2022 Forty under 40: Douglas Huntsinger

Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement
Chairman, Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse, Office of Governor Eric J. Holcomb

As Senior Advisor to Governor Eric Holcomb and a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, Douglas Huntsinger oversees the coordination of the Governor’s Next Level Recovery Initiative, Indiana’s response to the drug crisis. What makes the job interesting, he said, is seeing people recovering. Huntsinger interacts with Hoosiers at all stages of recovery who have sought help and are in the process of rebuilding their lives.

Arrive here: Huntsinger started at the front desk of Governor Mitch Daniels’ office and over the next eight years held various positions there, ending as director of policy for 13 state agencies. When Daniels left office, Huntsinger joined the Indiana State Fair Commission to help improve operations, modernize the governance structure, and manage the day-to-day operations of the state’s largest event. In 2017, he went to work with Jim McClelland, the state’s first drug czar, as deputy director of drug prevention, treatment and enforcement. He succeeded McClelland, who retired in January 2020.

First job: He taught swimming and lifeguarding at his local pool.

Moments of pride: The addiction treatment and recovery infrastructure he helped build in the state. Since 2017, Indiana has expanded residential treatment beds by 213% and increased access to outpatient treatment, and is a national leader in providing recovery supports, a key component in ensuring that Hoosiers suffering from substance use disorders have a stable place to go after their treatment. More recently, the state deployed street teams to Indiana communities with high overdose rates and expanded access to naloxone, a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses.

Influential people: His parents, Dennis and Cathy, who were both high school teachers for 34 years at the school he attended. “My parents’ 49 years of marriage and the time my dad wouldn’t let me quit Little League midway through the season are testament to their lessons in commitment and keeping your word,” he said. declared.

Discounts: Vice Chairman of the Indianapolis Equal Opportunity Advisory Council; member of the board of directors, Damien Center (and member of the executive committee)

Break time : traveling, spending time with family.•

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