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SPOA (Single Point of Access)

What is SPOA and how can they help me?

The Tompkins County C-SPOA Coordinator (Children's Single Point of Access) provides information and guidance to anyone who hasquestions or challenges as they support a child or youth with emotional/behavioral health concerns.   The C-SPOA Coordinator offers consultation and guidance to families, school staff and community providers about the continuum of mental health services available in our area.  All families can get support from C-SPOA regardless of financial resources or insurance status. If you aren't sure whether or not your child or someone you serve may benefit from additional mental health supports, please reach out to the C-SPOA Coordinator, Sally Manning at 607-592-0992 or email sallymcss@racker.org.

Who can be referred to Children's SPOA?

Children and youth ages 0-21 (and their families) who:

  • Are experiencing behavioral or emotional challenges
  • Need help coping with traumatic experiences
  • Are dealing with substance abuse concerns
  • Are struggling to identify services or what to do when crisis situations come up

Who can make a referral?

Anyone, including the family, can make a referral.

How to make a referral?

For community-based services: Complete the following C-SPOA Referral Form, Part 1 and SED Verification Form for basic support:

For residential treatment outside of the home: Complete the attached C-SPOA Referral Form, Parts 1 and 2 for residential treatment or community residence:

What if I need help filling out these forms?

Below you will find a link to an informative recording with additional information about completing the C-SPOA referral form, Part 1 for CHHCM:

Below you will find a link to an informative recording with additional information regarding completing an application for Community Residence or Residential Treatment Facility:

Or feel free to contact Sally Manning, the Tompkins County's C-SPOA Coordinator, for assistance at 607-592-0992 or sallymcss@racker.org.

For additional information about children and youth supports in Tompkins County.