Statewide Young Adult Council (SYAC)

SYAC Overview Document

The Statewide Young Adult Council (SYAC) is a subcommittee of the MA State Mental Health Planning Council (SMHPC) and serves as an advisory board to the SMHPC and DMH’s TAY Initiative.


What is SYAC?



  • Brings together youth, young adults, and providers to advise the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and other young adult service organizations - ultimately creating a cohesive, supportive network of families, peers and service providers throughout the Commonwealth;
  • Seeks to inspire hope and recovery among youth/young adults across the state;
  • Empowers youth/young adult voices within DMH;
  • Encourages young people to advocate for themselves and to assist them in making their own choices/decisions with transitional life skills, including education, employment, housing, and healthcare;
  • Works together to find equality and advocate for all youth/young adults.

Who can attend SYAC meetings?

  • SYAC welcomes youth and young adults (age 16+) in MA to participate in meetings!

When are SYAC meetings?

  • SYAC meetings are currently held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 2:00-3:30pm.

Where are SYAC meetings?

  • Due to COVID-19, SYAC meetings are currently held VIRTUALLY via Zoom. For meeting information or to be sent a calendar invite, please contact the SYAC leadership team.

SYAC Leadership Team:


Learn more about the State Mental Health Planning Council here: