Trauma and Gender Practice Improvement Collaborative

The TAG Initiative


The Trauma and Gender Practice Improvement Collaborative (TAG Initiative) is a collaboration between the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Connecticut Women’s Consortium (CWC), and providers. TAG promotes best practices in trauma-informed, gender-responsive behavioral health care in Connecticut by providing best practices, recommendations, tools, trainings, national/local experts and networking opportunities.


Many of the trauma-specific models and gender-specific models recommended by TAG have become part of the biannual training catalog of the CWC, while the CWC facilitates training, events and ongoing education for the initiative.


Meetings & Projects


Trauma and Gender Agencies Project 

A 2-year program where DMHAS-funded agencies were selected to receive training and technical assistance. Experts included: Stephanie Covington Ph.D., Eileen Russo, MA, Steve Bistran, MA, Colette Anderson, LCSW, Julienne Giard, MSW, Linda Lentini, and Kathleen Callahan on gender-responsive, trauma-informed care. Thirty-four agencies have been trained in the process over thirteen years.


Contact Kathleen Callahan  


For similar projects funded by Hope & Grace Fund and Community Foundation For Greater New Haven, see Women & Children's TAG and Criminal Justice TAG. 


Trauma and Gender (TAG) Learning Collaborative

Aims to provide learning resources; ongoing consultation; opportunities for mentorship on becoming trauma responsive; and, expanded opportunities such as lunch-and-learns, webinars, and workshops to all DMHAS funded and operated agencies. 


The first meeting of the TAG Learning Collaborative will be on

Thursday, October 4th, 2018, 9:30 – 11:30 am

at the CWC, 2321 Whitney Avenue, Suite 401, Hamden, CT 06518.


Meetings will then occur bi-monthly, on the first Thursday of the month

(even months: February, April, June, August, October, December).

Co-Chairs are Colette Anderson and Nydia Rios-Benitez


Contact Kathleen Callahan


Trauma Quarterly Meetings

Allows providers to share the strengths and challenges of sustaining trauma-informed services. The quarterly meetings are the 2nd Thursday,

March, June, September, December and 9:30-11:30 am at CVH.



9:30 am, CVH Page Hall, Room 217

September 13 - Dan Brockett on Adolescent/Young Brain Development 

December 13 - Linda Lentini, Self-Care


Co-Chair and Contact Eileen Russo


WSPIC Bimonthly Meetings 

provide information on best practices in gender-responsive care for women’s specialty programs at DMHAS.


The bimonthly meetings are usually the 4th Wednesday of March, May, July, September, November, and January beginning at 9:30 am at The CWC.


September 26, 2018

November 28, 2018


Co-chairs are  Colette Anderson, CWC & Kimberly Karanda, DMHAS. 



Contact Sheila Kinscherf


2005 - Present


Lead Agencies


Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services 


The Connecticut Women’s Consortium 


Funding from the


Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services


Similar Projects


Women & Children's TAG

Criminal Justice TAG


More Information
Trauma Matters 
Trauma Directory
DMHAS’s Trauma Initiative  
DMHAS’s WSPIC Initiative


Documents & Tools

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