The effectiveness of CHESS Health solutions is backed by a robust body of evidence, including published research, customer case studies, and successful implementation results.

CHESS Health delivers evidence-based solutions that enable our partners to reduce the personal and societal crisis of substance use disorder (SUD). Taking an evidence-based approach means science and research are at the core of our solutions to ensure effective results and improve outcomes for the nearly 49 million people affected by SUD nationwide. 

Our proven, trusted solutions for partners in the public sector, behavioral health providers, and payers and health plans are validated by clinical trials, research, and case studies from existing customers. Studies highlighting the effectiveness of CHESS Health’s solutions have been published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, and the Journal of Dual Diagnosis, among others. Funding for research has come from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the Addiction Policy Forum. CHESS Health has conducted collaborative research with partners, including the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and the Loyola Recovery Foundation.

40-50% reduction in key risk factors
30% higher rate of Abstinence for SUD

At 4-, 8-, and 12-month check-ins, there was a 30% higher rate of abstinence by those using the Connections app compared to those not using the app.

Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison study published in JAMA Psychiatry

71% reduction in hospital readmissions

Decrease in readmission rates, which results in a lower cost of care, for patients using the mobile health app.

Source: Loyola Research/ Pharmacotherapy model integrated with mobile health technology

Patients using the Connections app stayed in treatment 37 days longer than those not using the recovery support app.

Source: Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Study

Persistent high engagement rates observed from the initial week following treatment through the four-month post-treatment period serve as a compelling indicator of the digital health tool’s effectiveness.

Source: Journal of Dual Diagnosis

Individuals using the Connections app had a 24% lower rate of return to residential care, which can be directly related to a decrease in the cost of care.

Source: Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Study

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles Featuring CHESS Health Technology

Pharmacotherapy and Mobile Health for Veterans with Substance Use Disorders

Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by the Loyola Recovery Foundation, this research explored alternative therapies for a high-risk, high-need population prone to frequent addiction crisis, emergency medical, and psychiatric services utilization.

CHESS Health Case Studies

Learn how Valley Hope has increased access to care, reduced relapse, and improved patient-provider engagement and business outcomes with the CHESS Health recovery solution including Connections.

Enhanced Recovery Support to Enrich Treatment Outcomes and Boost Business Success

Valley Hope forged a partnership with CHESS Health back in June 2019, harnessing its eRecovery solution to equip clinicians with user-friendly tools for patient communication and progress monitoring, alongside round-the-clock peer recovery support. As time progressed, Valley Hope officials saw that CHESS Health’s tools offered a significant opportunity to enhance long-term engagement. Since the launch…
GRAND Mental Health in Tulsa set up its contingency management program to grant participants three points immediately upon completion of each session. Points translate into dollars that are available automatically on a reloadable debit VISA card provided by the program to the participants. 

Optimizing Treatment Adherence with Rewards

About 70% of individuals in the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at GRAND Mental Health in Tulsa, OK (GRAND Tulsa), stayed in treatment until completion after their leaders implemented CHESS Health’s Rewards module, part of its eRecovery solution. The Rewards module is integrated into and accessible in the Connections recovery app, allowing providers to quickly and…

CHESS Health Implementation Results and White Papers

Substance use disorder (SUD) involving opioids, methamphetamine, and fentanyl have been wreaking havoc across the country, leaving state leaders searching for answers to stem the tide.

Oklahoma Deploys Innovative Initiative to Address Statewide Addiction Crisis

Oklahoma faced a common problem for states with a spread-out population and many individuals with substance use disorder (SUD). It is difficult to connect, coordinate, and offer resources for providers to assist people in identifying the need for help and working through recovery. About 300,000 Oklahomans struggle with SUD, but only one in three is…

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