Single Point of Access (SPOA)
to Specialty Mental Health Services,
for Adults

                                                   MH SPOA

Click on the links below to download the fillable forms.

2017 Onondaga County Adult SPOA Application

2017 Optional Eligibility Screening Tool

2017 Permission to Use/Disclose Confidential Information


SPOA- Select Point of Access for individuals who have serious psychiatric disabilities and need specific mental health services. The SPOA Team determines eligibility and priority status according to NYS OMH criteria.

Eligibility: Serious and persistent psychiatric disability, OMH high priority status and need service due to MH clinical condition

Services accessed through SPOA:

  • OMH congregate Residential and Supported Housing programs
  • Assertive community treatment (ACT)
  • Non Medicaid Case Management (NMCM) for individuals with serious mental illness who are   not Medicaid eligible.


  • To help each applicant who is referred to the SPOA Team to discover and connect with the services which they are eligible for and could benefit from.
  • To connect applicants with the most effective and least restrictive services available.
  • To promote a flexible service delivery system providing each person the opportunity to negotiate an individual service plan which is specific to his/her needs and preferences, and includes input and support of service providers and significant others.
  • To involve the Peer community, families and colleagues in the overall planning and evaluation of services.
  • To utilize Peer Support wherever possible to enhance the individual’s engagement and involvement in services.
  • To enhance the ability of applicants to live safely and successfully in the community.
  • To serve as a resource to hospitals and other service providers in discharge planning and assisting individuals in making positive transitions between levels of care.
  • To identify gaps in the service delivery system and to promote development of services to respond to needs.
  • To continually improve services through evaluation of service delivery initiatives.



Residential Vacancy Report 3/14/18
(Click on the above link to download the current Residential Vacancy Report)