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Children’s Home of Jefferson County
Program Contact: Karen Richmond,
P.O. Box 6550
1704 State Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315) 788-7430

This is a Permanency Resource Center (PRC) to serve post adoptive and post guardianship families. It cannot serve kinship families with custody or informal arrangements.

A New York State Office of Children and Family Services Program

Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. (LSCNY – Watertown)
215 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315) 788-2072
Fax: (315) 785-9118
Since 1966 LSCNY has represented low income, disabled and elderly residents of Central New York in civil legal cases. Our work helps our clients deal with some of life’s most basic needs — a safe home, enough food to eat, access to medical care, a decent education, protection against fraud, and personal safety.

Rural Law Center
22 U.S. Oval
Suite 203
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 561-5460
Phone:  (866) 324-1183

Since 1996, the Rural Law Center of New York (RLCNY) has been providing free civil legal services to low-income individuals and families statewide. The Rural Law Center’s legal staff is available to assist kinship caregivers from most upstate New York counties. Family members are welcome to contact our offices with any questions you may have regarding custody, visitation and other Family Court matters.  Our staff will provide legal advice and can assist you with the preparation of custody petitions and other common issues. Our services are made possible primarily with financial support from NYS Judiciary Civil Legal Services and the IOLA Fund of the State of New York.  The RLCNY serves every upstate county in New York except: Erie, Niagara, Monroe, Onondaga, Oneida, Broome, Albany, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Westchester. We do not serve NYC or Long Island.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Site
Resolution Center of Jefferson and Lewis Counties
200 Washington Street, Suite 207
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315) 785-0333

CASA of Jefferson County: Trained Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteers monitor activities and placement of court-assigned abused and neglected children to reach a safe, permanent, and happy home.

Community Mediation Program: People have the opportunity to work together with trained mediators and seek a resolution to a disagreement. The process is confidential, voluntary and at no cost to the users.

Youth Court of Jefferson County: Trained volunteers age 14-19 are the YOUTH COURT that determines sentences for referred peers aged 7-15 ticketed as first-time offenders of minor crimes.

Office for the Aging
175 Arsenal Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315) 785-3191
Fax: (315) 785-5095

Services: Information and Referral, Outreach, Legal Services, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Medicare and Insurance Counseling, Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly (EISEP), Nutrition Services, Transportation and Respite.

Jefferson County Youth Bureau
250 Arsenal St.
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315) 785-3393
Fax: (315) 785-3223
In addition to providing funding for youth programs, the Youth Bureau offers support and assistance to youth programs throughout Jefferson County.

Children’s Home of Jefferson County
1704 State Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315) 788-7430
Fax: (315) 785-5637

The Children’s Home of Jefferson County is responsible for managing Jefferson County’s Single Point of Access (SPOA) process, whereby children and their families are linked to services which best meet their needs. The SPOA process is specifically designed to serve children 17 years of age or under who are experiencing mental or behavioral difficulties. The Children’s Home provides Intensive Case Management (ICM) services to children living in Jefferson County experiencing emotional or behavioral difficulties. Services include Strength-Based Assessments, Individualized Service Planning, Case Coordination and Transition Planning. The Children’s Home of Jefferson County’s (CHJC) Therapeutic Crisis Respite Program (TCRP) is a unique short-term (not to exceed 14 days) residential program for youth aged 10 through 17, experiencing a mental health crisis and requiring 24 hour supervision but who do not meet admission criteria for hospitalization. The program serves Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence County youth. Services will include psychiatric examinations, medication evaluations, crisis intervention, individual, family, and group therapy, peer advocacy, and psychological testing. Visitation Center – The Children’s Home of Jefferson County’s Supervised Visitation Center provides a safe, supportive, and structured setting that facilitates meaningful visitations and connections between youth and their families. Visits are supervised by qualified, trained staff and assist in working toward the goal of family reunification.

Social Services Department
250 Arsenal St.
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315) 782-9030

The objective of the local Department of Social Services is to provide for the general welfare of needy residents of Jefferson County; to assist individuals and families in achieving self-sufficiency, to ensure the protection of individuals unable to protect themselves from abuse, neglect or exploitation and to enhance and support the development of Family Life.

Community Services
175 Arsenal St.
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315) 785-3283
Fax: (315) 785-5182

The objectives of Community Services is to determine the needs of people with mental illness, chemical dependency, mental retardation or developmental disabilities; to insure there is coordination, cooperation and integration among local providers of mental hygiene services; to administer the Early Intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and delays.

Department of Public Health
531 Meade Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315) 786-3770 (24 hours/day)

The Department of Public Health is dedicated to investing resources, responding to needs and empowering people to attain best health through strategic actions that prevent illness and promote and protect well-being and productivity of all Jefferson County citizens and visitors.

Jefferson County Crisis Services

The Jefferson County Crisis Services offers a FREE, confidential, 24-hour emotional support and crisis response hotline at one, LOCAL phone number: 315-782-2327.

The crisis hotline service is always available immediately, on an ongoing basis, to help people who are dealing with almost ANY type of problem, illness, trauma, or loss.

People on the other end of the line are TRAINED PROFESSIONALS who will help callers cope with their difficulties.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Jefferson County
203 North Hamilton Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone:  (315) 788-8450
Fax:  (315) 788-8461

CCE offers free or low-cost workshops on topics that range from how to start an organic garden to canning and parenting to youth development (4-H).

North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council
200 Washington Street
Suite 300
Watertown NY 13601
Phone: (315) 788-8533 or (800) 279-8679
Fax 315-788-1726

NCPPC serves Jefferson, Lewis and St, Lawrence County.  We are dedicated to strengthening maternal and family health by identifying service needs and improving access to care through community collaboration, education and referral for the well being of every woman, child and family.

One program of NCPPC is The Gouverneur Activity and Learning Center. It is a drop-in (not a drop-off) center offering a variety of programming and activities designed for young children and their families. The Gouverneur Activity and Learning Center offers the community a healthy, warm, welcoming, family-oriented community center that encourages parents to drop in for companionship and peer discussion and support, while offering free play and playgroups for young children. The Center also offers access to education resources and materials along with communication with supportive, informed staff.