Mission:

To foster an environment supporting healthy choices, habits and relationships through collaborative resources and opportunities that will reduce substance abuse and suicide in Albany County.

Vision:

The Albany County community is educated and empowered to practice healthy choices,  pursue wellness and improve quality of life, ultimately reducing substance abuse and suicide.

Our History

1998

Well Aware creates The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Force at Ivinson Memorial Hospital under the Community Education Department

2002

CoPSA (Coalition for Prevention of Substance Abuse) is created under Well Aware after being awarded the State Incentive Grant

Comprehensive community needs assessment done

21 Century Community Learning Centers Grant-1st Cohort awarded to CoPSA

After School Enrichment and School Age Child Care are created.

2003

1CCLC-2nd Cohort is awarded to CoPSA

After School Enrichment Program-Expansion is implemented

2004

Albany County Resource Center is created to become the fiscal agent for CoPSA

CoPSA is awarded Drug Free Communities Grant

A school district coalition and CoPSA are combined to form a comprehensive community coalition.

21CCLC-3rd Cohort is awarded to CoPSA

The Hub is created through Big Brothers Big Sisters

2006

CoPSA is awarded The Strategic Planning Framework-State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG)-1st Year

CoPSA completes their second needs assessment with the community. (Needs Assessment workbook provided by Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center)

2006

CoPSA is awarded The Strategic Planning Framework-State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG)-1st Year

CoPSA completes their second needs assessment with the community. (Needs Assessment workbook provided by Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center)

2007

SPF-SIG-2nd Year

2008

SPF-SIG-3rd Year

CoPSA implemented Community Trials Intervention to Reduce High Risk Drinking (five task forces were created)

CoPSA received a block grant to implement site based mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters

2009

SPF-SIG-4th Year

CoPSA received a mini grant through the Wyoming First Lady’s Initiative (WFLI) to take Laramie Choice youth to the OJJDP National Leadership Conference in Dallas, TX.

2010

CoPSA received money through a WYDOT grant called Safe Communities

Data analysis of DUIs in Laramie

WFLI Mini Grant

Laramie Choice had the first after prom event in Laramie at the Laramie Community Rec Center

CORE Prevention Funding (a combination between federal dollars and state funds specifically for substance abuse prevention funding)

2011

Laramie City Council adopts tougher DUI ordinance (this was based on the data collected around DUIs in Albany County)

CoPSA agrees to educate the community on the new ordinance and the consequences around drinking and driving, the campaign was titled DUIs Blow.

2012 - 2019

CoPSA worked with Laramie City Council to update the smoking ordinance to include vaping.

CoPSA worked with Laramie City Council to update the demerit point system.

CoPSA continued comprehensive community prevention in Laramie with partners from across the community.

The Laramie Town Gown Association was created as a partner to CoPSA.

2019

CoPSA starts a partnership with Albany County Prevention

CoPSA rebrands to CoPSSA to include suicide as part of our mission and vision.