About Us

Kids Oneida Story

Starting in the mid 80’s, Oneida County’s Department of Social Services and Mental Health began to consider ways in which out-of-home placements of children with serious emotional disturbances could be decreased. Work groups comprised of consumers, providers and major stakeholders explored various service models that would address these concerns. In 1996, Kids Oneida was awarded a prestigious Robert Wood Johnson grant to be used as seed money for the start-up of the program. Integrated Community Alternative Network (ICAN), a non-profit care management entity, was established in 1997 to operate the program, Kids Oneida. In 1998, a decade after the first discussions were initiated, Kids Oneida began full operation when it was licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health as an Article 31 (Parts 587/588) outpatient clinic with a number of waiver provisions. In 2007, ICAN’s name was changed to Kids Oneida, Inc. It continues to be funded through a number of sources including the Oneida County Department of Social Services, Medicaid and individualized service only contracts.  As of January 2012, because of the unique funding model associated with Kids Oneida, the agency was no longer considered a NYS OMH Article 31 outpatient clinic.  Instead, Kids Oneida has been deemed by the New York State Office of Mental Health as the first KO/ACT Waiver Demonstration Project in New York State.

Starting with 4 service coordinators, 19 provider contracts and one level of service, Kids Oneida has grown. Today it operates with a full service coordination division, over 150 providers, and six programs with three levels of service. This growth has allowed Kids Oneida to better serve high risk children with multi-system needs. It has given it the funding flexibility to support and promote the Wraparound philosophy of care. It has strengthened its core goals of being a value based program with a focus on outcomes, family empowerment and cost.

To date, Kids Oneida has been closely watched given the uniqueness of its design and its potential as a model for replication. It has had three comprehensive evaluations by nationally recognized organizations (John Lyons, Northwestern University, 2002, Mount Sinai Hospital, 2004, Florida Mental Health Institute, 2003- copies available upon request) with very positive results.

Kids Oneida serves your family; the siblings, as well as the enrolled child. Since its inception,it has consistently been able to divert out-of-home placements, maintaining children with their families within their home, community and their schools.