“After struggling with parochial school, I was diagnosed with ADD and OCD. Soon after, I began attending Brehm and OPTIONS, which helped me through community college and then Southern Illinois University. Thanks to the lessons I’ve learned from Brehm and OPTIONS, I’m only the second person in my family to graduate from college.”


OPTIONS impacts my life in a big way. Working with a Speech and Language Pathologist in both group and individual sessions has vastly improved my language skills. I live on my own and use the strategies I’ve learned to find solutions for my daily issues.

Brad Palmer

We find being a partner in the OPTIONS Internship Program very rewarding. The students we have worked with over the years have all proven to be hard-working, enthusiastic and willing to take on new challenges out of their comfort zone to help them grow as young adults.


I used to be rebellious. I didn’t care about much. I was depressed a lot. When I came to OPTIONS, things really turned around for me and everything got better. I have a great internship that I can build into a career, as well as a new attitude and a great outlook on life.

Dr. Lloyd Burtch

The OPTIONS Program provides golden opportunities to very special students. OPTIONS teaches students how to learn and, therefore, how to succeed at the college level and as citizens.