Health and Family Services Cabinet
Cabinet for Health and Family Services Names Deputy Secretary
Eric Friedlander Named to Post
Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary (CHFS) Janie Miller announced today that Eric Friedlander, a longtime CHFS official, has been named deputy secretary of the cabinet.
Friedlander’s most recent roles are as a policy adviser and acting commissioner of the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities.
A graduate of Antioch University, he began his state government career in 1985 with the Office of Certificate of Need and Health Planning. Since then, he served in the CHFS Office of Inspector General for 10 years and directed the Family Resource and Youth Services Centers program.
He also served as manager of the budget branch of the previous Cabinet for Health Services and as executive director of the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs, which provides care for children with physical disabilities.
While at the commission, Friedlander demonstrated his commitment to youth and family involvement, launching the commission’s first Youth Advisory Council and Parent Advisory Council.
“It is vitally important to me that we get the perspective of those we serve, as well as that of our staff, as we design and implement programs,” Friedlander said.
“Eric has served the cabinet well for 25 years, in a variety of roles across the agency,” Miller said. “His broad range of experience in the cabinet will be invaluable in the development and delivery of human service programs,” Miller said.