TOPEKA – Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel is pleased to announce the State of Kansas has awarded the new Placement Matching System contract to Five Points Technology Group, Inc.
The Placement Matching System, a new initiative under Secretary Meier-Hummel, will require every licensed foster home or residential bed, to be entered into a single system, regardless of which Child Placing Agency (CPA) sponsors the home. Additionally, this system will capture placement abilities and characteristics.
“The Placement Matching System will allow the state to have real-time data on the children in care, which we have desperately needed for some time. Adding the Placement Matching System is truly a transformative initiative. The system will help keep children in their home communities, which is critical to timely permanency, and it will help save State resources,” DCF Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel said. “Five Points Technology has vital experience in creating integrated, child welfare systems, and I am excited to begin working with them to help meet the needs of Kansas children and families. “
Five Points Technology, Inc., has 20 years of experience in integrating and creating custom technology solutions for government agencies, non-profit companies and health and human service organizations. They have created and implemented similar products in four states and 10 child welfare agencies. Overall, they have vast experience collaborating with multiple stakeholders in a child welfare system, with clients in 15 states across the nation.
When a child is in need of placement, the Placement Matching System will look at all open, licensed beds, that meet a child’s needs in a given zip code, and it will provide the top three to five placements. If these placements don’t work, the search criteria will be expanded until placement is found. DCF will monitor this system to ensure children’s needs are being met, and they are remaining in their home communities, when possible. If a provider doesn’t select the top-rated placement option, they will be required to explain why other choices are in the best interest of the child.
“The Placement Matching System contract, along with the new child welfare grants, will allow the State of Kansas to change the landscape of child welfare by putting quality care, real-time data and the children and families of Kansas first,” Governor Jeff Colyer said.
Collaboration on the Placement Matching System will begin in January 2019 and will become effective, July 1, 2019.