The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 5, 2013
California IT snapshot: Case management for in-home care

Two departments in California's Health and Human Services Agency oversee programs that pay out $4 billion annually for in-home services to the elderly. The computer system they use for assigning those payments and tracking some 400,000 cases statewide is 25 years old.

Here's what the state is bringing in to replace it:

Name: Case Management, Information and Payrolling System II
Agency: Health and Human Services Agency
Estimated cost: $424 million
Amount spent to date: $222 million
Percent of project complete: 41 percent
Time frame: 1999-2000 to 2013-2014 (14 years)

What is it? A payroll- and case-tracking system for California's in-home care programs.

The official line:"The CDSS proposes to replace the existing legacy Case Management, Information and Payrolling System (CMIPS I) that handles case management and payrolling services for caregivers providing In-Home Supportive Services for qualified aged, blind, and disabled individuals. CMIPS II will employ newer technology, improve system stability and provide data integration with the California Medicaid Management Information System. The legacy CMIPS has been in production since 1973, utilizes outdated technology, and lacks adequate system documentation."

Current red flags reported: None

This is the sixth in a series of daily posts looking at California's 10 most-expensive state computer projects as listed on the Department of Technology's website.

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