Lawmakers to be briefed on problem-plagued system

Associated Press

Lansing — Michigan officials are preparing to update lawmakers on a problem-plagued computer system that is intended to aid child welfare efforts.

A House budget subcommittee has scheduled a Tuesday hearing.

The federal government requires the computer system for all states. Michigan launched its version about 10 months ago, but state workers have complained it is clunky and slowing down payments to foster parents.

Problems with the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS) may impact how long the Michigan Department of Human Services remains under federal oversight on child welfare issues.

A national advocacy group that successfully sued Michigan has said introducing an effective data platform is a key aspect of improving the state’s child welfare system.