Children & Youth Mental Health Services: SPOA/A Single Point of Access / Accountability

Children and Youth Mental Health ServicesThe Oneida County Department of Mental Health’s Children & Youth SPOA/A (Single Point of Access/ Accountability) is charged with planning, monitoring and overseeing the children’s local system of care.  The Department has continued its efforts to promote collaboration and support to provider agencies, children and youth, families, county departments, schools and other service systems.



  • Children and Youth Mental Health ServicesOngoing participation and communication with state systems regarding the upcoming changes to the behavioral health framework for children and youth, including Medicaid reform and the advent of children’s Health Homes, as well as the inclusion of transition-age youth for service planning and developing of appropriate supports; these activities include the awarding of a state grant to the department as we prepare for the expanded role of SPOA/A.
  • Participation on local youth-focused committees and workgroups for exchange of information and resources, awareness of successful community partnerships, and identification of gaps and/ or barriers requiring creative solutions; this involvement includes the Oneida Co. Youth Services Council, as well as our recent development of a Children’s Community Mental Health Committee.
  • Ongoing promotion of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS – NY) Assessment as the SPOA assessment tool and will include the state-wide expectation to utilize the CANS algorithm for determining level of need.  Oneida Co. Department of Mental Health endorses the online CANS training at and will ensure the assessment packet is available for download.


120 Airline Street
Oriskany, NY  13424
Fax: (315) 768-3670
Phone: 315-768-3659 (or) 315-768-3667


Office of Mental Health