Project ASSERT: SBIRT in Emergency Care

Project  ASSERT (Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services, Education, and Referral to Treatment) is a team of peer educators performing “in-reach” at the Boston Medical Center Emergency Department.  By collaborating with hospital staff, the health promotion advocates (HPAs) offer screening, brief intervention, information and health resources at the point of service in the hospital environment, rather than conducting “out-reach” in the community setting.  Project ASSERT provides comprehensive care and prevention by putting substance abuse in the context of other health and safety needs.

Project ASSERT HPAs affirm the dignity of patients and their cultural backgrounds, beliefs, and values during their hospital visit by establishing a relationship with patients based on emotional support and advocacy. The encounter with HPAs provides patients with the opportunity to explore change through a non-judgmental conversation combined with increased access to various health and treatment services if desired.

Located at the BMC Emergency Department, 751 Albany Street, Boston, MA

  • Hours: 8am to 12:30 am,
    7 days a week and holidays.
  • Contact: 617-414-4388

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Project ASSERT Staff

  • Supervisor:
    Ludy Young, M.Ed., LADC I
  • Brent Stevenson, LADC II
  • Moses Williams, LADC II
  • John Cromwell, LADC II
  • Isaac Rutlegde, LADC I
  • Daniel Heenan, MS, LADC I
  • Medical Director: Edward Bernstein MD