Women’s Services Practice Improvement Collaborative is a partnership of the Connecticut Women's Consortium, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and women's specialty service providers funded by DMHAS. WSPIC focuses on improving behavioral health services for women through expert panels and presenters on best practices in gender-responsive and trauma-informed programming. WSPIC Bimonthly Meetings have a gender-responsive focus for women’s services and are a subcommittee of the Trauma and Gender Practice Improvement Collaborative.


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


September 26, 2018, 9:30-11:30am

November 28, 2018, 9:30-11:30am


WSPIC Guidelines


WSPIC has developed the following treatment guidelines for implementing gender-responsive care for women with substance use disorders. There are three sets of guidelines the full version, the core version (a more concise guide), and a version for co-ed programs.



WSPIC Programs


  • Family and Children's Agency (FCA) - Project Reward

  • Chemical Abuse Services Agency (CASA)- Project Courage

  • Liberation Programs, Inc - Families in Recovery Program

  • The Connection, Inc.

    • Women's Recovery Support Program

    • Women and Children's Center

    • Mother's Retreat

    • Hallie House

    • Women's Services of Groton

  • APT Foundation- Access Center & Amethyst House

  • Community Health Resources - New Life Center

  • Wheeler Clinic - Lifeline

  • InterCommunity - Coventry House

  • Midwestern Connecticut Council on Alcoholism (MCCA) - Women and Children's Program

  • Wellmore

    • Wellmore Behavioral Health Outpatient

    • Women and Children's Program

  • Connecticut Valley Hospital- STAR Program


2005 - Present


Lead Agencies

  • Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services 

  • The Connecticut Women’s Consortium 

  • Advanced Behavioral Health 


Funding from the

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)


See DMHAS's WSPIC page > Learn More



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