Feature Roadmap

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The Binti feature roadmap provides estimated release timeline and descriptions for recently launched and upcoming features. You can also filter the roadmap by both feature status and by functionality tags. Note: this is a living document and will change as we make progress and adapt to the needs of users.

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  • Licensing
  • Placements
  • Case Management
  • Platform (API, Integrations, Permissions)

Licensing

Licensing streamlines the process for both families and workers, helping approve more families more quickly.
Our roadmap includes a number of features that improve performance and scale. To increase Binti's flexibility and accommodate additional use-cases, we're building functionality to allow for application track switching, movement of adults in and out of homes, and tagging of families by agency-defined groups. On the applicant side, we're working on enabling applicants to see their final license document, and we're launching functionality that gives case workers the capability to see more of what an applicant sees. Underneath the hood, we're doing significant rewiring and building in optimizations that will make dashboards load faster.
tags
Status
Feature
Status
Tag(s)
Feature Availability
Add phone number validation to increase data quality

Recently Shipped

  • Data Quality
Binti-wide

Adds phone number validation to improve data quality in this key field.

Allow workers to mark certain families as `confidential` to protect their privacy

Recently Shipped

  • Data Quality
  • Privacy & Security
Binti-wide

Allows agencies to mark families as confidential to hide/restrict sensitive family data when needed.

Allow applicants to self-withdraw from the application to save case worker time

Recently Shipped

  • Efficiency
Configurable by Agency

Many applicants realize on their own that they are not ready to continue the foster application process (life changes coming up, or simply that they applied too early). Case workers don’t know this and continue to contact them, in a time consuming and often fruitless effort. If an agency wants to allow it, this feature now empowers users to be able to take action on their own applications.

Assign documents an expiration date for easier action tracking

Recently Shipped

  • Data Quality
  • Easier Accountability
  • Efficiency
Configurable by Agency

Documents that expire and may need action, such as a drivers licence, can now be marked with their expiry date. Reminders are then sent to the applicants to renew these documents as required.

Track reasons for delayed approval for greater accountability

Recently Shipped

  • Data Quality
  • Easier Accountability
  • Reporting
Configurable by Agency

Enables case workers to enter an explanation when an application is behind schedule. If an applying family is not approved within 90 days of an emergency placement, Binti will prompt workers to enter delay reason codes, which can then be analyzed in reports for greater accountability and practice improvements.

Add dedicated page for Edit Application Status that allows for increased security and visibility into history

Recently Shipped

  • Privacy & Security
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Previously, changing an application’s status was combined with all other edit application tasks, making it complicated and easy to make mistakes. Now, edit application status has its own dedicated page; case workers can now complete this task and view all history of status changes in one place.

Allow workers to move families between different application types and tracks in Binti, without having to repeat already-fulfilled requirements

In Progress

  • Configurability
  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Updates the way we recognize requirements as being “fulfilled” to reduce repetition for applicants and enable more flexibility. For example, once a driver’s licence is uploaded by an applicant, it will automatically be recognized on other applications, renewals and new application tracks (e.g., between relative vs. community vs. foster vs. adoption). This enables applicants to switch between different application types more easily. This release will include an updated end-user view for Documents and the ability for agencies to transfer a family between application templates.

Create a self-service interface that allows workers to easily add and remove people from a home

In Progress

  • Configurability
  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Launches a new page for workers to update household composition, including the ability to convert a co-applicant to an “other adult in the home”. This launch will include permissions granularity on who specifically can execute this task (agency workers).

Remove default data assumptions in `language` and `application type` fields, to ensure that default values don’t accidentally get submitted

Recently Shipped

  • Data Quality
Binti-wide

Updates the `language` field in Binti so that it does not assume English is the primary language. Also updates the `application type` field so that is does not assume applicant type is “community family”. Primary language is now mandatory to approve an application, because this data is critical for matching children with families.

Notify families once their license is approved and available and allow them to access/download it in their Family Portal

2022 - Planned

  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Enables applicant(s) to download their license document in the Family Portal, and will notify applicant(s) when they are approved.

Allow workers to assign specific, one-off forms to an applicant (e.g., corrective action plans or change-of-address)

2022 - Planned

  • Configurability
  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Enables a licensing worker to assign a specific form or set of forms to an applicant. These ad-hoc forms can be used to complete paperwork for changes in address, corrective action plans, etc.

Make the Binti website load faster for workers and families

2022 - Planned

  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Reduce load times on the Binti applications dashboard to improve overall usability.

Allow agency workers to filter and report on families within agency-defined custom groups (e.g., within a specific office, region or program)

2023 - First Up

  • Configurability
  • Easier Accountability
  • Efficiency
  • Reporting
Configurable by Agency

Builds tagging functionality that allows agencies to tag families into custom groups. Agencies will be able to use these tags to filter dashboards and reports. Examples of custom family assignments / views include categorization by specific offices, regions, or programs.

Give workers the ability to see a realtime view of what a family/applicant sees when they login to Binti, in order to better assist stuck applicants

2023 - First Up

  • Easier Accountability
  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Configurable by Agency

Creates the ability for agency workers to see what an applicant sees, to assist with troubleshooting, walkthrough, or training needs.

Launch a more intuitive Background Check page to save worker time and expedite approval of applicants

2023 - First Up

  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Updates the way background checks are tracked and displayed in Binti to improve overall usability.

Ongoing improvements to make the Binti website load faster for workers and families

2023 - First Up

  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Continue reducing load times on the Binti applications dashboard to improve overall usability.

Allow agencies to customize Licensing emails for families

2023 - First Up

  • Communications
  • Configurability
  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Configurable by Agency

Allows agencies to customize Licensing emails for families.

Placements

Placements helps social workers find the best possible placement for a child. 

Our roadmap is centered around features that make the search process intuitive and easy, with a focus on reducing placement disruptions, keeping siblings together, and keeping children in communities of origin. Some highlights: in-app communication tools that allow workers to quickly contact families about children needing placement, and an expansion of the family portal to support efforts toward targeted recruitment.

tags
Status
Feature
Status
Tag(s)
Feature Availability
Make required fields in Placement Periods to ensure high quality data

Recently Shipped

  • Data Quality
  • Easier Accountability
Binti-wide

Placement Periods now require that every field is filled out, and require that dates of placement do not overlap with any other placements for the same child. This helps to ensure that placements data is accurate and reliable.

Allow workers to mark children that were referred to their agency but not placed with their agency so that they can more clearly differentiate children that are still awaiting placement vs are no longer awaiting placement

Recently Shipped

  • Data Quality
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Adds the ability to mark children as “Not in agency care” so that they will no longer appear on the “Awaiting Placement” tab.

Improve the process for workers to track that a child has been placed with a caregiver on an emergency basis prior to approval, including adding a separate page for this workflow and making it easy to get to from across the application

Recently Shipped

  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Licensing workers now have a better workflow for recording placements with applicants prior to their approval. All of these placements will appear in the Placements module as well, so all workers have visiblity into these placements.

Add more inclusive gender options and a `sex assigned at birth` field for children

Recently Shipped

  • Data Quality
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Adds more robust options for Gender and added a new field for Sex Assigned at Birth for children.

Expand new options for ‘Placement types’ for private agencies including placement in congregate care and with relatives

Recently Shipped

  • Data Quality
Binti-wide

Private agencies can now make placements with specific placement types that used to only be available for public agencies. Types include Congregate Care, Placements with Relatives, and more.

Add Child History table to give agencies a log of every change made to that child’s information over time and who made it

Recently Shipped

  • Easier Accountability
  • Efficiency
  • Reporting
Binti-wide

At the bottom of the Child Data page, there is now a table that shows all changes to the child’s data, including the date the change was made, and the name of the worker who made the change.

Allow administrators with specific access in agencies to adjust past records of child placements to make corrections to data

Recently Shipped

  • Data Quality
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Agency admins are now able to delete historical Placement Periods. This has been especially helpful as a number of agencies are working on cleaning their data and removing duplicate placements.

Enable workers to send custom bulk and individual SMS messages to families related to the placement of children from within Binti

In Progress

  • Communications
  • Configurability
  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Enables workers to send SMS messages to families, and get responses from those families on their own phone. All conversations will be tracked automatically in Call Logs.

Enable workers to customize bulk and individual emails to families related to the placement of children from within Binti

In Progress

  • Communications
  • Configurability
  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Enables workers to send customized emails to families, and get responses from those families on their own email. All conversations will be tracked automatically in Call Logs.

Allow workers to add multiple phone numbers for each family to Binti

In Progress

  • Communications
  • Configurability
  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Workers can visit a new Contact Information page where they can add and manage multiple phone numbers.

Automatically record SMS messages and email communications with families as to streamline the documentation of effort put into placement searches

In Progress

  • Communications
  • Data Quality
  • Easier Accountability
  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Automatically records SMS messages and email communications with families. Streamline the documentation of effort put into placement searches.

Enable families to express their own preferences for children in the family portal in Binti

In Progress

  • Data Quality
  • Easier Accountability
  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Allows families to express their own preferences for placements in Binti, and allow workers to review and override the child preferences that families enter. Our goal is to get excellent and up-to-date preference data into Binti, so that workers can make informed decisions during the search process.

Improve `Close Application` workflow by adding a direct link to close placement for applications that still have open placements

2022 - Planned

  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

When a worker attempts to close an application that still has an open placement, this feature gives the worker a convenient link to the Placement they need to close.

New homepage for Placements workers centered around key information and action items (e.g., active searches, missing data, children in extended congregate care placements)

2022 - Planned

  • Easier Accountability
  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Introduces a new home page for workers that highlights active placement searches, children who have been in congregate care for an extended period, and placement preference data that needs to be reviewed.

Enable workers to search for the best families open to adoption for a child within Binti (includes simultaneous search functionality more robust family adoption preferences, and better adoption matching criteria)

2023 - First Up

  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Adds new features to help assist in searching for a good permanent home for a child, including: ability to run multiple simultaneous searches for a child (adoptions search, placement search, and respite search), more robust preferences for families interested in adoptions, and better matching criteria for children whose permanency plan is adoption.

Enable partner agencies to work with parent agencies seamlessly in Placements

2023 - First Up

  • Configurability
  • Data Quality
  • Easier Accountability
Binti-wide

Enables partner agencies to make referrals, share information about children, and work together to find great placements.

Show more granular household composition and availability (e.g., bedrooms, other adults/children in home) to enable more targeted search

2023 - First Up

  • Data Quality
  • Easier Accountability
  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Instead of simply showing “Availability” to workers, this feature introduces more granular household composition data collection, including bedrooms, other adults in the home, and other children in the home.

Show families how their preferences compare to real foster child population, to encourage expansion of preferences and increase chance of placement

2023 - First Up

  • Easier Accountability
  • Efficiency
Binti-wide

In the family portal, show families how their preferences match up to the real demographics of children in need of care. This feature can be used to suggest they expand their preferences, as applicable.

Reporting on placement disruption that highlights children and families who have frequent/multiple disruptions

2023 - First Up

  • Easier Accountability
  • Efficiency
  • Reporting
Binti-wide

Adds a report to show the rate at which children are removed and placed again after their initial placement. This helps highlight specific children who have experienced multiple disruptions, and families with frequent disruptions.

Case Management

Case Management supports children, families, and social workers in optimizing the time-in-care experience with minimal administrative overhead.

Our roadmap includes a number of highly requested key features, including: tracking of services for children and families, improving the flow of documentation for both workers and families, comprehensive reporting, and finance/billing features that allow agencies to invoice counties and states while paying resource parents.

tags
Status
Feature
Status
Tag(s)
Feature Availability
Allow caseworkers to easily track, complete, and sign all required documents for a child

Recently Shipped

  • Easier Accountability
  • Efficiency
Configurable by Agency

Creates an easily accessible page in Binti that records and tracks all the required documents overdue or due in the next two months for a child. Caseworkers and supervisors can view these documents, fill online or upload, and sign directly online.

Required documents can now be configured by the child’s age, level of care, or program. Required documents are created on a set schedule based on different trigger dates such as date child joined agency, date of placement, discharge date, and date joined program. Requirement documents can be one-time or recurring.

Time-saving enhancements for online fillable required documents

Recently Shipped

  • Easier Accountability
  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Adds the option to pre-populate answers for online fillable required documents from our robust data model as well as previous documents for that child. This will help workers save time for answers that have not changed (e.g., names of medications etc.).

Enables supervisors and social workers to compare answers from a previous version of a required document (e.g., how visits went this week with the bio family) to ensure consistency across documents.

Enables required documentation for siblings to be filled out simultaneously saving social worker from entering duplicate information.

Add ability to create one-off events & documents for a child

Recently Shipped

  • Configurability
  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Configurable by Agency

Introduces ability for caseworkers to add one-off events & documentation needed on an ad-hoc basis (e.g., a child had to go to the ER for food poisoning).

Create a shareable profile of children in care for current foster families

Recently Shipped

  • Easier Accountability
  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Creates a child profile in Binti that is shared across the worker and foster families (and in the future, biological families and youth). The child profile has key information about the child including medical history, allergies, and education information. This ensures families have a record of the child before/during care.

Allow caseworkers to easily track, log and bill services provided to children and families

Recently Shipped

  • Configurability
  • Easier Accountability
  • Efficiency
  • Reporting
Configurable by Agency

Enables the ability for caseworkers to add services – both one-time and recurring – for children and foster parents/applicants. Services are configured for each agency specifically.

In addition, there is an aggregate report of all services across an agency including information about cost, frequency, and usage of said services.

Create a foster parent payments & county/state billing report

Recently Shipped

  • Configurability
  • Easier Accountability
  • Efficiency
  • Reporting
Configurable by Agency

Delivers a comprehensive billing report that reflects both the amount paid to foster parents as well as the amount billed to the county. This is based on an agency specific rate table and the placement data in Binti. Rate tables can contain rates that vary by a child’s level of care, age, referring agency, and respite. 

Enhance the foster parent payments & county/state billing report to include additional functionality

In Progress

  • Configurability
  • Easier Accountability
  • Efficiency
  • Reporting
  • UX Improvement
Configurable by Agency

Adds additional features to the payments report, including creating a new line in the report when rates change mid-report period, allowing rates to be configured by program, and adding various report filtering & sorting.

Make the child required documentation page easier to use and navigate

In Progress

  • UX Improvement
Binti-wide

Updates the child required documentation page to be easier to navigate, organize key information, and use overall. Includes adding UI enhancements, tabbing, filtering, sorting, searchability, and a waive required documentation button.

Allow caseworkers to provide key information to calculate billing for children in therapeutic care

2022 - Planned

  • Data Quality
  • Efficiency
  • Reporting
Configurable by Agency

Delivers workflow enhancements to our aggregate service report that give a breakdown of which children are in therapeutic care, alongside their diagnosis codes, levels of care, authorization codes and MCO provider information.

Support key adoption workflows and date tracking

2022 - Planned

  • Reporting
Binti-wide

Tracks key information needed for children post adoption decree. This includes key dates, funding information, and forms completion records unlocking adoption-specific workflows.

Create an overall agency health & performance report

2023 - First Up

  • Reporting
Binti-wide

Creates a report that gives the overview health of an agency and performance on metrics such as children in care, intake & discharge and other key metrics to be determined.

Allow foster families to fill out & upload documentation for a child

2023 - First Up

  • Data Quality
  • Efficiency
Binti-wide

Enhances Binti’s foster parent portal to allow foster parents to fill out, upload documentation and other key information directly.

Create an agency compliance report

2023 - First Up

  • Reporting
Binti-wide

Creates a report that gives a monthly summary of which requirements are overdue, missing, or upcoming, broken down by case worker or supervisor.

Track critical incidents for children in care

2023 - First Up

  • Reporting
Binti-wide

Creates a workflow to log when a significant injury or incident happens to a child while in care. This will include the ability to track critical incidents per child as well as see aggregate information across the agency.

Platform (API, Integrations, Permissions)

Platform teams at Binti are building a robust and scalable platform that can flex to meet each agency's unique configuration and integration needs.

Our roadmap includes features that will make it easier to integrate with and configure Binti. This includes building the foundations of configurable permissions (identity and access management) and further building out our API endpoints. We're also making it easier to move data into Binti and keep data between systems up-to-date by making the import process easier. Additionally, we're investing in more tools that allow for easier communication between agencies and families.

tags
Status
Feature
Status
Tag(s)
Feature Availability
Expand ability to report on `ethnicities` via API

Recently Shipped

  • API
Binti-wide

Provides ethnicities as a data point in the API.

Add 11 new data fields to downloadable CSV reports

Recently Shipped

  • Data Quality
  • Reporting
Binti-wide

Adds the following fields to downloadable reports: Ethnicities, Status Reason, Status Explanation, Capacity, Youngest Age Approved, Highest Age Approved, Respite, Medically Trained, Open to Community, Updated At, and Co-Applicant Ethnicity.

View and create voluntary or involuntary placement holds via API

In Progress

  • API
Binti-wide

Creates an integration between agency systems and Binti to view, create, and edit voluntary or involuntary holds through the API.

Configure and customize worker permissions per application status, adding the ability to restrict the approval of applications to specially-permissioned workers

In Progress

  • Configurability
  • Privacy & Security
  • UX Improvement
Configurable by Agency

Allows for the creation of roles with configurable view and edit permissions by application status (e.g., X role can edit all applications vs. Y role can only edit applications where status is `approved`).

Configure and customize worker permissions by document type, adding the ability to restrict the viewing or editing of sensitive document classes

2022 - Planned

  • Configurability
  • Privacy & Security
  • UX Improvement
Configurable by Agency

Allows for the creation of roles with configurable view and edit permissions by document type (e.g., X role can view all documents, including sensitive documents vs. Y role can only view non-sensitive documents).

Make `Form` data accessible via the API

2022 - Planned

  • API
Binti-wide

Provides agency data created during form captures in tracks through the API.

Support additional fields for initial data imports to make launches easier and more robust

2022 - Planned

  • Configurability
  • Data Quality
Binti-wide

Adds additional fields to the import process to support a larger set of agency data for launches.

Make `Training` data accessible via the API

2022 - Planned

  • API
Binti-wide

Provides Training information through the API to empower data analytics.

Make it easier to identify what data has changed by providing a new API endpoint with a list of recently modified IDs

2022 - Planned

  • API
Binti-wide

Makes it easier to integrate with the Binti API by providing an API endpoint that lists the identifiers of all records which have changed over a specified amount of time.

Make `Case Notes` data accessible via the API

2022 - Planned

  • API
Binti-wide

Provides Case Note information entered by case workers in Binti through the API for data reporting and analytics.

Add persistent filters that will automatically pre-sort dashboards to a worker’s desired settings

2022 - Planned

  • Configurability
  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Configurable by Agency

Adds persistent filters that will automatically pre-sort dashboards to a worker’s desired settings.

Make integration with Binti easier with improved data importer solutions (in place of API integration)

2023 - First Up

  • Configurability
  • Data Quality
Configurable by Agency

Adds persistent filters that will automatically pre-sort dashboards to a worker’s desired settings.

Add additional data fields to the API

2023 - First Up

  • API
Binti-wide

Adds data fields and performance improvements to the API.

Continue adding export configurability to make it easy to export and report on your agency data

2023 - First Up

  • Configurability
  • Data Quality
Binti-wide

Introduces functionality to make it easy to export your agency data.

Allow agencies to create and manage their own bulk email campaigns to send emails to groups of applicants

2023 - First Up

  • Communications
  • Configurability
  • Efficiency
  • UX Improvement
Configurable by Agency

Allows agencies to create and manage their own bulk email campaigns to send emails to groups of applicants.