CHESS Health Selected by Next Step Community, an Addiction Recovery Program Located in Terre Haute, Indiana

Working Together to Address SUD in Southwestern Indiana

Rochester, New York, Sept. 22, 2020 – CHESS Health, the leading provider of comprehensive addiction management technology, announced today that Next Step Community has chosen to implement CHESS’s eRecovery solution, a comprehensive care management platform for substance use disorder which includes the evidence-based Connections App.

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Next Step Community will use the Connections App to offer valuable functionality for the entire treatment and recovery journey, including:

  • Messaging and social features with peers (others in treatment and recovery) to reduce isolation, provide mutual support, and celebrate achievements;
  • Inspirational thought-of-the-day, daily check-in, journaling, personal motivations;
  • Appointment and medication reminders;
  • Treatment planning, goal setting, and tracking;
  • Weekly recovery progress tracking through survey completion (JCAHO-compliant survey);
  • Tracking and intervention when patient nears a personal high-risk location (e.g., bar they frequented, park where they purchased) based on phone GPS;
  • One-click access to 24/7 helpline and other resources when stressed, or have urgent support need; and
  • Audio, video, and reading content.

“The stress and forced isolation created by COVID-19 has had a huge impact on those struggling with Substance Use Disorder in the state of Indiana,” said Dana Simons, executive director of Next Step Community. “When we found the CHESS Connections App, we knew it was the perfect solution to enable our clients and alumni to achieve long-lasting recovery by offering support in the palm of their hands. The App offers a safe, supportive online community to those in rural areas where there are no services available.”

“Everyone at CHESS Health is excited to work with Next Step Community to address substance use disorder in the Wabash Valley community,” said Hans Morefield, chief executive officer of CHESS Health. “We love working with innovative, outcome-focused programs like Next Step that share our belief in the importance of creating and maintaining connections for recovery.”


About CHESS Health

CHESS Health is the developer of the leading, evidence-based telehealth platform supporting the entire addiction management life cycle. The platform facilitates digital handoffs for getting more patients into treatment (eIntervention); improves outcomes through digital CBT (eTherapy) and reduces relapse and supports long term recovery (eRecovery). For providers, the CHESS platform grows patient volume through more successful referrals, improves treatment delivery, and improves treatment outcomes, including reduced relapse. Health plans and governments also benefit from more individuals in treatment and better outcomes; with the CHESS platform, they also gain analytic insights into provider performance. CHESS Health has received recognition from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), the Journal of Substance Abuse and the Surgeon General. For more information, visit

About Next Step

Next Step is a faith-based program in Terre Haute, Indiana for those who are serious about overcoming their addiction to drugs and alcohol. Next Step provides both residential programs and outpatient services such as substance abuse groups, AA meetings, peer coaching, case management, life skills training and mental health services. Our goal is to help those who are serious about managing their substance use disorder regain an independent, substance-free lifestyle. Learn more at