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Oneida County Department of Mental Health

Oneida County Department of Mental Health provides administrative leadership to the planning, monitoring and reviewing of services for individuals with mental illness, substance use disorder, and intellectual and developmental disabilities We do not provide any direct treatment or clinical services through our office.


Children & Youth Mental Health (SPOA)

Oneida County Department of Mental Health’s Children & Youth SPOA is charged with planning, monitoring and overseeing the children’s local system of care. The Department continues its efforts to promote collaboration and support to children and youth, families, county departments, provider agencies, schools and other service systems. Oneida County Department of Mental Health’s Children & Youth SPOA commits to improving access to care, identifying high-needs youth, and managing intensive services while delivering a family-driven, least-restrictive approach. The SPOA regularly communicates with state systems regarding changes to the behavioral health framework for children and youth. Youth in Oneida County in need of mental health services that extend beyond what community based providers can assist with can be referred to the Children & Youth SPOA.

Services offered through Children & Youth SPOAA include:
Health Home Care Management, Intensive Home Based Services, and Intensive Case Management. One of SPOA’s goals is to keep children at home with their families whenever possible. Children’s Residential Services can be explored with the family during extraordinary circumstances. The Children’s SPOA referral and instructions may be accessed through the link below. For more information or assistance with a referral, please contact one of the staff from the Department of Mental Health’s Children & Youth SPOA.

The Adult Single Point of Access & Accountability (ASPOAA)

The Adult Single Point of Access & Accountability (ASPOAA) is the process for referring adults to care management and/or residential services, and for monitoring the referral process within Oneida County. Oneida County offers a variety of residential options – ranging from independent supportive apartments to community residences with 24/7 staff supervision. A standardized referral application has been developed, which encompasses relevant clinical and social history assisting in determining the appropriate level of care an individual needs. The goal is to create a system that promotes recovery-oriented services, which are widely available, flexible, personally tailored and responsive to individual needs. To be eligible for these services, the individual must meet certain criteria, including having a primary diagnosis of a serious mental illness. Specific program eligibility is included in the referral application. The Adult SPOAA Coordinator will review each referral and determine the individual’s appropriate level of care.

Substance Use Services

The Oneida County Department of Mental Health is responsible for the direction and administrative oversight of the substance use programs in Oneida County. Such responsibility includes ensuring that Oneida County programs are in compliance with New York State and Federal rules, regulations, and guidelines.

Given that the Department does not provide any direct treatment, contracts are regularly maintained with local agencies to provide essential services in Oneida County. The Department of Mental Health serves as a mediator between the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), New York State Office of Addiction Supports and Services (OASAS), and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

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