The Children’s Home of Jefferson County is responsible for managing Jefferson County’s Single Point of Access (SPOA) 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, where 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 their 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.
To make a referral, please contact the SPOA Coordinator
Diane Zikowitz, Jefferson County SPOA/SPOE Coordinator
Phone: (315) 777-9716
Fax: (315) 779-1184
Mailing Address: PO Box 6550, Watertown, New York 13601