Helpful Links and Resources


Mental Health Communities of Hope and Healing

The American Residential Treatment Association was formed in 1992 to promote and enhance residential mental health treatment.

The Member organizations of ARTA offer a variety of services and are able to respond to a wide range of needs. Listing in our directory reflects membership and does not imply any specific recommendation or endorsement. Any of our members will be happy to talk with you about their programs and how they might address your specific set of circumstances.

Members of ARTA meet twice yearly in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to discuss matters of joint concern and to direct the actions of ARTA.


The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care

The Foundation's mission is to promote better mental health outcomes. We do so by identifying, developing, and sharing knowledge with the public about mental health care that best helps people recover and live well in society. We promote improvements in mental health care by sponsoring research and the development of programs designed to help people thrive--physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.


The Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS)

How can one person inspired with compassion meaningfully assist so many others that are immersed in poverty, abuse, hunger, or exclusion? This question is prevalent on the minds of many young students right after graduation. Filled with enthusiasm and high aspirations, they often lack the focus or the connections to know where to start. Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) offers these bright and energetic individuals both the opportunities and the connections to make a practical difference in the world around them. Not only youth, but adults of any age, may also invest a period of their lives in service by participating in BVS.

American Horticultural Therapy Association

This Association has helped horticultural therapy gain acceptance as a unique and dynamic human service program. AHTA is the only US organization concerned with the promotion and development of HT programming. More than 800 individuals and organizations located across the US, Canada, Japan, and beyond, are members.


Mental Health America (Formerly Mental Health Association)

With over a century of advocacy, public education, and the delivery of programs and services, Mental Health America is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives.

Stop It Now!

Stop It Now! prevents the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed. We provide support, information and resources to keep children safe and create healthier communities. Since 1992, we have identified, refined and shared effective ways for individuals, families and communities to act to prevent child sexual abuse before children are harmed - and to get help for everyone involved.


The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychoses

ISPS, formerly called the International Symposium for the Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia, was initiated in 1956 by Drs. Gaetano Benedetti and Christian Müller to go beyond a biological-reductionistic orientation and to gain a psychoanalytic understanding of the complex illness of schizophrenia. The Symposia promoted dialogue and multidisciplinary interaction, enriching our knowledge of the psychological and experiential aspect of the illness. David Feinsilver, M.D. launched the United States branch of ISPS on October 10, 1998 aiming to join "with other professionals and lay people to promote the humane, comprehensive, and in-depth treatment of psychotic illnesses." He noted that "...having the dual responsibility of providing care for both the external reality-oriented functioning as well as internal, psychological realities can help therapists have a particularly integrative effect on the disintegrative tendencies of their patients."


The National Association of Theraputic Schools and Programs

The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs serves as an advocate and resource for innovative organizations which devote themselves to society's need for the effective care and education of struggling young people and their families.

Our vision is a nation of healthy children. We are the voice inspiring, nurturing, and advancing the courageous work of our schools and programs.


The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

(NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders.


The Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce

Contains information about the area where the CooperRiis Farm is located. Historic Saluda, Tryon, and Columbus and six townships, including Mill Spring, that make up the heart of the 234 miles of rural Polk County.

Located in the central Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills, the area is known for its mild climate due to the "Thermal Belt." Warm air settles and moderates the temperatures — cooler in summer and warmer in winter. This phenomenon allows for outdoor activities and events to be enjoyed throughout the seasons.


The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce

Contains in-depth information about Asheville, NC. Located just a short distance from the CooperRiis Asheville Campus, 85Z and many of the CooperRiis community programs homes.


Subtle Yoga

Subtle Yoga is a transformative, therapeutic and balancing practice with postures that are accessible to most people and adaptable to most abilities.

Subtle Yoga is powerful, but it's not dangerous. It is a bridge between traditional ashram yoga and today's fitness-based yoga. Rooted in the yoga tradition, Subtle Yoga can take you to the deeper more contemplative dimensions of yoga. Subtle Yoga helps you understand how you learn about yoga and yourself, so that you can then use those skills to actualize your life and accomplish your goals.


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