Youth Advisory Council

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An opportunity for youth with special healthcare needs to share your input and make a difference!

We want to hear from teens and young adults about what’s important and helpful to you as you plan for the future.

Our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a direct way you can help improve transition support for your family and other Illinois youth transitioning to adulthood.

What is the YAC?

The YAC is a diverse, youth-driven group that aims to develop more youth-focused ways to help individuals and families with transition planning, resources and services.

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The YAC’s goal is to support positive outcomes in adulthood for all Illinois youth with special healthcare needs in the areas of:

  • Employment
  • Health care
  • Independence
  • Quality of life

The YAC’s role is to:

  1. Bring a different and personal perspective on issues important to youth.
  2. Partner with the Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) to help develop more youth-focused methods to enhance care coordination.
  3. Develop strategies to improve communication between youth/young adults and older adults.

Members participate in four virtual meetings per year.

Who is eligible to join the YAC?

The YAC is open to youth with special healthcare needs who are:

  • Ages 15 to 24
  • Living in Illinois
  • Planning for the transition to adulthood in the areas of education, health care, employment and home and community-based support.

You do not have to be a DSCC participant to join the council.

How can I join and learn more?

Members must complete an online application to join. Click below for more details about how the council works and how to apply:

If you have questions, please contact Claire Cook, DSCC’s Title V Program Transition Specialist, at or (800) 322-3722, ext. 1812.