Program Overview


Youth Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) supports children with complex mental health needs and their families so that they may remain in their homes and communities, achieve success in their educational, vocational or employment endeavors and foster positive relationships among friends and family. 

Within the ACT program, we have consistently demonstrated that positive outcomes can be achieved despite significant trauma, mental illness, and psychosocial stressors.


ACT delivers intensive, highly coordinated, individualized services and skilled therapeutic interventions through the use of a multidisciplinary team. Staff have experience to effectively treat children/youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and severe mental, emotional and behavioral impairments. 

The team that supports the child/youth and family may include a Team Leader, Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Licensed Mental Health Professional, Peer Advocate, Clinical Support Staff and Program Assistant.


Team interventions are focused on enhancing family functioning to foster health/well-being, stability and re-integration for the child/youth. Services are delivered using a family-driven, youth guided and developmentally appropriate approach that comprehensively addresses the needs of the child/youth within the family, school, medical, behavioral, psychosocial, and community areas of their lives. Youth have the right to be empowered, educated, and given a decision-making role in the care of their own lives, including guiding the treatment, rehabilitative and supportive service delivery process. 

Youth ACT teams are expected to provide the following range of treatment rehabilitation and support services in a manner that is consistent with the conditions, age and developmental stage of the children/youth to be served:

  • Assertive Engagement
  • Case Management 
  • Assessment 
  • Child and Family Services Planning 
  • Individual, Group, and/or Family Counseling/Therapy 
  • Family Psychoeducation 
  • Supportive Skills Training
  • Individual Psychoeducation 
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation 
  • Crisis Intervention Services 
  • Medication Management 
  • Health Services 
  • Peer Services (Family and Youth Peer) 
  • Vocational/Educational Services


The services provided by Youth ACT will be rooted in the following:

  • Comprehensive, highly individualized, and flexible approach, focused on clinical treatment, family psychoeducation and skills development
  • Accessible, available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, via the resources of an integrated multidisciplinary mental health team
  • Committed to building and strengthening therapeutic and family relationships across all interactions
    Respectful of importance of sensitivity to trauma and cultural considerations in service delivery 
  • Provided in the home and community, wherever services are needed or preferred
  • Services and goals are youth and/or family driven, with a focus on achievable outcomes
  • Proactive in terms of therapeutic interventions, continuous monitoring and engagement efforts


  • Youth is stabilized and able to successfully remain in their home, school and community
  • Youth and their families are actively engaged in community-based services and have adequate supports to sustain gains achieved in the program
  • Reduction or elimination of inpatient admissions, emergency room use, and risky or harmful behaviors
  • Effective skills are acquired to enable the youth to achieve age-appropriate developmental milestones 
  • Youth and family have enhanced capacity to sustain healthy interactions, secure emotional attachment and functional relationships


  • ACT program works with children from age 10, up through teens and young adults age 21.

Making A Referral

Admission to Youth ACT is managed through our local Children’s Single Point of Access (CSPOA). Inpatient psychiatric units, residential treatment facilities, children’s community residences, mental health outpatient programs, children and/or families, Medicaid Managed Care plans and other referral sources submit referrals for Youth ACT to C-SPOA in their County.

The contact information for our local CSPOA is as follows:

Phone number: 315.798.3697 or 315.768.3659

Youth ACT Age Group

  • Children
  • Teens
Oneida County

Why Consider Youth ACT

Our Team Approach

We embrace the Wraparound model for all of our care, services and programs. Our staff works collaboratively to develop and implement customized treatment plans for the individuals and families in our programs, and each team member contributes to our clients’ successes.

Empowerment & Support

At ICAN, we strive to empower and support individuals and families facing life challenges, by providing them with the tools to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. We assist them with succeeding in any goal they may have set, whether it be recovering from addiction, finding success in the classroom, creating a healthy home for their family as they anticipate the birth of a child, or seeking support and community resources, all while keeping families together as they process through their traumas.

Access To Resources

We connect individuals and families with critical community resources, such as access to physical and mental health providers, employment opportunities, housing options, peer support groups, and Wraparound services. We understand that access to some of these services can be difficult to attain during certain life challenges, and we are here to help individuals and families overcome this obstacle.

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