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Catholic Charities of Maine names Dr. Jessica Manaker 2013 Provider of the Year

Posted Dec. 20, 2013, at 3:11 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Catholic Charities of Maine’s Case Management staff recently presented Dr. Jessica Manaker, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at Community Health and Counseling Services, with the 2013 Provider of the Year Award. She received the award at a reception held in her honor at the CHCS office in Bangor. Several staff from both organizations were on hand to surprise and congratulate her at the reception.

 Dr. Manaker worked for CHCS 6 years prior to 2010 and recently returned to work at CHCS in May of 2013. She works with a NurseTeam to serve communities of Bangor, Ellsworth and Lincoln. CCM’s Case Management program helps at-risk children and their families as they struggle and cope with mental health issues, developmental disorders, and chronic medical conditions.

 Ken Rautiola, LMSW-cc, Clinical Supervisor of the Children’s Case Management program at CCM presented her with the framed award after reading a few words about her to the audience. “Dr. Manaker consistently advocates for her clients to remove obstacles within the mental health system.  She always finds the time to consult with family or providers outside of scheduled appointment times. She has an extreme willingness and desire to participate in client team meetings and is always willing to collaborate with providers to meet the needs of clients in a crisis situation or with escalated needs,” Rautiola stated.

 Elesia Moore, Children’s Case Manager with CCM also shared why the team chose Dr. Manaker as the 2013 Provider of the Year. “Dr. Manaker knows her patients. She can pull up what is going on with them out of her memory bank, which is pretty amazing considering how many clients she has had over the years.  She always responds to emails the same day and

gives solid information about what she thinks should happen.  She reaches out to the case manager when needed. If there is something she thinks is important for me to know, she will call to tell me rather than wait for the family or until the next time I see her.  She makes non-medication recommendations and is honest with the families when the concern may need another approach. She does a good job explaining why she is switching medications and what is expected of the new medication,” said Moore.

 Dr. Manaker graciously accepted the award stating that she was also very thankful that CCM staff were easy to work with and made her job that much easier.

 Community Health and Counseling Services (CHCS) is a private, non profit community home health, hospice and mental health services provider, serving individuals and their families living in eastern, central and northern Maine. CHCS is both licensed by the State of Maine and certified by Medicare as a home health and hospice provider.

 Inspired by scripture and the Church’s social teaching, Catholic Charities empowers and strengthens individuals and families of all faiths, by providing innovative, community-based social services throughout Maine.

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