Gunnison County Substance Abuse Prevention Project (GCSAPP)


Prevention is a process that promotes healthy youth, families, and communities.

GCSAPP is a community coalition that uses education, policy, and programming informed by community data, needs, and culture to promote protective factors and reduce risk factors.

GCSAPP cares about the health of Gunnison County: from youth, to families, to the community as a whole. Through the work of the coalition, youth are supported and celebrated in making healthy decisions. The mission of GCSAPP is to utilize evidence-based strategies and community mobilization to reduce substance abuse by youth in Gunnison County in order for youth to be healthy, stable, and productively involved in their communities.

Educational Community Events

Being solution oriented, GCSAPP seeks to bring educational opportunities to our community on topics and issues negatively impacting our community. Connect with other solution oriented community members while learning new skills to enhance our lives and experiences in the Gunnison Valley by attending one of our events.

Choice Pass

What is Choice Pass?

The Choice Pass is a program designed with one thing in mind: engage students in making healthy choices. The Choice Pass is offered annually to students in 6th through 12th grade. Once enrolled, students can participate in numerous healthy activities. Some Choice Pass perks include: discounted passes to CBMR, Gunnison Recreation Center, and skill based programs such as avalanche safety courses, and much more offered by our nearly 40 community business partners and sponsors throughout the Gunnison Valley. With so many community partnerships, Choice Pass assists students in making healthy choices.

Additionally, Choice Pass is a tool for parents to use when encouraging their youth to live a healthy and substance free lifestyle.

What does it take to become a Choice Pass holder?

All students have to do is make a choice to commit to a healthy and substance free lifestyle.

There is NO cost to enroll in the Choice Pass.

*Parents must attend a Choice Pass sign-up night. We know families are busy; that's why we offer four sign-up nights: two in Crested Butte and two in Gunninson. You can attend the one most convenient to you. Sign-up nights are held in September and October each year. Unfortunately, if you miss sign-ups your child is not eligible until the following school year. Make sure to keep an eye out in local newspapers, our website, emails, school news letters, and audibly from KBUT.

By simply enrolling, students gain access to local business discounts (around 40 throughout the Gunnison Valley!) and Choice Pass community events.

Once enrolled, students have a selection of opportunities to enjoy- the highlight being a discounted pass at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

Learn more or signup for Choice Pass here. 

Community Survey

Gunnison County Substance Abuse Prevention Project (GCSAPP) is working to understand the health related trends of our community adults. We make data driven decisions in all of our efforts and this survey will help provide valuable information to help inform community health initiatives. We use this in conjunction with our youth data to make programmatic decisions.

This is the second year that we will be distributing the Community Survey in order to collect data regarding perception and personal use of substances, stressors and other health behaviors of our community members.

The information provided will help our community efforts to improve upon substance abuse, suicide and bullying prevention efforts for Gunnison County youth and adults and assist with identifying behavioral health needs.

Please consider taking the Community Survey, which will take 5-10 minutes. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Please only take the survey if you have lived in Gunnison County for a minimum of two years. 

Survey HERE!

Parent Resources

Parents: GCSAPP has your back! Transitioning from childhood to adolescence can be hard for parents and kids alike. It is imperative to continue to foster a strong relationship with your kid(s). GCSAPP is here to support the tough conversations that will help your child transition into the next phases of his or her life successfully. From our work in classrooms, Choice Pass, Parent Education Dinners, and this website, GCSAPP is here to support you.

GCSAPP Parent Guide

Community Data & Presentation

GCSAPP, in conjunction with the Gunnison Watershed School District, collects Healthy Kids Colorado Survey information each year. We then compile the students self-reported data in order to direct our efforts based on specific needs. We have several presentations and various reports to share.