It’s All About Mitigating Risk – Technology Plans and Accreditation

Every successful organization needs a comprehensive, carefully planned, effective risk management program; one that not only focuses on risks related to finances, insurance levels, human resource practices, etc., but includes a thorough review of information and technology management risks.  This is true whether an organization is seeking accreditation or not, as there is always risk involved when talking about technology. One component to help control risk and plan for future organizational growth is the development of a formal written information … Continue reading

Pro-active Measures to Keep Cyber Criminals Out

I have the perfect 100% guarantee to protect your information systems from ANY cyber-attack. You will pay me handsomely for my solution too. Here it is: Cut the power cord on your PC and bury everything in concrete. Problem solved! Ha, hack that hackers! Although this drastic measure is theoretically effective, it’s obviously a non-starter. However, the idea does illustrate a greater and more important point: if your systems are powered up and connected in some way to the Internet, … Continue reading

Electronic Record Systems and Accreditation

Electronic record systems have become the option of choice for many providers. The single most obvious benefit, clearly, is that consumer records are maintained consistently in a clear, complete, and legible manner. When considering organizational productivity and operations, the use of an electronic record system offers several features that can greatly enhance efficiencies and will help support your operational systems: Reminders surrounding due dates such as progress notes, case plan reviews, and reviews surrounding client rights Monitoring of accountability in … Continue reading

Where to Start and What to Post: Social Media for Non-Profit Organizations

There’s no denying social media’s impact on our everyday lives.  It’s difficult to go through a day without hearing about social media at our jobs, in our homes, on the news.  However, despite the pervasiveness of this phenomenon, it wasn’t until recently that many charitable organizations began to realize the importance of having a social media presence and have taken the steps to become part of that world. Unlike direct mail campaigns or galas, the use of social media can … Continue reading

Planning for a new software purchase

When looking for software to assist social services, one has to be careful on how the task is approached because the initial way the search done can dictate the success of the whole process, including events as far out as implementation and use of the software. So before beginning a search, keep the following key elements in mind. 1. Make sure that the software which is being investigated would not completely overhaul the organization’s workflows, processes and practices. Sometimes choosing … Continue reading

The CWLA Experience

Last week I attended the Child Welfare League of America’s (CWLA) National Conference in Washington, DC as an exhibitor. The title of the conference was “Making Children a Priority: Leading Change” and was attended by more than 700 CEOs, directors, social workers, and other leaders in the fields of adoption, foster care and other child welfare services. While fewer people attended this year than previously due to many states restricting travel for Department of Children and Families’ employees, people routinely … Continue reading