CHESS Health Adds Peer Recovery Engagement Service to its Connections App

Leads Industry with New Service-Enabled Technology Supporting Individuals in Recovery

CHESS Health, the leading provider of comprehensive addiction management technology, today announced the general availability of its Peer Recovery Engagement Service, a new platform offering to complement the company’s evidence-based Connections smartphone app. The service was first deployed to a select number of providers, later expanded to the successful CHESS state-wide implementation in West Virginia, and most recently has been included in a large contract with a national health plan company.

The unique Peer Recovery Engagement Service enhances the experience and impact for individuals using the Connections app by incorporating a certified Peer Specialist to lead and moderate large peer discussion groups, motivate and assist individuals to complete the CHESS self-guided, digital therapy lessons, and to increase compliance with provider clinical protocols. This service complements the role of provider-employed peer recovery support specialists who serve as recovery coaches – many CHESS customers offer recovery coaching to those struggling with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and use the CHESS eRecovery platform and Connections App as one medium for delivering this vital support.

“The human connection is critical to enhance the impact of the Connections App,” said Hans Morefield, chief executive officer of CHESS Health. “Our certified peer specialists use their experience and training to give individuals hope and inspiration as well as to unlock the power of a digital peer community to support one another in the recovery journey.”

The CHESS Peer Engagement Service is driving a significant uptick in engagement and feedback from those in recovery for SUD and has been universally positive. One individual recently shared, “I absolutely love this app – it’s a godsend especially with COVID-19. I need recovery support, and this is an open door. Human contact and support are a must have for those of us in recovery and this puts that in reach.”

“The CHESS Peer Recovery Engagement Service offered with the Connections App helps ensure that West Virginians living with SUD have access to others with similar life experiences — a critical component of recovery support that is especially important during the pandemic,” said Garrett Moran PhD, Associate Director of Services and Policy Innovation at West Virginia University’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute.

About CHESS Health

CHESS Health is the leading, service-enabled recovery technology supporting the entire addiction treatment and recovery lifecycle. The CHESS platform manages recovery across the continuum, getting more patients into treatment (eIntervention), improving outcomes through digital CBT (eTherapy), reducing relapse and enabling long-term recovery (eRecovery). Providers, health plans and governmental organizations use the platform for clinical and financial benefits, including 20-30% increase in treatment adherence, 40-50% reduction in relapse risk factors, and $8,000 in total cost of care savings per individual. Nationally recognized by SAMHSA and NREPP, the CHESS platform is also sought out by leading addiction researchers for inclusion in clinical studies of new addiction treatment, intervention, and prevention protocols. For more information on CHESS Health, including to request a demonstration of its consumer and telehealth functionality, visit