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SPOA For Children and Youth

Each local government in New York State must designate a Single Point of Access for Children and Families (CSPOA). CSPOA's purpose is to identify children between the ages of 5 and 21 that are at risk of hospitalization or out of home treatment. Children's SPOA works to ensure access to services is timely and appropriate. The Children's SPOA Coordinator provides case consultation, systems navigation and linkage to community-based support services. 

Children's SPOA services are for everyone regardless of income or insurance. Specific services are recommended by the CSPOA Coordinator based upon the individual needs of the child and family and eligibility requirements. 

Children's Single Point of Access (CSPOA) Application Part 1 

This application if for referring children and their families to community-based services provided within St. Lawrence County. 

Children's SPOA Referral Form Part 1

Services Available

Children's Single Point of Access (CSPOA) Application Part 2: Accessing Children's Community Residence (CCR) and Residential Treatment Facility (RTF)

Children's SPOA Referral Form Part 2

RTF Authorization Release (Required when referring for RTF placement)

Please send completed referrals to:

Lindsay Best
Deputy Director for St. Lawrence County Community Services
80 SH 310, Suite 1
Canton, NY 13617
Fax: (315) 386-2435

For general inquiries regarding CSPOA, admission criteria for case management and residential programs, referral status, trouble accessing services, and concerns/complaints about services you may be receiving please contact: Lindsay Best (315) 229-3871 or [email protected].