Child Care Coordination of Northern New York

Child Care Coordination of Northern New York

The Children’s Home provides Care Coordination services to children living in Jefferson County experiencing emotional or behavioral difficulties. Services include Strength-Based Assessments, Individualized Service Planning, Care Coordination, and Transition Planning.

The goals of Child Care Coordination are to reduce the risk of long-term inpatient treatment, to minimize use of emergency services, and to link children, youth, and families to community based services and support systems.

Child Care Coordination is best suited for youth under the age of 18 years who:

  • Must be receiving Medicaid, Medicaid Managed Care, or be Medicaid eligible
  • Must reside in Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence County
  • Must be diagnosed with two or more chronic conditions OR one of the following single qualifying conditions: Serious Emotional Disturbance, Complex Trauma, HIV/AIDS


  • Medical Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Housing
  • Self-Help and Support
  • Specialty Services
  • Home Care and Nursing
  • Financial Education
  • Food and Shelter
  • Any other identified area of need

Child and youth Care Coordination Services were first introduced in Jefferson County in 2001. These services were provided through the NYS New Initiatives Funding program aimed at reducing out-of-home placements and use of emergency mental health services.

In 2004, the Children’s Home was contracted to provide Care Coordination services to children and families in Jefferson County. Children’s Home Care Coordinators work with children and families in developing and utilizing community supports that directly impact the family’s ability to maintain the child in the home and reduce the need for emergency mental health services.


Jefferson County’s Single Point of Access (SPOA) is the process whereby children and their families are linked to services which best meet their needs. The SPOA process is specifically designed to serve children 17 years of age or under who are experiencing mental or behavioral difficulties.

Family members, school personnel or any community agency employee with whom the family has contact may refer a child for services. Referrals for services are sent to the SPOA Coordinator, who gathers information by reviewing referral forms and conducting intake interviews with the child and family. The SPOA Coordinator then presents the information to the SPOA Committee.

The SPOA Committee consists of representatives from area service providers. Meetings are held two times per month. The Committee reviews the child’s  intake information and determines eligibility for services and appropriate level of care. The child’s parents/guardians and any representative at their discretion are encouraged to attend and actively participate in the SPOA Committee meeting. Through this process, community based service providers are identified and assigned that assist the child and family in meeting identified needs. Jefferson County maintains an open referral system. Anyone in the community who has knowledge of a child and family experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulties may, with the family’s approval, submit a referral to the SPOA Coordinator on behalf of the family.


Care Coordination of Northern New York

PO Box 6550

Watertown, New York, 13601

Phone: (315) 777- 9713

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P.O. Box 6550
1704 State Street
Watertown NY 13601
Phone: 315-788-7430
Fax: 315-785-5637