The first major project for Walter R. McDonald & Associates (now WRMA) was creating a national child welfare and juvenile justice prototype system. Child Welfare League of America, Inc. (CWLA) convened a national planning committee that included WRMA to complete a study of the current state-of-the-art child welfare and juvenile justice operating systems. Following the study, the committee assessed the practicality and feasibility of creating a requirement-based national model. WRMA’s prototype was selected to become the Child and Youth Centered Information System (CYCIS).
WRMA performed the design, development, and implementation of CYCIS under contract to CYSTEMS, a private, nonprofit corporation established by the CWLA, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the American Public Welfare Association. The system serves as both a child abuse and neglect registry and a complete child case tracking and management information system.
WRMA and its partners continually modify and enhance CYCIS to take advantage of programmatic and technical advances in automated case management and client/server computing. To date, CYCIS has been fully implemented in the states of Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Delaware; Erie County, Pennsylvania; Marion County, Indiana; and in a half dozen private, nonprofit agencies. In addition, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, and Utah have participated in specific phases of the CYCIS development, and a number of these states have implemented various CYCIS components or functions.