Website: greatcircle.org

Funded Program(s)

Autism Respite

2020-2022 Core Award - $680,000.00

The Autism Respite program offers a much-needed break to families dealing with the stress that accompanies the unique challenges of caring for children with special needs. The program's goal is to reduce this stress and keep families intact. Respite allows parents to "recharge their batteries" and focus on other areas in their life, such as spending time with other family members, completing household tasks, participating in recreational activities, focusing on self-care, and other activities that can be more difficult while caring for a child with an autism spectrum disorder. Services can be provided in the home or on-site at Great Circle's Respite House. Both settings provide a safe option for parents and emphasize development of the child's independent living and interpersonal skills. The program identifies individualized goals for each child, while working to increase each child's ability to function more independently both in the home and community setting.

Fostering Futures

2020-2022 Core Award - $950,000.00

Fostering Futures is a family stabilization program that provides in-home services for St. Louis County children between the ages of 3 and 19 along with their caregivers. Fostering Futures offers three structured tracks including Community Based, Stabilization, and Reunification. The Community Based track provides interventions designed to assist families in staying together when a youth is at risk of removal from the home. The Stabilization track is for youth who have been placed into foster care and are residing with a foster or relative family to prevent numerous out-of-home moves. The Reunification track helps support youth during the transition from out-of-home care back to their families.

Intensive Outpatient Program

2020-2022 Core Award - $250,000.00

Great Circle's Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program (PHP/IOP) is an intensive treatment program that consists of group therapy, family therapy, individual therapy, and psychiatry services. The program serves children between the ages of 6-19 based upon medical necessity. The program runs on average six weeks, but can go longer or shorter based on client need. The basis of the adolescent program is centered around DBT treatment. The six to twelve week program is focused on the topic of emotional regulation. This program is the perfect bridge for clients who are stepping down from a residential or inpatient treatment, and need that extra layer of support as they readjust to being back at home. IOP is the logical step up in treatment when a client might be struggling with individual therapy alone, and may need the additional support that can't be provided in a one-on-one intervention.

School Based Prevention Program

2020-2022 Core Award - $925,000.00

The Therapeutic Mentoring program serves as an early intervention tool for children and youth through therapeutic groups and individual mentoring. Services are provided to students who attend targeted elementary schools in the Ferguson-Florissant and Riverview Gardens School Districts. Candidates for the program are identified and recommended by school staff. Services provided focus on character improvement, academic success, and emotional regulation.

School-Based Mental Health Program

2020-2022 Core Award - $1,125,000.00

The School-Based Mental Health Program provides individual therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, and case management services to students in the Ferguson-Florissant and Riverview Gardens School Districts who either have a mental health diagnosis or present with symptoms that may lead to a mental health diagnosis.