Children’s SPOA (Single Point of Access) was created in each county of New York State as a way to identify, support, and guide children, youth and families who are at risk of out-of-home placement or struggling to identify appropriate mental health and/or substance abuse services. The overall goal of C-SPOA is to maintain the child in the community and within the family system. Children’s SPOA assess the strengths and needs of each child referred and creates a plan to help link, assist, support, and guide the child and family to the most appropriate services where the child will be successful.
Who can be referred to Children’s SPOA?
- Child/Youth experiencing behavioral or emotional challenges
- Child/Youth needing help coping with traumatic experience
- Child/Youth with substance abuse concerns
- Child/family struggling to identify services or what to do when crisis situations come up
- Ages 0-21 years
Who can make a referral?
- Anyone, including the family, can make a referral!!
What does Children’s’ SPOA do?
- Assists in making referrals and/or coordinating supports to community programming and services
- Brings child/family concerns to confidential meeting where the current problem areas are discussed. This confidential meeting team will help identify community-based service providers and assist in assigning services and supports to the child and family.
- The child and/or family is welcome to attend this confidential meeting to discuss present concerns with the team.
How to make a referral?