Eric Foster guides the development of public policy recommendations for internal and external programming and research activities supporting IADDAís mission and strategic objectives for a statewide, comprehensive system of community-based Substance Use Disorder (SUD) prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. Mr. Foster is actively engaged in statewide committee and workgroup discussions to ensure SUD prevention, treatment and recovery support services are a continued priority as the state rolls out implementation of Medicaid Managed Care, Care Coordination efforts, Medicaid Expansion, and other healthcare reform initiatives in Illinois.
Mr. Foster has over 17 years of experience working in the field of addictions. Prior to joining IADDA in 2009, he served as the Director of Outpatient Services for The South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse; he has worked with children and teens from families of domestic violence; and was an educational trainer on the relationship between alcohol, drugs, and domestic violence. He holds a Masterís Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago, Social Services Administration; a Bachelorís degree in Social Work from Illinois State University, and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.