Thursday, June 19, 2008

CDCR Strategic Offender Management System Project will Automate and Streamline Information Sharing

Agency begins procurement of a project to consolidate more than 25 existing offender data systems

SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced today the kick off of the procurement phase of a multimillion-dollar effort to automate and streamline offender data systems. The Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS) project will consolidate existing databases and records to provide a fully automated system and replace manual paper processes. This project will upgrade and standardize adult and juvenile data and population management practices enterprise-wide to further enhance staff, offender and public safety.

"This exciting initiative will revolutionize the process for sharing and utilizing offender data, and will significantly improve offender management processes. The project that we are launching will streamline the dozens of databases and record keeping mechanisms currently in place, and replace multiple existing inmate and parole systems with a single integrated solution," said Leisa Rackelmann, SOMS Project Director. "The system will include both adult and juvenile systems under CDCR's jurisdiction."

The SOMS project will consolidate more than 25 existing databases to create a more effective management system. This will enable program administrators, correctional counselors, officers, parole agents, and other staff to access information about an offender instantly, regardless of the offender's location within the system.

Combining database systems in youth facilities, prisons and parole regions will also lead to a higher level of continuity of rehabilitation and other programming for the offenders when they transition from custody into the community. Coordinating offender information, risk and needs assessments, case management plans, and other data into a streamlined system will allow custody and programs staff to manage the offender population better, and should help offenders to be more successful once they leave the system.

CDCR and the California Prison Healthcare Receivership (CPR) will partner and work collaboratively to procure and implement SOMS. The Request for Proposal (RFP) to select the overall solution and implementation vendor partner was released Wednesday, June 18, 2008 to initiate the procurement process. The procurement process is estimated to be completed in six to nine months.

A request for the RFP can be found at the following link:

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