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About The Consortium

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Formally established as a response to New Haven’s high infant mortality rates in 1998, The Connecticut Women’s Consortium’s past reflects decades of growth. In 2002, and with the creation of The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ (DMHAS) “Trauma Initiative,” The Consortium incorporated elements of trauma-informed practices and teachings. In subsequent years, DMHAS’ Trauma Initiative transformed into the Trauma and Gender (TAG) project and the Consortium flourished as Connecticut’s leading educational resource on trauma-informed and gender-responsive care.

For decades, The Connecticut Women’s Consortium has aimed to provide quality gender-informed and trauma-responsive training to Connecticut’s behavioral health professionals.  In its infancy, the Consortium offered a minimal catalog of ten annual trainings; but in recent years, the Consortium has grown to host hundreds of annual trainings as well as several national level conferences and to pioneer advocacy efforts on trauma, gender, and behavioral healthcare in the state of Connecticut.  

We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.

Our Mission

The mission of the Connecticut Women's Consortium is to ensure that the behavioral health system responds to the needs of women and the people and organizations that affect them.

Panel discussion at the Consortium's conference
Our Mission
Women posing at CWC event

Our Vision

We envision that behavioral health care systems serving women will be accessible, effective, and practice holistic, trauma-informed and gender-responsive care. To achieve this vision, we strive to eliminate discrimination and promote excellence in the care for women through education, training, advocacy, and policy development.

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