Lisa Tomaka, MS, MPA, has 25 years of experience in children’s mental health, wraparound, and systems of care. Lisa’s primary responsibilities with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute focus on assisting with the implementation and coordination of children’s mental health service systems and preparation for child welfare systems change. She served as a co-lead for a comprehensive children’s behavioral health system assessment in Harris County. Lisa was the project lead for a statewide trauma-informed care practice assessment, a comprehensive children’s behavioral health system assessment in North Texas, and a system assessment and demonstration project in Dallas, Texas, for school- and community-based behavioral and mental health services for youth. Lisa was also part of a team that completed an environmental scan of Harris County to help the region prepare for changes in the child welfare system.
Prior to working with MMHPI, Lisa was instrumental in redesigning children’s mental health service delivery in El Paso, Texas. She has also developed and implemented a college readiness program for at-risk minority high school students and several evidence-based prevention and early intervention programs for families at risk of child welfare system involvement.