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Veterans Health Administration Lisa M. Pape serves as the Executive Director for Care Management and Social Work for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). She is the principal clinical advisor to the VA officials on the development and oversight of programs, delivery and evaluation of services and clinical practices of VA's social work, transition care management and caregiver workforce. She oversees VA's Fisher House Programs, Temporary Lodging Programs, Caregiver Support Programs, VA Transition and Care Management Programs, Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Programs, and social work university and college affiliations. She leads over 13,000 graduate-level social workers and nearly 1,500 social work graduate trainees in VA medical centers and outpatient clinics nationwide. Ms. Pape has almost 30 years of experience in the Veterans Health Administration, holding progressively responsible leadership positions. Ms. Pape served as VHA’s Acting Chief of Staff for the Veterans Health Administration, responsible for coordinating policies, plans and operational approaches designed to most effectively carry out VHA’s mission. She also served as Chief Officer for Policy and Services as the senior advisor to the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Policy and Services. Ms. Pape lead a game changing effort as the Executive Director of VHA’s Homeless Programs. She led the VA in reducing Veteran homelessness nationwide by 49 percent over 6 years. Her work involved implementation of homeless programs across the VA Hospital System to provide homeless prevention services, outreach, treatment, transitional and permanent housing solutions and supportive services. She was responsible for executing more than a 1.5-Billion-dollar budget for specialized homeless services. She is a recognized subject matter expert in leading and developing programs for Veterans who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Prior to her position as the Executive Director of the Homeless Program, Ms. Pape served as the National Director of Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs in the Office of Patient Care Services (2006 - 2010). She was responsible for 234 programs that consisted of more than 8,400 operational beds that provided residential rehabilitation for those with substance use and mental health issues. Ms. Pape holds numerous professional achievement and service awards, including the prestigious Presidential Rank Award, awarded to 3 percent of career Senior Executive Service. The Senior Executive Service is a corps of approximately 7,000 men and women who administer public programs at the top levels of federal government. She is also a recipient of the National Association of Social Workers Ruth Knee /Milton Wittman Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health and Mental Health Policy (2012), The Samuel J. Heyman Citizen Services Medal Recipient (Team Award) (2012) and a Meritorious Service Award, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (2012). She also is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the State of Ohio since 1991 and she has several published articles on homelessness.
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