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Statement from Great Circle:

May 17, 2019 - Great Circle is privileged to employ a dedicated statewide team of 1,400 employees, who every day provide a wide range of behavioral health services to children and families facing difficult circumstances. Our organization provides counseling, specialized education, in-home and community-based services as well as 24/7 care. Nearly 45,000 children and families turn to us in great need each year.

On May 7, Great Circle was made aware of an investigation by the Webster Groves Police Department related to some circumstances at its Webster Groves facility. As part of this investigation, charges were brought against President and CEO Vince Hillyer. Hillyer has been placed on administrative leave, is not involved in Great Circle’s day-to-day operations and has no contact or involvement with any client in Great Circle’s care. Great Circle is cooperating fully with those investigating this matter.

Paula Fleming and John Money, now serving as co-President/CEOs, bring a combined 38 years of experience at Great Circle and extensive behavioral health expertise to their role. Members of the executive committee of the Board of Directors have been actively engaged and present on campus supporting the executive management team.

Based on allegations made about the climate at Great Circle and in deep commitment to those we serve, we have taken the following actions:

  • Great Circle has retained outside legal counsel to conduct an independent, internal investigation.
  • We have asked executive leadership to reinforce to staff our commitment to providing the highest quality treatment and the importance of raising any questions or concerns they may have about issues related to client treatment or behavior at any time.
  • We will take all additional internal and external steps as necessary to ensure Great Circle operates in the highest professional manner.

As Great Circle’s Board of Directors, we must ensure our organization’s ability to provide vital services needed by our clients. And we continue to welcome rigorous, independent, third-party review of our programs, which includes accreditation by The Joint Commission.

There is a tremendous need for behavioral health services for children and youth in our communities. We know the services provided by Great Circle are essential to meeting those needs. Our top priority remains caring for our clients in a safe and supportive environment, ensuring their well-being.

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