Welfare Data Tracking Implementation Project

The Welfare Data Tracking Implementation Project (WDTIP) is a statewide welfare time-on-aid tracking and reporting system which is accessible to the county welfare eligibility workers through the Department of Health Care Services, Medi-Cal Eligibility Data System (MEDS). WDTIP eliminates the need for counties to manually contact other counties outside their respective consortia system and/or other states to obtain information relative to the TANF 60-month and CalWORKs 48-month time limitations for time-on-aid by providing eligibility workers an automated tool from which they can obtain up-to-date information for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) applicants and recipients. WDTIP is the interface system within the existing county consortia State Automated Welfare Systems (SAWS).

The scope of the WDTIP system was defined by Department of Social Services (CDSS) and county staff in the fall of 1999 in two major planning sessions: a Joint Requirements Planning Session and a Joint Application Design Session.

The time-on-aid data in WDTIP was designed so that WDTIP would mirror a consortia’s time-on-aid information. Following a one-time county conversion to WDTIP, time-on-aid data is downloaded by each consortium; via nightly batch runs, so that the data stays in sync. The WDTIP system is housed by the Department of Technology Services in Sacramento, California, and the maintenance and operations is provided by the state staff that works closely with the CDSS and the counties.

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