This article is more for administrators than houseparents, unless you know your facility is looking for case/information management software in which case pass this on to your administration.
Measuring outcomes, keeping records and managing the piles of information that has to be reported to social workers, licensing agencies and even board members is becoming more and more important in modern residential care. Many agencies are discovering the flat paper file is not the best way to manage information and are turning to computer based systems.
I have been helping my agency look at different systems and have looked at some very good ones. However, the problem with most of them was that they are so far out of our agencies budget we will never be able to implement any of them. I am pretty sure there are other agencies out there like ours that can’t afford many of those systems. The good thing for us and for them is that there may be an alternative.
Back in 2005 I posted about an Open Source Case Management System called Freemed-YiRC, yesterday the developer of that package released a new updated version.
Freemed-YiRC is a software project which provides a fully-integrated, web-based, secure, modular, and customizable web-based product capable of providing Child Caring/Residential Care/Foster Care agencies with a fully functional internal case management/information management system.
Freemed-YiRC is FREE/OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE.
- The software/source code is freely available for download from the FMYiRC site.
- Freemed-YiRC is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL)
- In short, the GPL states that you are allowed to freely download, use, copy, and modify this software.
I am still fairly early in my research of this system and there is a lot I still don’t know so there isn’t a lot of information I can give. However, there is a great deal of documentation as well as a live demo available on their website. For those facilities that don’t have the technical expertise to implement it themselves or need modifications done the publisher is available for consultation and programing. He can be contacted through the website.