Implementing West Virginia’s Safety Assessment Management System (SAMS)

The West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources Bureau for Children & Families (BCF) partnered with the Atlantic Coast Child Welfare Implementation Center (ACCWIC) and the National Resource Center for Child Protective Services (NRCCPS) to design and implement a new Child Protective Services (CPS) model.  The new model is an integrated safety system called the West Virginia Safety Assessment and Management System (SAMS).

SAMS seeks to achieve an improved system of safety intervention based on consistent standards; focused and efficient information collection; and a family centered approach that will improve caregiver and family functioning and increase child safety, permanency, and well-being. SAMS will fundamentally change how CPS is provided in West Virginia by focusing services more on safety and the protective capacities of caregivers, while strengthening family engagement.

West Virginia has implemented both the front-end and on-going pieces of SAMS statewide.  SAMS significantly transformed not only how the state conducts child protective services intake and investigations, but also how the state serves children and families with open in-home and foster care cases.

After completing a detailed sustainability planning process and a preliminary outcome evaluation, ACCWIC completed their engagement with West Virginia on September 30, 2012.