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!

Choice Pass Sign-up Nights 2017 occurred in September/October. If you missed sign-up nights it is too late to receive a Choice Pass for the 2017-18 year. Be sure to check in at the beginning of the next school year.

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 for our community's needs and have ranged from social media usage to how to keep and build relationships with your teen.

For Choice Pass holder, one dinner per school calendar is required and dinners are free. Parents are encouraged to bring their Choice Pass holders (youth), though it is not required. The Choice Pass Dinners are a great way to start family discussions about difficult topics.

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

Dinner is provided so please RSVP to 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.

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. The Choice Pass winter pass to CBMR is only  $125, while the winter/summer combo pass is only $245!  Other fantastic perks include a $35 year long membership to the Gunnison Recreation Center, discounts at the Nordic Center, the Ice Rink in Gunnison, and much more at the local Gunnison and Crested Butte businesses.

To learn more about Choice Pass click here.

To sign up for Choice Pass click 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 out work in classrooms, Choice Pass, Parent Education Dinners, and this website, GCSAPP is here to support you.

Parent Education Nights - Pass the Knowledge!

Throughout the year GCSAPP hosts Parent Education Nights, many of these nights include free dinners. Topics and classes are specifically designed for challenges facing our unique community. Professionals lead educational presentations and discussions to give parents and community members tools to better assist our kids in healthy lifestyle choices.

To find out when the next Parent Education Night will be, contact GCSAPP director Kari Commerford via email or by calling 970-642-7396.

GCSAPP Parent Guide

GCSAPP published a Parent Guide in 2013, available in English and Spanish.

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 for Gunnison County