Suffolk County Children’s SPOA Referral and Information Line
The Children’s Single Point of Access system began in 2001 to simplify and coordinate the process of linking children with serious emotional disturbance and their families to the services that can assist in meeting their needs. The goal of SPOA is to identify children at highest risk of placement in out-of-home settings; develop appropriate strategies to manage those children in their home communities; and monitor and track progress through system. The Children’s SPOA is characterized by a multi-disciplinary representation of agencies. Referrals may be made to SPOA for children, age five through 18 years, with a major psychiatric diagnosis who meet the NYS OMH criteria for Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED).