I am writing to update you on our progress and timeline for the implementation of Wisconsins automated child welfare information system. I am pleased to report to you that not only was phase one of system implementation to our first county completed on December 11, 2000 but also, we are nearing completion of the procurement process enabling the start of phase two. As we all know, phase two begins a systematic statewide implementation of WiSACWIS starting with the nine pilot counties. In identifying additional system modifications needed for phase two, we listened carefully to pilot county participants and other key stakeholders to identify and incorporate additional functionality enabling each county to better manage the business of child welfare and to facilitate the exchange of data between WiSACWIS and other county systems. These modifications were laid out in our RFP with full pilot county participation. Some of the enhanced functionality that WiSACWIS phase two will offer to county child protective services staff and management are:
I hope you can understand why we are excited about the child welfare business functionality of the automated system. But more importantly, we are committed to the notion of developing WiSACWIS in a manner that facilitates the exchange of common data between state and specified local systems. Soon the design and development of the phase two statewide implementation, including the interfaces and data exchange processes, will begin. We are committed to working with counties in this process to assure we are meeting local needs as much as possible.
We are also initiating an outreach program that includes on location system demonstrations and the distribution of informative brochures. Thank you for your continuing interest and support as WiSACWIS is a critical element of our ability to assure the consistency, quality and performance of all child welfare case management uniform, with federal and state regulations and standards. Please contact Joyce Rose, WiSACWIS Project Director (608-266-0125) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.