Kitty Purington, Senior Program Director
Kitty Purington is a senior program director at NASHP, where she leads the organization’s work on chronic care and vulnerable populations. This work includes state policy issues such as delivery system and payment reform, integrated care, behavioral health, HIV/AIDS, and the intersection of housing and health. Prior to joining NASHP, Kitty served as the Program and Policy Manager for Maine’s Value-Based Purchasing Initiative, overseeing the development of that state’s Medicaid behavioral health home model for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance, as well as the implementation and expansion of its existing health home initiative for Medicaid enrollees with chronic physical health conditions. She has close to 20 years experience in state Medicaid policies that support individuals with behavioral health and other chronic care needs, and has also worked as an attorney focusing on elder law, disability, and health-related issues. Kitty has a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law and a B.A from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.