As 2017 draws to a close, the deadline for transitioning to a Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS) approaches. August 1, 2018 marks the end of the transition period for Title IV-E agencies to either make the switch to a CCWIS from a S/TACWIS, abandon the CCWIS or build a new CCWIS. Though the transition is not required to be complete by the August 1, 2018 deadline, Title IV-E agencies must begin the process to be eligible for funding options.
It is not required for these agencies to transition to a CCWIS module, however the Comprehensive Child Welfare Information rule allows agencies to design an information system that best meets their needs. This removes the necessity to use a single comprehensive system, such as a S/TACWIS, when it may not meet the agency’s needs. The rule was put in place to give agencies more flexibility, and to make IT integration easier by lowering implementation and development costs. A compliant CCWIS system must meet several criteria outlined in the rule, however agencies have the freedom to determine specific executions, functions and design themselves.
To be eligible for federal financial participation, Title IV-E agencies must make a determination of how to move forward with their IT system. This 24 month window which began in August of 2016 gives agencies an opportunity to build a system that works best for them, and utilize the efficiency and collaborative tools that modern technology provides.