WIC in Vermont
Welcome to Vermont WIC!
Vermont WIC has initiated an implementation project to bring WIC services up to 21st century standards. Following a multi-year planning process, Vermont WIC will transfer and install the Mountain Plains State Consortium (MPSC) management information system (MIS) to replace the current 35-year-old mainframe MIS. Vermont WIC will also phase out home delivery of WIC food benefits and implement online electronic benefits transfer (EBT), allowing WIC families to shop for their food benefits in WIC authorized retail grocery stores.
This page is a resource for WIC staff, WIC families, retail grocers and the public to learn more about this exciting project. Visit us often as updates and new information will be posted regularly.
- Project Updates
- Project Schedule
- Technical Information
- Information for Retail Grocers
- Questions and Answers
- Readiness Coordinator Network
October 2013 Update
We are pleased to announce that the Procurement phase for our MIS and EBT Implementation Project is complete!
- MIS Contractor – CIBER, Inc.
Ciber developed the Mountain Plains States Consortium’s MIS (an FNS State Agency Model, or SAM system) to be transferred to Vermont WIC. Ciber will also develop the “interface” to allow the MPSC MIS to work with our online EBT system. Once the MPSC MIS is installed in Vermont by Ciber, the MIS, which Vermont WIC has named “Ceres,” will be hosted, operated and supported by state personnel. Ciber also maintains a relationship with the Mountain Plains consortium to develop enhancements to the MIS for implementation by state WIC members of the MPSC User Group, which has been formed by states using the MPSC system.
- EBT Contractor – JP Morgan Chase
JP Morgan Chase is one of the earliest developers and operators of online SNAP EBT as well as WIC EBT systems. Already developed and operating online EBT for Cherokee Nation, OK, and other WIC agencies using the SPIRITSAM MIS. They are currently working on the pilot and roll-out of online EBT for Oregon WIC as well. JPMC will assist Vermont WIC, grocers, IT vendors and third-party processors in implementing the JPMC U-Card online WIC EBT system, and will also host and operate the system for Vermont WIC under contract.
The Quality Assurance contractor, Dynamics Research Corporation (DRC) is already at work with Vermont WIC, developing the tools and plans for monitoring and supporting implementation.
Vermont WIC was the first state agency to be granted permission from FNS for a simultaneous implementation of a new MIS and WIC EBT. This reflected their confidence in our project’s early pre-planning work, which all of the contractors and the state’s own IT project external reviewer have also praised. It’s our intention to carry on the rigorous project management model we’ve used in the past to oversee and coordinate the work of the contractors, and the preparation by WIC personnel to adopt these new technologies.
The Implementation planning phase for the project commenced in earnest in October. The Kick-Off Meeting for the project was scheduled for November 13th and 14th in Burlington. Our scheduled pilot kick-off in May 2015may seem like a long time from now, but there is much to accomplish by then. The State Project Manager has already identified over 3000 discreet tasks to be accomplished, and over200 stakeholders to be engaged in this project.
If you have questions about the project, please be in touch with us by email at email@example.com.
- Feasibility Study & Alternatives Analysis - MIS
- Feasibility Study & Alternatives Analysis - EBT
- Implementation Advanced Planning Document - Combined MIS & EBT
- Implementation Task Matrix - SOV, QA, T&I, EBT
- MIS & EBT Security Document
- WIC MIS & EBT Functional Requirements ~ updated 7/24/2012
Technical Information for Grocers
- WIC EBT Techical Implementation Guide
- FNS Test Scripts for On-line WIC EBT
- ECR-POS Systems Certified for WIC EBT
WIC EBT Seminars for Vermont Grocers
- What is WIC EBT?
- Online and Offline WIC EBT
- National UPC Database and WIC EBT
- Profile of Vermont WIC and Approved Products List
Seminars are in WMV format
The Readiness Coordinator Network are WIC staff members from each District Health Office who have volunteered to help their colleagues and WIC participants understand and prepare for the changes that will come with the new WIC information system and the migration from home delivery to WIC EBT. If you want to learn more about these changes and help spread the word, contact your RCN member.
|Barre||Courtney Pletzer||(802) 479-8564|
|Bennington||Sheilah Printz||(802) 447-6411|
|Brattleboro||Dawn Gragen||(802) 251-2103|
|Burlington||Wendy Needham||(802) 951-0060|
|Middlebury||Jeffrey Heath||(802) 388-5740|
|Morrisville||Lynne Bortree||(802) 888-1356|
|Newport||Lorri Lepage||(802) 334-4389|
|Newport||Betty Trucott||(802) 334-3321|
|Rutland||Bonny Lee||(802) 786-5105|
|St. Albans||Andrea Miller||(802) 527-5588|
|St. Albans||Gillian Marchessault||(802) 524-7971|
|St. Johnsbury||Nicole Churchill||(802) 748-0172|
|Springfield||Deanna Wilbur||(802) 885-8929|
|White River Jct||Maria Ahearn-Hutchinson||(802) 281-5022|
|WIC Central||Lynne Bortree||(802) 652-4186|
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Page updated 12/2/2013