Welcome to the official website of Jefferson County New York

Social Services

Teresa Gaffney


  • 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.
  • To enhance and support the development of Family Life.

Contact Us

  • Phone: (315) 785-3000
  • Mailing Address: Jefferson County Dept. of Social services
    250 Arsenal Street
    Watertown, NY 13601

Office Hours
September - June
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Monday - Friday

July and August
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

Important Links
Americans with Disabilities Act
Domestic Violence Information
North Country Prenatal Perinatal Council
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

24 hour Crisis Response Hotline : Anyone in Jefferson County, New York who is having a hard time or is concerned about a loved one. This phone number is a FREE service, available 24/7 where you can find someone to answer your questions, give you resources in your community, and help you find ways to cope with your crisis. This is a service provided by the Children’s Home of Jefferson County.

Summer Meals NY : Summer should be a stress-free time full of food, friends and fun. Free summer meals can help. During the summer months, children 18 and under can receive free, nutritious meals at Summer Food Service Program meal sites. Many sites also offer fun activities, so kids and teens can stay active and spend time with friends while enjoying healthy meals. Meals and snacks are also available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled. To locate a site in your community or for further information, please contact the New York State Growing Up Healthy Hotline toll-free at 1-800-522-5006 or www.Summermealsny.org .