Session to share how technology is helping reduce substance abuse and reincarceration among women in Oklahoma
ROCHESTER, New York – April 19, 2018 – CHESS Health, a leading provider of addiction treatment and relapse prevention solutions, and Women In Recovery (WIR), a behavioral health care and family services provider in Tulsa, Oklahoma, today announced they will co-present a poster session, An Evidence-Based Approach to Maintaining Recovery and Reducing Recidivism through a Technology Safety Net, at the annual NatCon18 Conference. The conference, hosted by the National Council for Behavioral Health, is the single largest event in the U.S. for behavioral health providers.
The poster session, scheduled for Monday, April 23, 2018, from 12 p.m. to – 12:30 p.m. ET, will be presented by Mimi Tarrasch, MS, senior executive director of Women In Recovery, Family & Children’s Services in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Christopher Wilkins, Sr., MHA, founder and strategic advisor of CHESS Health. Wilkins and Tarrasch will discuss the impact of CHESS Health’s A-CHESS platform and Connections smartphone app helping women in the Tulsa area maintain recovery from substance abuse and avoid incarceration following an intensive 18-month treatment program Oklahoma has the highest rate of female incarceration in the country.
“The goal of Women In Recovery is to provide an effective alternative for women facing prison, which is devastating to children and families. The outcomes are much better if we can address and treat long-term addiction, which is often a result of significant trauma, poverty and untreated mental illness, Tarrasch says. “The A-CHESS platform has been an integral part of our program’s success. We’ve seen the positive impact it’s had on helping our program graduates maintain sobriety, connection to peers, staff and community supports.”
“We’re delighted to present at this year’s conference, and to share the story of Women In Recovery,” Wilkins says. “Their innovative approach is helping reverse the devastating cycle of substance abuse and reincarceration for women in Oklahoma.”
The A-CHESS Platform includes smartphone apps for patients, providers, and families, delivering recovery-sustaining motivational content, social connections, and support whenever and wherever needed. As patient’s progress across the addiction treatment care continuum, the Connections App offers direct connection to counselors, peers, educational content, appointment and medication reminders, and more. The Platform is used by providers and payers across the U.S. and internationally
In addition to the poster presentation, conference attendees can visit booth 1142 to learn more about Women In Recovery and the A-CHESS platform.
About Women In Recovery
Women in Recovery (WIR), a part of Family & Children’s Services (FCS), is an intensive outpatient alternative for eligible women facing long prison sentences for drug-related offenses. Operated in partnership with the George Kaiser Family Foundation, WIR works closely with the criminal justice system and various community partners to ensure program participants receive supervision, substance abuse and mental health treatment, education, workforce readiness training and family reunification services.