The CWDS Implementation Team is preparing for Snapshot, the first major CWS-CARES release. This tool allows staff to search CWS/CMS data for people and their past child welfare history. The team hosted a series of web conferences in January to kick off implementation activities with the State, county, and tribe organizations. These important sessions covered an overview of the Snapshot tool, logistics of the rollout, implementation services provided to organizations, key contacts and resources, next steps, and a brief Q&A. Ten regional sessions were conducted. Invitees included staff from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), county directors, SPOCs, technical contacts, and trainers. Implementation Leads (IL) will prepare stakeholders for this change and serve as liaisons for the project. Stay tuned for more updates by subscribing to our newsletter and following us on social media.
This week CALS core counties visited CWDS Headquarters to participate in a usability study. The collaborative session included further developing the RFA form-to-form navigation concept and pre-submission workflow processes. This will allow CWS-CARES to streamline the online forms, speed up the application process and reduce workload for the approval service. CALS digital service is the team that will provide state and county licensing and approval staff and managers with a simple and efficient tool for facility licensing, certifying and resource family home approval.