SACWIS at a Glance
The following describes the general characteristics of the Statewide Automated Child Welfare System (SACWIS).
System Name: Rhode Island Children’s Information System (RICHIST)
Project Director: David Allenson
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing Address: 101 Friendship Street
- Providence, RI 02903
Work: (401) 528-3858
FAX: (401) 528-3460
Current Status: Operational since August 5, 1997
Number of Users: 800
Rhode Island is a State Administered system. RICHIST is the state central registry for child abuse/neglect complaints.
RICHIST was a transfer system from Connecticut with extensive modifications to reflect Rhode Island policies and procedures.
Business Functionality Supported by Application:
- Foster Care
- Juvenile Justice
- Child Protective Services
- Independent Living
- Interstate Compact
- Family Preservation and Support
- Child and Family Services
- Provider Services
State Accounting System - this interface provides the State Accounting System with vendor payroll information. A return file contains payment information including check number and date paid.
InRHODES - this interfaces provides Title IV-E and Title XIX data between systems.
Family Court - this interface provides workers will an automated e-mail message identifying upcoming court dates.
MMIS - this interface processes Medicaid payments for eligible children/services.
Description of architecture and hardware:
RICHIST is a client-server system utilizing a Powerbuilder front-end and a Sybase database. Network file servers are Compaq. Client workstations at implementation were 75Mhz Pentium w/ 32MB RAM. Newer workstations are 400+Mhz Pentium w/ 64MB RAM.
Description of software products used for the operating system software and development application, the WAN and LAN network and the desktop:
The network software is Novell. The network is run over Ethernet in the local area offices connected by Frame Relay over a wide area network. Office automation uses Windows 95/98, Microsoft Office 95 and Groupwise e-mail. Reports are written in Brio SQR and Powersoft Infomaker. MicroFocus COBOL is used for batch processes. Help Desk software is Support Magic.
Planning and Analysis Contractor: MAXIMUS, Inc.
Design/Implementation Contractor: American Management Systems, Inc.
Maintenance Contractor: Network Six, Inc.
Total Contractor Costs: $6,008,039
Total Hardware Costs: $2,142,242
Total State Personnel Costs: $2,510,822
Other: Site Prep, Training: $1,936,480
Total Costs through Implementation: $12,597,583
Annual MIS budget: $4.5 - $5 million