The Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Program (SASPP) is located within the Public Health Division (PHD) of the Wyoming Department of Health. The SASPP can be described as an integrated approach to the prevention of alcohol, other drugs, and suicide. This approach is achieved by focusing efforts on evidence-based prevention activities and by collaborating with multiple partners, to include those working on tobacco prevention and chronic disease prevention. Substance Abuse Prevention Services are authorized by the Substance Abuse Control Plan, Wyo. Stat. § 9-2-2701, as part of a comprehensive and integrated prevention plan.
The SASPP places priority on making environmental-level changes that impact populations across Wyoming. These efforts are guided by the public health model, which aims to protect and promote the health of people and the communities in which they live, work, and play. The SASPP is involved in a variety of activities across the state with the core purpose of reducing suicide, adult binge drinking, underage alcohol use, the misuse of prescription drugs, and the use of illicit drugs, such as marijuana.
Community prevention activities around the state, which are supported by Wyoming Department of Health funding, are largely carried out by the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming (PMO). The PMO is dedicated to strengthening the prevention efforts around alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, suicide, and chronic disease. The PMO recently published a report highlighting the organization's first sixteen months of prevention efforts in Wyoming.
Please click here to learn more about the PMO and their community-based contacts.