Kitty Purington, J.D., joined the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) in January 2009 and focuses on behavioral health policy. She was most recently the director of government and regulatory affairs at Community Counseling Center in Portland, Maine. Ms. Purington previously worked at the state’s Mental Health Provider Association as a policy analyst, and with the state’s National Alliance on Mental Illness affiliate on mental health advocacy and managed care. She has also worked as an attorney, focusing on elder law, disability, and health-related issues. She has a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law.