Incarcerated women in Oklahoma are being empowered with a new recovery support app. that fosters community and connection.

Empowering Women In Recovery: Innovation in Oklahoma

The state of Oklahoma faces a significant challenge with high rates of female incarceration, leading to intergenerational cycles of imprisonment. Mental health disorders, including addiction, further complicate the situation. Mimi Tarrasch, Senior Executive Director of Women in Recovery (WIR), recognized the need to support these women in transitioning successfully back into their families and communities. WIR integrated the Connections app into its intensive treatment and recovery program, providing participants with 24/7 access to condition-specific content and resources.

This digital support system has revolutionized engagement, enabling caregivers to monitor progress, offer support, and foster connections among participants. With 140 current participants and 350 graduates, the program is making a tangible impact in breaking the cycle of incarceration and empowering women on their journey to recovery.

We had spent 4 years trying to develop an app ourselves. Once we found A-CHESS (Connections), integration into our program was fast and we were quickly achieving results.

Mimi Tarrasch, Senior Executive Director

*In this study, the mention of A-CHESS refers to the original name for what is now called the Connections app, which is part of CHESS Health’s eRecovery solution.

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