CWDS Bulletins

CWDS Update: July 2017

Child Welfare Digital Services produces a monthly report for the Legislature and stakeholders to follow as the project works to replace the CMS/CWS legacy system.

Read the July 2017 report online:  CWDS Update July 2017

Update: Procurement Activity

On July 11, CWDS held a quarterly forum for stakeholders where state and county executives provided an update on the project's progress.  Below is a chart from the slide deck highlighting past and future procurement activity starting from June, 2016. A number of contracts have been awarded this year, with more procurements scheduled.  See the vendor sectionof our website for more details.



 

Video: CWDS Guest Speaker Mike Bland

Child Welfare Digital Services hosts brown bag lunch series with monthly guest speakers on a range of topics. On July 14, 2017,  automation expert and former Googler Mike Bland presented to staff.



 

Video: CWDS Quarterly Stakeholder Forum: July 11th

On July 11, 2017, the Child Welfare Digital Services project hosted a quarterly forum for stakeholders to follow the state's progress to replace the legacy system used by county case workers across California.  A portion of this video recording was inaudible and not published.  See the complete presentation slide deck here.



 

CWDS Update June 2017

Child Welfare Digital Services produces a monthly report for the Legislature and stakeholders to follow as the project works to replace the CMS/CWS legacy system. Read the June 2017 report online: CWDS Update June 2017

CWDS Awards Contracts for Case Management Digital Service

Cambria Solutions and Accenture Start July 2017

Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) has selected Cambria Solutions and Accenture from the state’s Agile Development Pre-Qualified (ADPQ) vendor pool to work on the Case Management digital service. Case Management is the largest of eight services under development to create the system that will replace the existing Child Welfare Services / Case Management System (CWS/CMS) used by county case workers across California.

The Case Management digital service will provide county child welfare agencies a comprehensive, automated case management system that fully supports effective child welfare practices, and incorporates the functional requirements mandated by federal regulations. It will provide state and county caseworkers, supervisors, staff and managers with a simple and efficient tool for maintaining a case record in a variety of situations, including: family needs assessments, court supervised or voluntary in-home services, foster care placement, family reunification services, and permanency planning services.

The project is pioneering the development and operation of cloud-based software in the public sector, following a DevOps project lifecycle rather than a traditional design, development and implementation (DDI) / maintenance and operations (M&O) model. The project is taking an innovative new approach for California state government, using agile methodologies, free/open source software (FOSS) and user-centered design.

The project’s first code release, in March 2017, came six months before the selection and award of a system integrator and two to three years before any working software would have occurred under the previous monolithic “waterfall” approach.

CWDS Awards Consulting Contract to CivicActions

Berkeley-based CivicActions has been selected to provide technical consulting services for Child Welfare Digital Service (CWDS), the project announced on June 30.

CivicActions will provide six full-time staff to the project’s infrastructure team, helping provide a continuum of services and capabilities including integration, deployment, and automation. The new team members triple the project’s infrastructure engineer count from two to six, with the introduction of four new engineers, a performance analyst, and an experienced release manager who will also be the team’s Scrum Master.

CWDS is pioneering the development and operation of cloud-based software following a DevOps project lifecycle rather than a traditional design, development and implementation (DDI) / maintenance and operations (M&O) model.   The project is taking an innovative new approach for California state government, using Agile methodologies, free/open source software (FOSS) and user-centered design.

The project consists of eight digital services to replace the legacy system that manages casework for county child protective services programs, foster home approvals and licensing, and other critical functions that allow case workers to protect children.

With the project’s first code release in March, teams of state staff and contractors, including designers, developers and project managers, have been working to get started under the new approach.  Momentum is building as more developer teams will be hired in the coming months.

CWDS Seeks Case Management Product Owner

Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) is recruiting for a Product Owner (Sr. Information Systems Analyst) to assume responsibility for the day-to-day oversight of the Case Management Digital Service, the largest of eight services under development to create the system that will replace the existing Child Welfare Services / Case Management System (CWS/CMS) used by county case workers across California.

The Product Owner is responsible for developing software, from concept to delivery, to provide state and county workers with a simple and efficient tool for maintaining a child welfare case record in a variety of situations, including:  community-based or voluntary services, court supervised in home services, family reunification services, and permanency planning services.   This position guides and directs a team of software designers and developers to design, test, and deliver user-centered software using agile-based methodologies to meet the Service Manager's vision and goals for the ultimate product.

The Case Management Digital Service will provide county Child Welfare Agencies a comprehensive, automated case management system that fully supports the child welfare practices and incorporates the functional requirements mandated by federal regulations. 
See our job flyer for more information.
 

Louis Cretaro Selected to Head Court Processing Digital Service

County Consultant Louis Cretaro has been selected to serve as Service Manager for the Court Processing Digital Service, CWDS announced on June 28th. Cretaro, who currently serves on the CWDS project as a consultant for the California Welfare Directors Association, previously served as a Health and Human Service applications team supervisor in Placer County for 15 years.  He will also continue to serve as a subject matter expert on the project's interfaces team. One of eight digital services within the CWDS project, the Court Processing Digital Service will provide state and county staff with software that allows a child welfare professional to generate, complete, submit, and record submission of proper legal notice, court reports and court results. Working closely with county representatives and the CWS/CMS user community across the state, CWDS Service Managers lead product design and development teams to create software for the project to replace the legacy system used by case workers to help protect children in California.      

CWDS to Hold Quarterly Stakeholder Forum on July 11th

Child Welfare Digital Services will host a Quarterly Stakeholder Forum on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

This all-day event will be held onsite at the CWDS campus at 2870 Gateway Oaks Drive in Sacramento as well as via video conference. The agenda will include a general session with a project update and multiple breakout sessions presented  by CWDS digital service teams.



To join the main session's WebEx instance, click this link on July 11th.