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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

Young Adult Resources / Links

Below are a list of links that may be useful as resources. The links are broken into categories:

Facts vs. Myths


Trauma related Services

Substance Abuse Treatment

Residential Housing

T Access Pass

Speaking of Hope Project:

Speaking's Home page

Speaking of Hope on Facebook

If any young adult is interested in being trained to tell their recovery story or would like to find out info about future Speaking of Hope events please contact Nicole McMahon or by calling the cell phone of Scott Francis at 508-971-5421.

General Links:

Facts Vs. Myths:

Clink on the links below to read some facts vs. Myths pages

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Hospitals: Mclean Hospital Largest private mental health system in Massachusetts including Arbour Hospital, Arbour-Fuller Hospital, Arbour-HRI Hospital, Westwood Lodge, Pembroke Hospital, The Boston Center, Lowell Treatment Center, Arbour Counseling Services, Choate Emergency Services, etc. Austen Riggs Center, Intensive Psychotherapy in an Open Therapeutic Community Hospital with outpatient services in Brookline Mass

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Trauma Related Services: Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute. Helping individuals, families and communities that have been impacted by Trauma and Adversity

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Substance Abuse Treatment: Several Locations in Massachusetts Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Treatment Several Locations around Massachusetts 4 Locations in Massachusetts

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Residential Housing: information on residential services in Massachusetts

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T Access Pass: MBTA disability pass form online map of T routes 2nd topic on page, disability pass info.

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