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Children's Functional Assessment Rating Scale - CFARS

The Children's Functional Assessment Rating Scale - CFARS (John C. Ward, Jr., Ph.D. & Michael G. Dow, Ph.D., 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998) is a way of documenting and standardizing impressions from clinical evaluations or mental status exams that assess cognitive, social and role functioning.

  1. Go to the DCF home page:
  2. Click on Services on the top menu
  3. Scroll down and click on Mental Health
  4. Scroll down and click on For SAMH Providers on left side menu
  5. Scroll down and click on SAMHIS on left menu under For SAMH Providers
  6. Click on CFARS on left menu under SAMHIS

Information about the Functional Assessment Rating Scale for adult clients is here.

If you are experiencing any difficulty with the training website, please contact the DCF Customer Assistance Center HELP DESK at 850-487-9400.

For other information about the CFARS scale, unrelated to the FARS training website, please contact:

John C. Ward, Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Professor   Adjunct Associate Professor
Dept of Mental Health, Law and Policy Dept of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute College of Public Health