Michael Meehan Becomes Great Circle’s First Chief Clinical Officer
Position Oversees All Missouri & Kansas Programs for Children & Families
(St. Louis – December 7, 2020) – Great Circle is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Meehan, PhD, as the nonprofit’s first chief clinical officer. In the newly created role, Meehan oversees clinical fidelity for the agency’s programs and services, including the full integration of trauma-informed care.
Great Circle helps nearly 43,000 children and families each year by providing a wide range of behavioral health services through more than 40 programs across Missouri and eastern Kansas. In addition to community-based services that focus on strengthening and preserving families, Great Circle also offers specialized education and residential treatment services from five campuses and 13 community offices.
“The addition of a Chief Clinical Officer reflects Great Circle’s deep commitment to the best behavioral health care possible,” said Paula Fleming, Great Circle’s president and chief executive officer. “The challenges of those we serve have never been more acute. Our goal is to ensure the broad spectrum of services we offer are culturally strong and fully aligned with our trauma-informed care approach. Dr. Meehan’s broad experience makes him an excellent fit for the position.”
Meehan joined Great Circle in September and brings more than 30 years of experience working with children and families in clinical and community settings. He most recently served as executive director at the St. Louis-based Good Shepherd Children & Family Services, and previously served in leadership roles at Epworth Children & Family Services, Hopewell Center and Hawthorn Children’s Psychiatric Hospital, all in the St. Louis area. A licensed psychologist, he is an adjunct instructor of psychology at Maryville University and has served as a board member of various child- and Catholic-affiliated organizations. Meehan received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Loyola University in Chicago.
Of his decision to join Great Circle, Meehan said, “When I started in this field, I wanted to make a difference one life at a time working as a therapist. Now, I’m part of an organization that is a transformative presence for all families in the communities we serve. By living out our vision in a way that’s consistent with our values, lives will be changed for the better.”Great Circle’s mission is to reshape vulnerable lives through a community of partners, teachers and leaders that strengthen families and give children the confidence to create brighter futures. Its behavioral health services include 24-hour care and crisis services, education and day treatment services for children with emotional/behavioral disorders or who are on the autism spectrum, and community-based services, including parental support programs, foster/adoptive care, assessments, crisis management and family stabilization. To learn more about Great Circle, visit www.greatcircle.org.