUS, and services for child and adolescent Members will not be reimbursed without a completed CANS.

Optum is partnering with Medicaid to assist providers with the transition to CANS by offering FOUR regional training workshops. These sessions will offer flexible, foundational training for clinicians, paraprofessionals, and administrative staff. This will ensure that Providers have access to training, clinical application, supervision, and consultation support to successfully implement key guiding principles of CANS in clinical practice. This information will also be useful in obtaining CANS certification.

To register, please RSVP to with the following:

  • The desired course and location
  • Agency or business name
  • Names of staff attendees for each class
  • Attendees email addresses
  • Licensure

There will be a maximum of 75 seats at each location, so please RSVP as soon as possible. We ask that agencies nominate up to two attendees per class for initial registration.

Workshops are now open for registration:  



Target Participant





CANS General Overview

1 day

All Staff





CANS Treatment Planning

½ day






CANS Supervision

½ day






CANS Trainer3

1 day






TCOM for Administrators

½ day

Leadership Staff





CANS Data Reports

½ day






1Master’s level clinicians
2Clinical supervisors
3Trainer has additional requirements to obtain Praed Trainer certification

The Praed Foundation also offers on-demand training for Providers who may not have the flexibility to attend in-person training or who may live outside the training locations. General information about online CANS training and certification is located at

All Providers, regardless of participation at the in-person workshops or through on demand trainings, will need to obtain online certification for an annual fee of $12 and can do so at


Optum, in Partnership with the REACH Institute, presents The Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Series for Children & Adolescents with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED)

Optum Idaho is excited to announce a series of evidence based practice webinars and e-learning modules for children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance (SED) in partnership with the Resource for Advancing Children Health (REACH) Institute. The CEU based education courses will be offered in a five part webinar series starting in January 2018. They will be conducted by a panel of distinguished REACH National Experts with a focus on: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Early Childhood Mental Health, and Disruptive Behavior Disorders.

The foundational trainings will be structured around diagnosis, assessent and treatment, and will be targeted to Master’s level clinicians working with children and adolescents with SED. The primary mission of REACH is to ensure that the most effective, scientifically-proven mental health care reaches all children and families.  Optum Idaho is partnering with the REACH Institute to offer access to the best, evidence based therapies to improve the mental health of children and adolescents in the State of Idaho.

Webinar Schedule and Registration

To Register, Click on the Learning Topic below for the desired webinar.

Learning Topic

Age Range



Call Time


13-18 years

Kevin D. Stark, Ph.D.

Lisa Hunter-Romanelli, Ph.D.

January 10, 2018

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. MT


13-18 years

Wendy K. Silverman, Ph.D., ABPP

Lisa Hunter-Romanelli, Ph.D.

January 24, 2018

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. MT


13-18 years

Christopher M. Layne, Ph.D.

Lisa Hunter-Romanelli, Ph.D.

February 7, 2018

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. MT


 6-12 years

Julie Kaplow, Ph.D, ABPP

Lisa Hunter-Romanelli, Ph.D.

February 14, 2018

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. MT

Early Childhood Mental Health: Trauma

 0-5 years

Robin H. Gurwitch, Ph.D.

Lisa Hunter-Romanelli, Ph.D.

March 7, 2018

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. MT

Disruptive Behavior

 6-12 years

John E. Lochman, Ph.D., ABPP

Lisa Hunter-Romanelli, Ph.D.

March 21, 2018

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. MT



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November 2017: YES Foundational Training

The State of Idaho is in the process of designing and implementing a new children’s mental health system of care for children and youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) called YES - Youth Empowerment Services.  The YES project has been authorized by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) as part of the settlement agreement resulting from the Jeff D. class action lawsuit.  The YES system of care will provide a new way for families to access mental health services for their children, will be strengths-based, family-centered, and will incorporate a new collaborative team approach that focuses on providing individualized care for children.

On November 14 and 16, Optum Idaho hosted a two part informational session covering an introduction to the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) project in the State of Idaho, and overview of the system of care, and information on the process to access services.

The webinars have been recorded and are now available in Relias.  

For additional questions regarding YES, please see our FAQs Page, or email

October 2017: Integrated Treatment Planning for IOP

On October 27, Optum offered a live webinar hosted by Dr. Matt Niece (Director of Counseling Services at Boise State University).  This training covers the core competencies required to start, monitor, evaluate, and close out integrated treatment planning for a member who is receiving IOP services. Evidence-based practices are addressed as well as screening and discharge criteria, risk assessment, and best practices for documentation.

You can review the slide deck by clicking on the link below, or find the recorded Webinar on Relias.

August 2017: Phase II - Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

On August 15, 2017 Optum hosted a webinar to inform Providers about the Intensive Outpatient Program and to introduce the Readiness Assessment Tool.  You can review the slide deck below.  The link to the Readiness Assessment, which will close August 29, can be found here at

July 2017: Relias and OptumHealth Education Information

On July 25 and July 27, 2017, Optum hosted trainings about our eLearning portals -  Relias and OptumHealth Education.  Training highlighted Relias Targeted User Curriculums -enrolled by license or job type - and an introduction to the Optum Health Education eLearning portal.

May 2017: Strengthening Clinical Processes


On May 22, 23, and 24, 2017, Optum Idaho held training that highlighted Clinical Model updates, Level of Care Guidelines, an explanation of Service Request form upgrade and modifications as well as review of Provider Interface and Notification, and Practice Management.

April 2017: Program & Network Integrity - Coding and Auditing of BH Services

On April 18 and 19, 2017, Optum Idaho hosted a training session providing an overview of current trends in the Idaho market, common audit findings, highlights of the audit review process, and the revised approach to Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Error.

March 2017: Virtual Introduction Process


On March 15, 2017, Optum and Altarum Institute hosted a Virtual Introduction video to inform Providers about the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), introduce the Readiness Assessment Tool, and explain the credentialing process.

For previous trainings, please visit the page Previous Training Presentations

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