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Great Circle Expands Services to Southeast Missouri

Great Circle has broadened its spectrum of care to one of Missouri’s highest-needs areas – southeast Missouri – thanks to a recent merger with Ozark Family Resource Agency (OFRA), which has offices in Doniphan and Poplar Bluff. The merger was effective November 16.

“We’ve long been anxious to bring our high-quality programs to southeast Missouri,” said Vince Hillyer, Great Circle’s president and chief executive officer. “Today, we are focusing on continuing services without interruption for those families who’ve been working with OFRA. Looking ahead to 2018, we’ll be rapidly expanding to deliver a wider array of behavioral health-focused programs and services to vulnerable children and families.”

Great Circle also continues to operate the Ozark Foothills Child Advocacy Center, one of only 16 such centers in the state that conduct forensic interviews and provide trauma-focused services for children who’ve been victimized or witnessed alleged sexual abuse.

Founded in Doniphan in 2002 as the Ripley County Family Resource Center, OFRA was renamed in 2008 to reflect its expanded regional focus. Its programs and the Advocacy Center serve nine area counties – Butler, Carter, Iron, Oregon, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne.

Dr. Kelly Wilkerson-Dullenty, chair of OFRA’s board of directors, said the merger is a positive step for “families in our community who deserve access to both strong medical and mental health care. By bringing Great Circle’s strengths and passionate care to southeast Missouri, we can better guide those in circumstances beyond their control toward a place where they can thrive.”

Great Circle’s expertise includes providing family support and parent education, psychological services, 24-hour specialized care, autism services and specialized education. “Children and families in southeast Missouri now have greater access to all those resources,” said Hillyer. “Mental health is a critical component of overall health, so addressing proper mental health needs is essential in creating an adequate safety net.

“To accomplish that, we’ll be seeking input from area organizations and developing partnerships to help us map out an effective strategy that meets the community’s greatest needs,” he added.

With Doniphan and Poplar Bluff serving as regional service hubs, the merger brings Great Circle’s total number of Missouri locations to 20. That includes multiple community-based offices, an outdoor adventure ranch in Steelville, and five main campuses in Columbia, Marshall, Springfield, St. James and St. Louis. Great Circle’s statewide staff of 1,400 will serve more than 32,000 children and individuals in 2017.

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