HHS gives $3.6 million to American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) for the national expansion of an Internet based demonstration project that placed foster children with families much sooner and at substantial savings
HHS’ Admin. on Children & Youth wants APHSA to enlarge the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise from the six states it is operating in to a national system.
The NEICE is a Web-based electronic case-processing system that supports the administration of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) by exchanging data and documents across state jurisdictions. It increases the safe placement of foster children with appropriate families. When fully implemented, it will also save states potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in administrative costs and staff time, ACF says.
“The Children’s Bureau is very excited about the potential of the NEICE to quicken the safe and timely placement of children across the 52 ICPC jurisdictions and for the potential to operate with other related key systems that provide services for and to children and families.” said JooYeun Chang, associate commissioner of the Children’s Bureau.
The NEICE was piloted in six states over 17 months with significant results. Since its launch in August 2014, over 6,000 children from those six states were entered into the system. Almost 4,000 children received ICPC placement decisions. The reduction in the time in those placements by using the electronic system versus the antiquated paper copy process was up to 40%.
The NEICE is also helping enable states to exchange data by acting as a translator of that data. NEICE sends data from one state to another nearly instantly and could one day serve as a framework for additional data sharing efforts within human service programs.