Josh Prevatt, Children's Case Manager
For Children’s Case Manager Josh Prevatt, coming to work at Maine Behavioral Healthcare’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders (CADD) is like coming home every day.
“My parents met and then started the first adult program at Waban,” Prevatt says. “I grew up in Maine, but moved to Montana after college. There I was a recreation coordinator for a center focused on youth with co-occurring disorders. Coming back to Maine and working at CADD was a wonderful homecoming.”
Prevatt began working at CADD over a year ago and his supervisor, Carissa Cavallaro knew immediately he would be a perfect fit. “During the interview, he was so calm and relatable. These are wonderful qualities for working with children and their families,” Cavallaro said.
“If one of Josh’s clients is in the Day Program at CADD, Josh will check in and spend time with the child,” Clinical Director Dr. Steffanie Brackett says. “He’s able to really see progress. His proximity to our patients lets him jump into a meeting with physicians and teachers and be a voice for the family when they can’t be there. The collaborative approach he provides builds so much trust with these families.”
Prevatt is quick to note that as a child case manager, you work with the whole family – not just the clients. “Families are focused on the stress of the child. Being able to help kids leave the day program and reenter public school – you can see the weight lift off the parents. That’s important because we’re providing a foundation to help this child enter adulthood and have successes. That’s the real motivation for me.”
“Josh’s motivation to support his families is inspiring,” Dr. Brackett says. “He really is an amazing advocate. His dedication and motivation is contagious – we all see it and it drives us to do better.”
As a case manager, there is no standard day and plans can change in a heartbeat. It’s important to focus on being flexible, understanding and compassionate. Dr. Brackett remembered one of Josh’s first clients. “When he went to meet with the mom, she wasn’t comfortable having people in her home, so they had to meet outside on a bench. It was the middle of winter and very cold but Josh didn’t say a word about it. He made sure the mom felt comfortable, that she felt she could trust him and they met outside in the cold for weeks.” Eventually, those meetings moved inside.
“Every experience with every family is different and unique to that family,” Prevatt says. “You have to put others before yourself to be able to give that family what they need. And that means each day is vastly different.”
Prevatt’s goal daily is to ensure his client’s and their families are connected to the necessary community resources.
“CADD empowers families in the community, which is progressively growing in need.” says. “It’s amazing to be a part of something that strives every day to fill that need and help empower these families in our community.”
To learn more about CADD, visit mainebehavioralhealthcare.org/CADD.