March 31, 2000

Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services

To: Area Administrators/Assistant Area Administrators
Bureau Directors
County Departments of Community Programs Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities
     Services Directors
County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
Section Chiefs/Licensing Chiefs
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators
From: Susan N. Dreyfus
RE: WiSACWIS County Coordinator

The procurement of services for statewide WiSACWIS implementation is underway. It is now time for all counties to identify and submit key county information for inclusion into the procurement document.

The WiSACWIS Project requests that each county designate a person who will be the central coordination/contact person for handling project issues, including communication and implementation. This person will not necessarily do all of the tasks but will determine who needs to see or respond to the communications from the Project and will ensure that the communication is appropriately distributed. For those counties who have the capacity, the WiSACWIS Project would like you to identify both a Program Coordinator and a Technical Coordinator. Counties have the option of designating a single County Coordinator.

The WiSACWIS County Coordinator should be someone who:

  • Has enough authority or support from County Executive Management to implement decisions and assign tasks;

  • Is available to and easily reached by county and Project staff;

  • Knows the county agency, particularly Child Welfare staff and processes;

  • Can communicate well with all levels of staff in your agency and with WiSACWIS Project staff;

  • Can facilitate problem solving and local decision making;

  • Will influence staff to try new tasks;

  • Can organize information in the best way for it to be understood and acted upon specific to your agency processes and procedures;

  • Will disseminate information quickly and accurately to the appropriate people.

A member of the WiSACWIS Project Team will be contacting you in the near future to gather contact information about your WiSACWIS County Coordinator(s).

WiSACWIS Director
(608) 266-0125

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