The Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) manages the Child Support Enforcement Program and fields thousands of calls per month related to child support services. Independent call center operations across counties led to inconsistent policy and practices as well as difficulty tracking staff performance. Active Network now handles all calls related to child support enforcement issues for 22 counties.
With each of the state’s counties operating their own Child Support Call Center, there were inconsistent policies and practices throughout the State, resulting in a lack of quality standards for measuring the performance of the DHR staff. Also, each county managed the Call Center process using a DOS-based legacy Child Support Enforcement System (CSES) that was more than 30 years old. With this system, the state was unable to track the number of work order requests received, number of calls handled, or the management and outcome of cases being handled by each county.
In 2001, Maryland’s Department of Budget and Management (DBM) issued a request for proposal seeking a Maryland-based contractor to provide comprehensive contact center and call center services to state agencies. Requirements included having the location, facilities, contact center infrastructure, and technical expertise to sustain and grow these services. Any agency would be able to use the Call/Contact Center Services Master Contract Vehicle to quickly find a solution to their customer service problem. The DHR issued a task order for call/ contact center services related to receiving and managing constituents’ calls for information and assistance on Child Support Enforcement. InfoSpherix, now part of Active Network, was awarded the contract.
Call center services first went operational for Baltimore County and Montgomery County in February 2001, and have now expanded to 22 counties. The call center is serviced by dedicated CSRs who can access callers’ information, such as case history, court dates, and payment summaries through the DHR’s CSES database. Additional services and technology development that Active provides include:
Since 2001, Active Network has fielded more than 5.5 million calls. By leveraging Active’s expertise and “best practices” knowledge, the DHR has benefited from improved constituent service levels, as well as greater access to call center data. The DHR now has access to such information as
“I am writing this letter to commend your unit, the “Call Center”, specifically Rashida, for outstanding performance. Rashida, in the Call Center, is one of the most courteous, capable, and efficient staff members that I can recall ever communicating with from your office. Although our encounter was only a brief telephone conversation, Rashida proficiently addressed all of my concerns… Please thank Rashida for me and encourage her to continue doing an excellent job.”
– Karen R., D.D.S.