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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

Ruthie Poole,
[email protected]

Scott Francis, [email protected]

Nicole McMahon, ext.324 [email protected]

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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

Recovery Experiences

Specifics differ but general themes thread through our experiences as Youth and Young Adult consumers. Below are found some documents detailing members experiences with hope.


(all projects expressing youth voice will be archived. To go to archives click here)