New Directions is offering the Connections App

New Directions is offering the Connections App as an Enhancement to Everyone in Recovery for Substance Use Disorders

Innovative app from CHESS Health provides 24/7 recovery support

Cleveland, OH — CHESS Health, the leading provider of service-enabled technology supporting the addiction management and recovery lifecycle, has partnered with New Directions, an Ohio-based recovery and mental health treatment center, to use its Connections App as an enhancement for their addiction recovery services.

The CHESS platform includes a comprehensive set of digital tools and tech-enabled human support, creating patient-centered care for substance use disorders, mental health services, and social support – all easily accessible through a smartphone. Individuals will have 24/7 access in the app to a peer-moderated recovery community, and can learn about and engage with community resources in their area, such as housing and employment assistance programs.

“In our over 5-year relationship with CHESS Health we have been able to develop and provide an innovative tool for young people in recovery,” said Sue Tager, Site Director of New Directions.

“The Connections App provides a personalized 24/7/365 readily accessible way to receive ongoing support from others with lived experience as well as with trained professionals. Studies show a significant increase of treatment completion rate (2017 Case Western Reserve University study on the use of the app) and nearly 80% of clients report the app being “very helpful.” During this time of world change, it is critical to stay engaged and connected to one another. The Connections App is one more tool to support our youth seeking recovery.”

“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 or start outpatient care, or to reinforce their recovery plan with their provider.  We’re proud to partner with the team at New Directions – the perfect complement to our technology.”

This innovative platform will allow New Directions to assist even more people struggling with susbtance use disorders and addiction in the community, while having additional support options for current clients. It reinforces the mission of always keeping people connected, never alone.

About CHESS Health

CHESS Health is the leading provider of service-enabled technology supporting the entire addiction management and recovery lifecycle. The CHESS platform virtually manages recovery across the continuum, getting more patients into treatment (Intervention), improving outcomes through digital CBT (Therapy), and reducing relapse and enabling long-term recovery (Recovery). Nationally recognized by SAMSHA and NREPP, CHESS Health’s evidence-based platform helps providers, health plans, and government organizations achieve higher abstinence rates, reduce relapses, and lower the cost of care. For more information, visit

About New Directions

New Directions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to providing trauma-informed, evidence-based services that change lives and positively impact families and communities. When drugs and alcohol lead adolescents and young adults down a dangerous path, New Directions can help guide them on a new course toward recovery. New Directions is the only residential, recovery housing and outpatient treatment program of its kind in Northeast Ohio, providing treatment for more than 50,000 adolescents and their families since 1981.