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The State and Local Area Advisory Councils are open to consumers ages 16-29. We encourage Youth and Young Adult Consumers to come and experience empowerment in relation to their experiences with a mental health diagnosis, substance use (and recovery) and the mental health system in Massachusetts. No voice at our councils goes to waste. We are organized as experts due to our lived-experience. We are part of a statewide effort to re-shape services for the better. To get involved with the State or a Local Area Council contact

617-442-4111 Toll Free 877-769-7693
Nicole McMahon, ext.324, [email protected]

The first Statewide Youth Advisory Council was held in April 2007 at Westborough State Hospital, Lincoln Conference Room and was coordinated and chaired by Jessel-Paul Smith


This is the archives. Here you will find links to all completed Youth Voice projects available either elsewhere on the net or here through our page.  Two Articles in FocalPoint By Matthew McWade (second Co-authored by Statewide Youth Advisory Council) Focal Point Artcile By Matthew McWade -- My Experiences With Stigma, Self-Worth, and Roles. Focal Point Article By MAtthew McWade and Statewide Youth Advisory Council -- A Young Adult Discussion on Stigma Had By the Massachusetts DMH Statewide Youth Advisory Council.