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.

Upcoming Events - Join Us!

For ALL Choice Pass holders, it is REQUIRED to attend one Sign-up Night by PARENTS and STUDENTS in order to receive a Choice Pass each year. 

2018 Sign-Up Nights are HERE! 

Tuesday 9/18—Fred Field 6 to 8pm

Wednesday 9/19—Fred Field 6 to 8pm

Tuesday 9/25—Crested Butte Community School 6 to 8pm

Monday 10/1—Crested Butte Community School 6 to 8pm

Wednesday 10/17—Lake City Community School 4:30 to 6:30pm

Choice Pass Dinners

During the school year, GCSAPP hosts monthly dinners in both CB and Gunnison. Each dinner includes an educational component. Topics are specific to our community's needs and have ranged from social media usage to how to keep and build relationships with your teen.

One dinner per school calendar is required by a parent/guardian of a Choice Pass holder. Parents are encouraged to bring their Choice Pass holders (youth), though youth attendance is not required. The Choice Pass Dinners are free! Most importantly, they are a great way to start family discussions about difficult topics.

Additionally, Choice Pass Dinners are open to the public whether or not your child is a Choice Pass holder, or even if you have kids!

Stay tuned for the Choice Pass Dinner line-up for the 2018 to 19 school year, set to debut early fall.

Dinner is provided free of cost, so please RSVP by emailing Kari Commerford.

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 Events

Choice Pass kicked off the summer with the opening of CBMR on June 9th. There was biking, ziplining, lunch, and prizes!

Stay tuned for other awesome Choice Pass events throughout the year.

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 about Choice Pass here.

To sign up for Choice Pass 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.

See the full 2012 Healthy Kids Colorado Report (PDF) for Gunnison County