Expediting the placement of children in safe, permanent families across state lines
and reducing administrative paperwork and costs
What is NEICE?
The National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise is a cloud-based electronic system for exchanging the data and documents needed to place children across state lines as outlined by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). Launched in November 2013 as a pilot project with six states, NEICE significantly shortened the time it takes to place children across state lines, and saved participating states thousands of dollars in mailing and copying costs.
At this time, the NEICE project is expanding nationwide, with the goal of serving all states. This national map shows implementation progress. Interested states should email Marci Roth at email@example.com. Every participating state must sign the NEICE MOU which will also be signed by APHSA.
What are the expected results?
The NEICE pilot significantly shortened processing times and reduced administrative costs for the participating states. It is expected that NEICE will shorten timelines and decrease costs even further as it is implemented throughout the rest of the country.
There are two ways to connect to NEICE:
There is a $25,000 annual service fee to access NEICE. This covers maintenance, technical assistance, server and administrative costs.* Until May 2018, APHSA has resources to cover the technical assistance and training support to bring a state onto NEICE.
What NEICE Means for Child Welfare
NEICE allows child welfare workers to communicate and provide timely updates to courts, relevant private service providers, and families awaiting placement. Additionally, NEICE improves accountability and transparency of all parties involved in the child welfare process (caseworkers, compact administrators, attorneys, judges, Court Appointed Special Advocates [CASA], etc.).
The six jurisdictions involved in the pilot were: the District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Nevada, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. WRMA conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the project, including assessing overall impact and efficiency.
In May 2015, the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and the Association of Administrators for the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (AAICPC) received a cooperative agreement from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Children's Bureau (CB) to expand NEICE nationwide. NEICE will bring on 12 new states between June 2015 and May 2016, and additional states in 2017 and 2018, with the goal of having all 50 states, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands using the system by the end of the grant in May 2018.
Not only can NEICE send data from one state to another in real time, the system could one day serve as a framework for additional data sharing efforts within human service programs and with external supporting programs. As part of the grant awarded by ACF in May, NEICE is charged with creating the infrastructure to connect to state child abuse registries and to Medicaid systems to help confirm eligibility for youth who age out of foster care.
With its highly secure search function, NEICE could one day be used by other public entities working to keep children safe, such as law enforcement agencies tackling tough issues such as human trafficking.
The technical vendor for NEICE is the Tetrus Corporation. When developing NEICE, the Tetrus team used the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) standards to create an Information Exchange Packet Document (IEPD) "guide" on how to structure and code the data needed by the NEICE system to improve the ICPC process. NEICE is one of the first human service software platforms to have created an IEPD to serve as a data translator and interpreter across systems. As such, it can be expanded to allow all states to participate without the need for creating specific interfaces between each state and has the potential to link to other human service information systems, reducing development costs.
Rather than developing separate NEICE applications for each of the pilot states, NEICE was built as a web-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. This model allows for centralized changes to the system, rather than having to test and roll out changes in each pilot state. This design enhances cost efficiency and facilitates national expansion.
Who is involved?
In addition to APHSA, AAICPC and the Children's Bureau, several organizations and six states are working on the NEICE project.
Additional information and resources
For more information, contact: Marci Roth, NEICE project director, firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) project is operated by the American Public Health Services Association (APHSA) with the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC) and is made possible by grant number 90XA0151 from the Children’s Bureau. The contents of this summary are solely the responsibility of APHSA, AAICPC and the participating states, and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Children’s Bureau, ACYF, ACF, or HHS. July 2015.
*States should consult with the Children's Bureau regarding submission of fees and any SACWIS development costs to the Children's Bureau for partial reimbursement under IVE or SACWIS claiming procedures.