Functional Assessment Rating Scales (FARS and CFARS) Web-based Training and Certification System


The Functional Assessment Rating Scales - FARS for adult behavioral health functional assessment are ways of documenting and standardizing impressions from clinical evaluations or mental status exams that assess cognitive, social and role functioning. The FARS and CFARS (adapted from the Colorado Client Assessment Rating Scales - CCAR) were developed for use in Florida to evaluate the Department of Children and Families (DCF) behavioral health outcomes for children and adults receiving state supported services. Continuing Education Credits are not available for this training.

To take the FARS and CFARS training, please follow the instructions provided.  Please do not bookmark direct links becasue they will not work properly. 

  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 FARS or CFARS on left menu under SAMHIS

Download most recent CFARS Manual (2006)

General information about these trainings can be found at  If you are experiencing any difficulty with the training website, please contact the DCF Customer Assistance Center HELP DESK at 850-487-9400.