Park County: Crisis Intervention Services Gets $400,000 for Essential Renovation | Big Horn Basin Media

Park County: Crisis Intervention Services Gets $400,000 for Essential Renovation

Written by on January 19, 2023

Crisis Intervention Services has secured a sizable grant to renovate its Cody location to better meet the growing needs of the Park County community.

Crisis Intervention Services (C.I.S.) has received a $411,863.35 Community Development Block grant (C.D.B.G.) from the Wyoming Community Development Authority (W.C.D.A.) to renovate its Cody facility at 1220/1226 13th Street.

“Finally, we are seeing this dream come true so we can better serve the needs of all Park County,” stated Lisa Peterman, executive director of Crisis Intervention Services.  “While our plans had to evolve to meet grant and funding requirements, we are confident that the future CIS facilities will be a wonderful asset to all those we serve.”

The renovation will include a complete update of the facility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, provide sufficient office space, and meet current building code requirements.  The planned updates anticipate space for supervised visitation and custody exchanges to meet the needs of the community and the courts.

Crisis Intervention Services will temporarily be located in the Park County Complex during construction – but their work and assistance will continue as usual.

The Park County Commissioners are donating office space to C.I.S. at the Park County Complex on Stampede Avenue during construction.  C.I.S. will announce and advertise its move from 13th Street to the Park County Complex in February.

From 2012 to 2017, C.I.S. held a capital campaign and raised $105,000 in private funds during that five-year period. Those funds have been held and earmarked by C.I.S. and will now be used as working capital on this long-anticipated project.

The COVID epidemic delayed C.I.S.’s original plans and timelines.

“As we have adapted to increasing costs and delays, we’ve come to recognize our current location is an asset upon which we can build,” Peterson said.

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Peterman stated that the current goal of C.I.S. is to have several improvement phases to address additional needs at both the Cody and Powell facilities.

Bids for construction will be requested sometime in February once the Environmental Review is completed and the contract between C.I.S. and the W.C.D.A. is executed.

C.I.S. is launching a second capital campaign to help with construction overages and expenses not covered by grants, including furnishings and appliances.  An On-Line Auction is currently scheduled for April 2023, but Peterman stressed the importance of private donations.

“The people in Park County have been just wonderful to CIS.  But given the current economic state, I would urge everyone to think about keeping charitable giving at home and to consider making CIS a beneficiary of some of that charitable giving.”

Donations can be made directly to Crisis Intervention Service at P.O. Box 1324, Cody or on the C.I.S. website.

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