The Link & Option Center, Inc., is a comprehensive, nonprofit 501(c)3 human services organization and Community Mental Health Center and Certified Behavioral Health Clinic, that continues its commitment to being personally responsive to the plight of children, youth, adults and families’ most indigenous barriers to opportunities since its foundation in 1995.
Ms. Twin Green started the agency in response to struggles her teenage son was experiencing. He struggled to set himself apart from negative forces in the community, which led him down a path away from positive influences and towards educational problems and delinquency. As she worked with her son, Ms. Green discovered that her God-given talent was to inspire unfocused youth to stay in school, rise above their situations and strive to achieve their fullest potential.
The initial purpose of the agency was to stimulate and support the education and knowledge of African-American and other minority young adults between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one in the South Suburban Cook County area by helping to strengthen their academic skills, make the transition to post-secondary education and define their career goals. ScholarShop, a college prep and career development transition program, was the first flagship program offered by TLOC.
The Link & Option Center, Inc.’s Mission is to empower youth and families with quality prevention and intervention services, coordinating and integrating services among systems of care, schools and community resources.
The Link & Option Center, Inc. Envisions an integrated system of care built on bonded collaborative relationships that promote positive decision making qualities in youth, adults and families, enhance self-worth, and foster cultural pride for economic growth opportunities needed to build healthier families and communities.
The growing demands of the community for human services have led TLOC to widen its scope and purpose to include prevention, intervention and other public safety-type services.
Services now include Integrated care of medical, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment, Mobile Crisis Response Services, ER Triage Assessment, Comprehensive Hospital Discharge Planning, Integrated Care Coordination, Case Management, Domestic Violence Counseling, DUI Evaluation and Education; Cook County Adult Probation Treatment Services, IDOC Reentry Transitional Services, 6th District Youth Court Diversion, Emergency Services for Homeless Prevention and Housing Stabilization; Certified Medicaid and SSI/SSDI Application Services; Health Insurance Services;, Community Resource and Referral Services; Housing and Credit Counseling, Workforce Development; WorkKeys - National Career Readiness Certification Testing.