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Project ASSERT

Project ASSERT (Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services, Education, & Referral to Treatment) is an innovative program of the Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) Emergency Department that helps patients access drug & alcohol treatment services. First launched in 1999, Project ASSERT is the second of its kind in the nation & continues to serve as a national model for addressing substance misuse & addiction in an urban emergency department setting. Through its skilled Health Promotion Advocates (HPA's), Project ASSERT employs a unique approach to screen, provide a brief intervention & directly refer patients to specialized care. Together, our team includes Project Directors, Gail D’Onofrio, MD, MS & Caitlin Malicki, MPH, & Health Promotion Advocates, Tracy Bachinski, Brittany Dzwonchyk, CAC, Gregory Johnson, MS, Amanda Lewis, and Shevonne Mack, DARC, MSW.

Program Highlights

  • Total of 48,777 ED patients screened for drug & alcohol abuse since 1999.
  • Continued cultivation of strong working relationships with clinicians, community organizations & specialized treatment centers.
  • More than 30 presentations at national substance abuse conferences & a 2010 publication in the Academic Emergency Medicine Journal.
  • Plans to increase Project ASSERT presence at YNHH York Street & Chapel Street Campuses, with coverage seven days a week.


Contact Us

For more information about Project ASSERT, please contact Caitlin Malicki at 203-737-6152 or