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Blogs December 1, 2023

Lightning Step Offers Enhanced Access and Support for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder Through Partnership with CHESS Health

HOUSTON & SAN FRANCISCO--()--Lightning Step, a leading provider of All-In-One CRM, EMR, and RCM solutions for behavioral health and addiction treatment facilities, is enhancing its platform with vital recovery support and alumni engagement for those contending with Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Through a partnership with CHESS Health, the foremost provider of evidence-based digital health SaaS solutions for SUD, Lightning Step customers can now offer clients the support and engagement of CHESS’s Connections smartphone app integrated with the Lightning Step platform. This solution, which includes 24/7 peer support and recovery and mental wellness resources, is a powerful complement to provider programs and has been proven to improve program adherence and contribute to long-term recovery outcomes significantly.

"At Lightning Step, our mission is to empower providers to enhance patient outcomes," said Brent Michael, Lightning Step CEO. "By streamlining connectivity to CHESS Health's innovative recovery support tools, we're helping our clients focus on providing the ongoing care and continuous alumni engagement so critical for addiction recovery."

CHESS Health's Connections app delivers proprietary cognitive behavioral therapy and peer support resources clinically proven to increase treatment retention on average by 37 days. Individuals using Connections have demonstrated increased adherence and completed outpatient treatment 20% more often and stayed in treatment longer, resulting in extended sobriety, lower relapse risk, and reduced total cost of care.

"Relapse rates for those recovering from addiction can be extremely high, especially in the first months after treatment," said Hans Morefield, CEO of CHESS Health. "CHESS Health is committed to developing and deploying evidence-based solutions that enable our partners to reduce the personal and societal crisis of substance use disorder (SUD). We are excited to expand our collaboration with an industry leader and are striving for innovative and collaborative partnerships like Lightning Step, who share our mission to improve long-term recovery outcomes."

About Lightning Step

With over 100 years of collective experience as former treatment center owners, operators, and clinicians, Lightning Step offers an all-in-one CRM, EMR, and RCM platform for behavioral health and addiction treatment centers. The platform helps improve interdepartmental workflow, operational efficiencies, and patient outcomes. For more information, please visit

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 governments, and health plans. The CHESS Health platform spans the entire lifecycle of SUD management―from prevention and intervention to treatment and recovery―and is proven to achieve higher abstinence rates, reduce the risk of relapse, and lower the overall cost of care. For more information, visit

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