Mission Statement: To help youth and young adults who use substances lead healthy lives through holistic, team-based care.

At Boston Medical Center, the Center for Addiction Treatment for AdoLescent/Young adults who use SubsTances (CATALYST) program helps teens and young adults who use alcohol or drugs. Our team provides access to a wide range of services including primary care, harm reduction, assessment and treatment of substance use disorders, psychiatry, psychotherapy, and recovery support for patients through age 25 and their families.

Team Approach

We are a multidisciplinary team consisting of physicians board certified addiction medicine and psychiatry, licensed clinical social workers, a nurse care manager with addiction certification, a patient navigator, recovery coaches, and a program manager. We offer evidence-based treatment and are adept at working with young patients who use substances. Our team based-care allows us to provide the best care for patients and their families creating a clear path to healthy lives.

Clinical and Support Services

  • Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs)
  • Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders
  • Primary care including HIV screening, Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, Hepatitis C screening and treatment, screening for other sexually transmitted infections, and family planning
  • Overdose education and naloxone kits
  • Parent guidance for families
  • Additional support with navigation and recovery coaching

Patients can either receive primary care Boston Medical Center OR get a referral from their existing primary care provider. The CATALYST Clinic team can help patients schedule and establish primary care at BMC in addition to their substance use care/services if desired.

CATALYST is still accepting new patients and providing all services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Most appointments will be completed via telemedicine.

Contact Us

For patients 21 and under

For patients 22-25

Our Team

Sarah M Bagley, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Addiction Medicine

Scott E Hadland, MD, MPH, MSc.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts

Addiction medicine, LGBTQ health, adolescent health care

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Amy M Yule, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders, Young Adults with Substance Use Disorders, Co-occurring Substance Use Disorders and Psychiatric Disorders

Tae Woo Park, MD

Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Addiction Psychiatry

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Liz Tadie, RN, MSN
Nurse Care Manager

Evan Malkiewich, LICSW
Social Worker

Juliana Scherer, LCSW, MPH
Social Worker

Eric Lozada, LADC, CARC
Recovery Coach Supervisor

Lydia Reyes, CARC
Recovery Coach

Mayra Perez
Patient Navigator

Deric Topp
Program Manager

Patient Resources