SAWS stands for the Statewide Automated Welfare System. For many decades, California counties have used one of three different technology software systems for eligibility determination and benefits calculation, CalWIN, C-IV, and LRS. The SAWS systems include a number of ancillary services, such as document imaging, online public portals, and contact center software that connect with each county’s SAWS system. 在CalSAWS Project网站上找到更多信息。
California counties worked in partnership with State Health and Human Services departments and the federal government to consolidate the existing three consortia systems and functionality into one single system: California Statewide Automated Welfare System (CalSAWS). This consolidation heavily leveraged existing investments in technology rather than building a new system. （根据“ SAWS利益相关方参与”登录页面。） As of October 31, 2023, all 58 counties are using CalSAWS and the public-facing BenefitsCal 网站。
More information is available in this blog post from our partner, Western Center on Law and Poverty.
The Advocates group established our initial priorities in 2018, focusing on consumer needs and the role of Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) as benefits assisters in the social services ecosystem.
Over time, our priorities have remained focused on the needs of consumers and CBO assisters. One of the main focus areas has been the development of the public-facing website, BenefitsCal, which serves as the primary portal for consumer and CBO engagement. Priorities in this area have centered around equity for historically marginalized groups in the development of technology, reducing the burden for clients to submit information.
Mission Statement: We are advocates and entities who envision a CalSAWS development and implementation that (1) maximizes ease of use for program applicants and beneficiaries, community-based organizations, and eligibility workers, (2) protects consumer rights; and (3) promotes continuous program improvement.
The California Association of Food Banks co-leads the CalSAWS Advocates Group, which meets regularly to develop recommendations and strategies for the various forums that support advocate engagement in the SAWS Migration and implementation, including:
Migration to BenefitsCal Timeline
Every county in California has transitioned to BenefitsCal.
Interested in applying for CalFresh, Medical, and more? Visit BenefitsCal.
Interested in learning more or getting involved?:
Request to be added to the Advocates group, the User Center Design list, and/or the CalSAWS stakeholder meeting list.
订阅 to CalSAWS project updates, including updates about BenefitsCal.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Do you have clients who do not use email who can participate in User-Centered Design conversations about the types of alternative account creation methods that might work for them on BenefitsCal? Please email Jennifer@JennTracy.com to be connected to the User Design team.
Are you interested in joining the speaker’s bureau to provide public comment on your experience as a CBO using BenefitsCal at a CalSAWS meeting? 电子邮件 Jennifer@JennTracy.com 欲获得更多信息。
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