CooperRiis Healing Community
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 trusted 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.
The CooperRiis Approach
What We Treat
Committed to a personalized approach to care, we offer residential treatment programs for adults diagnosed with these mental health conditions:
Our 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 Work & Service Program is rooted in the healing power of social engagement and being a part of a community. At CooperRiis, residents spend 20 hours a week, working as a part of a team that contributes daily to life on 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.
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.
Known as “85Z,” our city campus is set on four wooded acres in the historic Montford neighborhood, close to downtown and the University of North Carolina at Asheville. It features a horticulture room, an art studio, woodshop, exercise facilities and vegetable and herb gardens. Most Asheville campus residents travel around the area to community work sites and activities.
Mill Spring Campus
“The Farm” campus is our 94-acre working farm located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of horse country. 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.
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 successful completion of the residential program in Asheville or Mill Spring, 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.