About Us

Who We Are

Partners in Prevention is a community coalition working to prevent and reduce youth substance use. We are nearly all volunteers representing more than twelve different sectors within the community, including: business, civic/volunteer organizations, health care, government, law enforcement, media, other substance abuse organizations, parents, religious organizations, school, youth, and youth-serving organizations. We rely heavily on collaboration to support our efforts to positively impact our community. We are hoping to reduce substance use by addressing the factors in our community that increase the risk of use and also by promoting the protective factors that minimize the risk of use.

PIP serves the Wayzata School District, consisting of all or parts of Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Orono, Plymouth, and Wayzata. The district educates over 11,000 students made up of eight elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school.

Our Director

Alison Wobschall, M.A.

Alison has been with Partners in Prevention since 2013. She is native to the area, having grown up in Medina. She received her Bachelors of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College in Communication Studies & Religion and went on to receive her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. After spending seven years in higher education, working with college students in areas of mental health counseling, substance use prevention, and general wellness promotion, she moved back to the area and landed with Partners in Prevention. She is passionate about reducing the stigma associated with mental health and wellness and loves helping others understand how the developing brain of youth affects behavior and attitude. She is a strong believer in the power of family and the role they have in building healthy young adults. Alison is a proud wife and mother to three little ones.

History

The coalition started as a commission in the 1980s when the Wayzata-Plymouth Area Chemical Health Commission launched as a joint effort of the Plymouth Police Department, Wayzata School District stakeholders, and concerned parents who had seen serious consequences of their children’s substance abuse. The initial focus of the commission was student athletes, impaired driving, and lack of community awareness of the effects of alcohol. Over time, the coalition has evolved and broadened its mission by examining more comprehensive approaches to prevention, focusing on all student populations. A couple key turning points in the evolution of PIP have been the participation of the 2001 State Incentive grant (SIG grant) partnered with Hennepin County, the 2011 Drug Free Communities (DFC) Mentoring grant partnered with the Minnetonka School District and receiving a 5-year $625,000 Drug Free Communities Grant starting in 2013.

In The News...

Lakeshore Weekly: Noverdose Panel Talks Opioid Use, March 2017

Sun Sailor: NOverdose Town Hall Meeting, March 2017

The Post Review: The Safety of Our Kids Trumps their Privacy, March 2017

Sun Sailor: Hazelden's Traveling Exhibit Helps Warn Parents of Potential Danger, October 2016

Sun Sailor: A Mission to Uncover the Truth, December 2014

Sun Sailor: Partners in Prevention Steps up Effort to Stamp Out Youth Substance Use, October 2014

Sun Sailor: Partners in Prevention Receives Financial Windfall, September 2013

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