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At A Glance: Great Circle & Ozark Family Resource Agency

At A Glance: Great Circle & Ozark Family Resource Agency

Great Circle

  • Great Circle is a recognized behavioral health care leader in Missouri, providing services through managed care, accredited education and trauma-informed therapies across the state.
  • With a legacy that dates back 180 years, Great Circle has grown exponentially in the last decade, doubling its outreach and tripling its service locations through expansion and additional mergers with similar organizations that share the mission of serving children and families in difficult circumstances.
  • The agency provides services from 20 locations:
    • Centralized services on five campuses – Columbia, Marshall, Springfield, St. James and St. Louis.
    • Eleven community-based offices – Columbia, Hillsboro, Independence, Kansas City, Kirksville, Lebanon, St. Louis, Springfield and Waynesville.
    • 1,200-acre ranch in Steelville providing experiential and adventure therapy.
    • Newest locations in Doniphan and Poplar Bluff.
  • Great Circle is on target to serve more than 32,000 children, individuals and family members statewide in 2017. It currently has an annual operating budget of $71.1 million and more than 1,400 employees across Missouri.
  • Services provided by Great Circle include:
    • 24-hour specialized care for children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral challenges.
    • Autism services for children on the autism spectrum, including behavior therapy, sensory integration, occupational and family therapy, 24/7 intensive care and respite services.
    • Day program services for children with emotional and educational needs, including intensive outpatient services, partial hospitalization services and a pervasive emotional dysregulation program.
    • Education services with highly trained and experienced teachers and therapists working collaboratively to ensure support and success for youth ages 5-21 with significant emotional and behavioral challenges, or who are on the autism spectrum. The newly opened Great Circle Academy, on the St. Louis campus, is Missouri’s first high school program specifically for teens in recovery from substance use. The nationally accredited schools operate in Columbia, Marshall, Springfield, St. James and St. Louis, and partner with 100 school districts.
    • Home and community-based services include in-home parenting support and crisis intervention, foster care case management, adoption services, counseling, and transitional living and life skills services for older youth.
    • Crisis services at Ozarks Family Resource Center on the Springfield campus for children newborn through age 18 who have been removed from crisis situations, along with job training, life skills and other support for homeless youth.
    • Super curricular programs include therapeutic outdoor activities at a 1,200-acre ranch in Steelville, MO, and a year-round intervention program for young women overcoming trauma.


Ozark Family Resource Agency (OFRA)

  • Formed in 2002 as Ripley County Family Resource Center on the vision and faith of local social worker Diane Silman. It quickly grew to serve seven southeast Missouri counties. The agency’s name was changed in 2008 to better fit its mission of supporting families and children in crisis through emergency shelter, affordable housing and child advocacy.
  • OFRA’s services reach families and children in Butler, Carter, Oregon, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon and Wayne counties.
  • It has offices in Doniphan and Poplar Bluff.
  • OFRA operates the Ozark Foothills Child Advocacy Center, one of 16 assessment centers established by state statute, to serve children who have been victimized or witnessed alleged sexual abuse. Center staff conduct forensic interviews and provide trauma-focused services in a child-friendly setting. The Center serves nine area counties: Butler, Carter, Iron, Oregon, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne.