Welcome to CooperRiis, a residential healing community and progressive transitional living program for adults struggling with mental health challenges.
Set in the mountains of Western North Carolina, our healing community offers a unique approach to recovery with a balance of evidence-based clinical therapies, purposeful work, community service, education, and holistic health and wellness practices. From the start, the CooperRiis experience is grounded in hope and guided by a personal Dream Statement to empower residents in their recovery. We believe recovery from mental illness is possible and best achieved when individuals and their families are active participants on the journey ahead.
Through a groundbreaking combination of therapies and activities, CooperRiis has put over 1,300 individuals on a proven path to sustaining their mental health and independence. This would not have been possible without the generosity and support of others.
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The CooperRiis Approach
What We Treat
Committed to a personalized approach to care, we offer a strong clinical, residential treatment programs for adults 18+ after completing inpatient hospitalization care, referred from a clinician, a family member, or another program, and who have been diagnosed with these mental health conditions:
Our evidence-based clinical care is grounded in a supportive community with traditional psychotherapy and group therapies, along with optimized medication use and education to guide residents toward personal long-term care management.
Work & Service
Our Community Work & Service Program on “The Farm” is rooted in the healing power of social engagement and being a part of a community. At “The Farm,” residents spend 15-20 hours a week working as a part of a team that contributes daily to the life of our community campuses. Residents can choose work that inspires and best matches their interests, including horticulture and animal care, cooking and baking, carpentry, landscaping, and drum building.
“CooperRiis at Asheville” structures their days around more clinically intensive groups, individual psychiatry, and psychotherapy for residents.
Our Integrative Wellness Program supports an individual’s mental health recovery through optimal nutrition, fitness goal-setting, mindfulness, and relaxation practices. Residents establish goals for healthy living, improved fitness, and weight maintenance through a personalized wellness plan that tracks progress throughout their stay. Over time, these experiences help inspire and guide residents to better self-awareness and care for lifelong wellbeing.
At CooperRiis, we believe that mental health healing is best achieved not in isolation, but in a caring, compassionate community. We provide a safe and structured treatment setting in which residents and staff work, live, play, dine and create together, and where, together, residents are empowered on their road to recovery.
At CooperRiis, we empower residents to take ownership of their recovery journey. Rather than focus on an illness or mental health diagnosis, we shift the resident’s focus to wellness and possibility. Upon arrival, each resident writes or articulates a personal Dream Statement, laying out their hopes for the future. Throughout the recovery process, the Dream Statement serves as a roadmap for each resident as they work toward their valued goals.
CooperRiis at Asheville
The CooperRiis at Asheville Program is set on four wooded acres in the historic Montford neighborhood of downtown Asheville. The intensive nature of the CooperRiis at Asheville program offers short-term programming that is designed to promote stabilization and develop a foundation for longer-term recovery. It can also offer a potential next step to our longer-term program, The CooperRiis Farm in Mill Spring, our transitional living program, the Asheville Community Program, or another treatment program.
The Farm at Mill Spring Program is our 94-acre working farm located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of horse country 45 minutes south of Asheville. The peaceful, bucolic campus includes an art barn and woodshop, lake, forest trails, and four acres of organic gardens and greenhouses. Farm residents spend the majority of their week on campus, with weekend trips into nearby towns.
Asheville Community Program
We believe in the hope our transitional living program gives our residents and their families as they progress on their journey toward independent living. Our two-phased program, which follows the successful completion of our psychiatric residential program in Asheville, is dedicated to growing and nurturing educational, vocational, social, and life skills over time in a community setting, which leads to a resident living independently with continued support as needed for ongoing life, education and work goals.