Mississippi Public Health Institute Launches Platform to Support Individuals in Treatment and Recovery for Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder 

Solution from CHESS Health provides 24/7 peer support in Madison, MS 

Madison, MS – CHESS Health, the leading provider of evidence-based digital health solutions for substance use disorder (SUD), announced today that Mississippi Public Health Institute (MSPHI) has launched the eRecovery solution to support patients struggling with SUD and/or behavioral health conditions. MSPHI is an organization in Mississippi addressing the complex needs of families and individuals facing SUD or mental health disorders, their co-occurrence, and the secondary issues related to substance misuse and mental illness. 

Individuals in treatment and recovery will now have access via their smartphones to a team of certified peer recovery digital support specialists and a robust set of tools, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The program is especially needed in the wake of increased overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic and the dramatic increase in synthetic opioid use. CHESS Health’s eRecovery solution, which includes the Connections app, helps individuals reduce isolation, build confidence and adhere to a treatment and recovery plan. 

“As a working mother with my own recovery story, having real time support on my smartphone is likely to help me stay in recovery,” said Dr. AnnaLyn Whitt, Program Director at MSPHI. “Along with 6th District Intervention Court, MSDH, MSU Extension Service, and the MS Community Health Worker’s Association, our goal is to create a community of recovery that supports all people in the southwest area of Mississippi.  It’s a passion project for all of us and partnering with CHESS Health is one more way we can make our counties healthier.” 

“It’s essential that recovery support reaches patients where they are,” said Hans Morefield, CEO of CHESS Health. “That means getting support tools like the Connections app in individuals’ hands as they leave treatment facilities, start outpatient care, or even pre-treatment. We’re proud to partner with the team at MSPHI – the perfect complement to our technology.” 


About CHESS Health 

CHESS Health is the leading provider of evidence-based digital health solutions addressing the individual and societal crisis of substance use disorder (SUD). Solutions are offered in partnership with healthcare providers, community organizations, state and local government, and health plans. CHESS Health solutions span the entire lifecycle of SUD management―from prevention and intervention to treatment and recovery―and are proven to help more individuals enter treatment, improve patient retention, reduce the risk of relapse, and lower the overall cost of care. Through CHESS Health’s current partnerships, statewide initiatives have been implemented across New Mexico, Oklahoma, and West Virginia. For more information, visit www.chess.health

About Mississippi Public Health Institute 

MSPHI cultivates partnerships that bolster and advance program innovation and health equity while increasing the accessibility and impact of health resources, education, health awareness, and applied research and policy. Our mission is to engage in partnerships and activities that improve Mississippi’s health. With an experienced staff and deep pool of consultants, MSPHI can scale up or down to meet the needs of any engagement. We work primarily across four interrelated domains. Across the four, MSPHI conducts formative and evaluative research, program implementation, capacity building, workforce development and training, community needs assessment, and coalition building. Our team can rapidly, efficiently, and effectively deploy resources to meet state, regional, and community needs. For more information, visit www.msphi.org