Women's and Children's Services

Women & Children Services

Shelly Nolan, MS, LPC, Director of Women’s Services 

Rebecca Petersen, LCSW 

Jennifer M. Lombardi, LCSW
860-576-1387, Jennifer.Lombardi@ct.gov

Bridget Aliaga, MPH 
860-462-8183, Bridget.Aliaga@ct.gov


Treatment and Recovery Services for Women and Families

In recognition of the unique experiences and challenges faced by women seeking treatment for substance use disorders, DMHAS funds specialized and comprehensive programs for women and their children. These include residential treatment, outpatient treatment, and specialized care management for women transitioning from a residential setting to community-based recovery services. 

While programs are located statewide in many communities to allow a woman to remain “local”, she may also attend programs outside her immediate area, based on availability.  The treatment programs are located in both urban and rural settings, thereby offering unique experiences, opportunities and features. 

For more information about each program click on the links listed below. You may also call us for assistance. 

  • Specialty Treatment Programs for Women & Children
  • CT DMHAS Women's Treatment Services BrochureThe listings in this brochure are Women’s Specialty Programs (WSP), including those that enable a woman to bring at least one of her children with her while she lives at the program. All services are tailored to meet the specific needs of women by providing an experience that is trauma responsive and gender informed. Treatment incorporates evidence based practices and evolves to meet the current needs of women in care.
  • Women's REACH Program - The Women’s REACH program is a non-clinical program that offers recovery peer support and case management services to pregnant and parenting women and families impacted by substance use. Women’s Recovery Navigator/Family Recovery Navigator, who are individuals with their own lived experiences, support individuals in accessing a variety of different services that an individual may need as they navigate their recovery and support their parenting needs. There is no wrong door for referrals and participation in REACH services is voluntary.
PROUD (Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorder)

PROUD is a new SAMHSA-funded program for pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders living in the Greater Hartford and New Britain communities. Intercommunity, Inc. and Wheeler Clinic will provide clinical, case management, and recovery coaching services to eligible women and their family members. For more information or to submit a referral, please click on the link below.

Additional DMHAS Women's Services Initiatives
  • ACCESS Mental Health for MOMS - ACCESS Mental Health for Moms offers psychiatric expertise and consultation to medical providers treating perinatal individuals presenting with mental health and/or substance use concerns. For obstetric, pediatric and adult primary care, and psychiatric providers treating pregnant and postpartum patients up to one-year post delivery.
  • Substance Exposed Pregnancy Initiative of CT (SEPI-CT) - The Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Wheeler Clinic, oversees SEPI CT. SEPI-CT works with both providers and families across Connecticut to bring awareness to substance exposure during pregnancy, and to ensure families have access to the treatment, recovery, and support resources they need. For more information and resources, including information on CAPTA and Family Care Plans, visit https://www.sepict.org/
  • CAPTA/Family Care Plan - In CT, CAPTA legislation resulted in the development of a Notification Portal intended to capture blind data on the number of children born exposed to substances over time. A CAPTA notification must also have a Family Care Plan (FCP) verified or developed post birth to avoid a potentially unnecessary 136 report. There is no DCF involvement unless there is suspicion of abuse or neglect. Prenatal substance exposure alone is NOT grounds to substantiate abuse or neglect. For more information and resources on CAPTA and Family Care Plans for individuals, families, and professionals, visit https://www.sepict.org/
  • CT Trauma Initiative
  • Women’s Services Practice Improvement Collaborative (WSPIC)
  • LGBTQ Services
  • One Key Question – Women’s Reproductive Health Webinar 
Additional Resources for Clinicians and Providers

Additional Resources for Women and Families

  • Secure Storage of Medications and Other Substances (video) - This video, created in collaboration with SEPI CT, provides a brief overview on secure storage of medications and substances to ensure the health and safety of your household.
  • Postpartum International – CT Chapter - Postpartum Support International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping those suffering from perinatal mood disorders, the most common complication of childbirth.

  • Hope After Loss -“Hope After Loss provides our services at no cost to the community. It is our hope that those who have suffered a pregnancy and or/ infant loss find comfort and connections within our community.” Services include support groups, individual support, burial and cremation assistance, grief support, outreach and education, and community events.

  • National Maternal Mental Health Hotline - The National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides 24/7, free, confidential support before, during, and after pregnancy.

  • MotherToBaby CT - MotherToBaby CT provides free, confidential, up-to-date information on all types of exposures for individuals who are considering a pregnancy, pregnant, or nursing. This service can also provide information to health care providers.

  • Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) - CCADV is a membership organization of Connecticut's 18 domestic violence service agencies that provide critical support to victims including safety planning, emergency shelter, court advocacy, counseling & support groups, among other services.


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