Technology is an integral part of child welfare today both for daily work and tracking outcomes. In August 1997, the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) implemented a custom database called RICHIST, which was made possible because of federal grant money offered to states wanting to implement an electronic case management system. Many other states have such a system, known generically as a State Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS). This information management system streamlines functions throughout DCYF and enables federal reporting, as well as provides simultaneous access to case information. Due to the complexity of RICHIST and the importance placed on keeping case information accurate and up-to-date, the Rhode Island Child Welfare Institute (CWI) offers 13 RICHIST classes in its pre-service program. The CWI also provides ongoing RICHIST training in the form of on-site demonstrations and occasional hands-on classes. In addition to training on RICHIST, the CWI offers pre-service and in-service training on Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access, Novell's GroupWise and the Internet.

For more information on Technology classes, contact:
Lori Herz, MA
Technical Training Specialist

Page last updated: February 14, 2007