Kathy Kuiper, BS, CCHW

RIPIN Resource Coordinator
Office of Special Needs
Rhode Island Department of Health

Three Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5097
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Kathy Kuiper, BS, CCHW, works as the Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) Resource Coordinator at the Office of Special Needs, Rhode Island Department of Health. She is a mother of three and has extensive experience helping others navigate Rhode Island’s systems of supports for children and adults with special needs. Kathy is a longtime mentor to the Rhode Island Department of Health Youth Advisory Council and has helped numerous young people develop their leadership and advocacy skills.

Kathy coordinates RI Medical Home Portal (MHP) that provides current vetted tools and a RI Service Directory for providers, families, and caregivers caring for children with special needs. Kathy understands the importance of having reliable information available 24/7 and wishes this resource was available 30 years ago when her eldest son was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis complex. As her son’s main caregiver, Kathy walks the fine line of ensuring his safety while recognizing his desire for active social media accounts and independence in his own apartment. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Charter Oak College.

No conflicts of interest (09/22/2022)