CHESS Health Partners with Staten Island Performing Provider System and Staten Island Borough President James Oddo to Address Substance Abuse Epidemic

Partnership Brings Technology-enabled Relapse Prevention to Alliance Network

CHESS Health, a leading technology provider serving addiction treatment and relapse prevention, today announced it has partnered with Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS), an alliance of clinical and social service providers serving Medicaid and uninsured populations of Staten Island residents, and Staten Island Borough President James Oddo. The partnership was struck to leverage CHESS Health’s A-CHESS Platform, including the Connections smartphone app, to enhance drug prevention and substance abuse treatment programs in SI PPS’s partner network across the borough.

The A-CHESS Platform including the Connections smartphone app, uses relapse prevention tools and condition-specific content to enable patients and their care team, including peer specialists, to connect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This facilitates proactive, continuous engagement and faster intervention.

“We are delighted to join SI PPS and Borough President Oddo in their efforts to fight substance abuse in the Staten Island area,” said Hans Morefield, chief executive officer at CHESS Health. “One of the biggest obstacles to treatment success is relapse shortly after treatment. A-CHESS gives patients the tools to avoid relapse, right in their pocket.”

“We see the A-CHESS Platform as an integral part of our substance abuse treatment strategy,” said Ashley Blauvelt, director of project management at SI PPS. “Preventing relapse is essential to providing high quality care and avoiding preventable hospital admissions and readmissions” SI PPS is one of 25 systems across New York State that receives funding through a Medicaid redesign grant via the New York State Department of Health for the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program. DSRIP is an initiative with a goal to reduce preventable hospitalizations by 25% by 2020, and one that leverages technological innovation to improve outcomes for populations with chronic conditions like substance abuse disorders.

“Our partners enthusiastically embraced the concept of the CHESS platform” said Joseph Conte, PhD Executive Director of the PPS. Victoria Njoku-Anokom Director of Behavioral Health programs added “We see this as a compliment to the Peer programs and resource and recovery centers that the PPS supports, these initiatives have significantly reduced preventable ER utilization and dramatically increased the number of individuals initiating and sustaining recovery.”

“Our office is determined to leave no stone unturned in our efforts to combat the opioid epidemic on Staten Island,” said Borough President Oddo. When my staff presented their research highlighting the effectiveness of the A-CHESS Platform and corresponding smartphone app, it became clear that this tool could be a game- changer for the borough’s treatment community. Of course, we turned to one of our most dependable partners, the SI PPS, to jointly fund this pilot effort which we anticipate will save lives.”

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