Statewide Automated Welfare System (SAWS)
What Is SAWS?
The Statewide Automated Welfare System (SAWS) Project is the automation of county welfare business processes in California. The approach currently includes three county-level consortia welfare systems and a state-level database to track Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)/California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) time on aid. SAWS supports six core programs: CalWORKs, SNAP (known as CalFresh in California), Medi-Cal, Foster Care, Refugee Assistance, and County Medical Services. It encompasses the following functions: eligibility determination, benefit computation, benefit delivery, case management and information management. Based on individual consortium business requirements, other programs or functions may be included in a consortium system.
The components of the SAWS Project are:
- CalWORKs Information Network (CalWIN)
- Consortium IV (C-IV)
- LEADER Replacement System (LRS)