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Northern Regional User Group Presentation

CWDS conducts regional visits with core counties to provide stakeholders with project updates. On September 25 we met with the Northern Regional User Group. View the presentation slides here.

CWDS Releases CARES 1.0 into Production

We are thrilled to announce the successful release of CARES 1.0 into production on Wednesday, September 19, 2018! With this release, Identity Management, Child Welfare History Snapshot and Facility Search and Profile functionality were applied to the CWS-CARES application and will be implemented statewide to all 58 counties in a phased approach.

Identity Management is a tool that provides users a secure login to the CWS-CARES application with multi-factor authentication, the industry standard for web based applications which provides additional security in order to adequately protect confidential child welfare information. It also provides administrative staff the ability to add new users, manage users access and assign user roles and permissions within the application.

Child Welfare History Snapshot provides users with a comprehensive one page view of case and referral history for clients in Child Welfare Services/Case Management System (CWS/CMS). It allows child welfare staff to search for clients and view their relationships, demographic information, and child welfare history including dates of referrals/cases, victim and perpetrator information, allegations and dispositions. It also provides users the ability to copy and paste the history into other documents, such as investigative narratives or court documents which has proven to be a huge time-saving benefit for workers.

Lastly, CARES 1.0 includes Facility Search and Profile which is a thorough, at-a-glance read-only view that provides information about a facility or home on one page. This search feature retrieves children’s residential facilities and county-approved homes data from CWS/CMS, the Licensing Information System (LIS), and the Field Automation System (FAS). It will allow authorized users to search for and view children’s residential licensed facilities and county-approved homes, along with contact information and the responsible licensing or approval workers and will reflect the number of beds, complaint history, and children currently associated to the facility or home.

View the complete Release Notes for CARES 1.0 online.

CWS-CARES Implementation Approach

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, CWDS released CARES 1.0 into production. The implementation of CARES 1.0 will follow a 3-phase approach. Phase 1 is a limited release to the core county representatives who work with our Digital Service teams. Phase 2 extends and introduces CARES 1.0 to all identified users within the Core Counties/CDSS Divisions. Phase 3 is where the implementation team works with all statewide users (in the remaining 50 counties) using a wave/incremental approach. During each Phase and Wave, the implementation team will be working with each county and CDSS Division during their 30-day implementation support window.

The CWS-CARES Implementation Lead guides each Organization through the following key activities.

  • Implementation Management
  • Tech Readiness/Connectivity
  • User Setup
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Training
  • Interim Processes
  • Communication

Each of the key activities includes a number of sub-activities that support the counties and CDSS in moving towards and preparing for county/CDSS go-live. County and State staff can find more information regarding implementation activities at the Implementation Portal. All other stakeholders can contact the CWDS Implementation Team at cwdsimplementation@osi.ca.gov.

Southern Regional User Group Presentation

Child Welfare Digital Services delivered a project update to the Southern Regional User Group on September 20th. Review the CWS/CMS presentation slides online.

Mountain Valley Regional User Group Presentation

Child Welfare Digital Services delivered a project update to the Mountain Valley Regional User Group on September 19. Review the CWS/CMS presentation slides online.

CWDS Legislative Update - August 2018

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.

Click here to read the August 2018 report online.

CWDS Sprint Review 9.1 Development Teams

CWDS held a sprint review on September 6 for stakeholders to follow the progress of its digital service teams. Check the links below to review the presentation slides and webinar recording. The agenda is also inserted below for reference.

CWDS Digital Teams hold public sprint reviews monthly, with details of progress published online. Stakeholders can stay updated by visiting the CWDS archive (The Feed), viewing the CWDS events calendar and subscribing to the eNewsletter
Sprint Review Session Sprint 9.1 Webinar
Intake Presentation: Team C, Team H, Team K, Team I, Team J         
CANS Presentation: Team B, Team N 
CALS Presentation: Team M 
Identity Management Presentation: Team A 
Design Ops Presentatio

Bay Area Regional User Group Presentation

Child Welfare Digital Services to deliver a project update to the Bay Area Regional User Group on September 6, 2018. Review the CWS/CMS presentation slides online.

Northern Regional User Group Presentation

CWDS conducts regional visits with core counties to provide stakeholders with project updates. On August 28 we'll meet with the Northern Regional User Group. View the presentation slides here.

CWDS Sprint Review 8.4

CWDS held a sprint review on August 23 for stakeholders to follow the progress of its digital service teams. Check the links below to review the presentation slides and webinar recording. The agenda is also inserted below for reference.

CWDS Digital Teams hold public sprint reviews monthly, with details of progress published online. Stakeholders can stay updated by visiting the CWDS archive (The Feed), viewing the CWDS events calendar and subscribing to the eNewsletter
Sprint Review Session Webinar 
Presentations: CANS: Team B; Intake: Team C, Team H, Team K, Team I, Team J; CALS: Team N, Team M; Identity Management Team A; Design Ops
CANS Team B 1:15 – 1:35
Intake Team C 1:40 – 2:00
Intake Team H 2:00 – 2:20
Intake Team K 2:20 – 2:40
Intake Team I 2:40 – 3:00
Intake Team J 3:00 – 3:20
CALS Team N 3:25 – 3:45
CALS Team M 3:45 – 4:05
Identity Management Team A 4:10 – 4:30
Design Ops 4:35 – 4:55