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Dr. Eric A. Levine joined mental health healing community April 15, 2019

 

Dr. Eric A. Levine
Dr. Eric A. Levine

CooperRiis, a residential mental health treatment community in western North Carolina, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Eric A. Levine as its new President & CEO.

Levine is the former Executive Director of ClearView Communities, a 36-bed residential treatment program in Frederick, Maryland, for adults with serious and persistent mental health challenges. He replaces Michael Groat, Ph.D., who departed CooperRiis this month for a new role as Chief Clinical Officer at Silver Hill Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut.

“With more than 30 years working in education and mental health, Eric brings vast experience helping individuals affected by the challenges of mental illness and disabilities move toward healthy and fulfilling lives,” said Donald R. Cooper, CooperRiis Board Chair & Co-Founder. “We are fortunate to have him joining our healing community and look forward to the positive impact he’ll have on our residents, their families, and our staff.”

Levine began his career as a special education teacher, later overseeing schools for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disabilities. In 2005, he founded Eric A. Levine and Associates, an educational consulting firm that helps children and their families in the Washington-Baltimore metro areas find appropriate services.

Levine earned a doctorate in Education Leadership (Ed.D.), an Ed.S. in Career Transition and Assessment, and a master’s in Special Education from George Washington University, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Community Integration and is a member of the Frederick County (Md.) Board of Education Strategic Special Education Work Group.

“I’m a believer in programs that maintain possibility and hope as core values. CooperRiis is a place where people come to heal and learn new skills to help them better manage the challenges they’re experiencing so they can return to their lives,” said Levine. “I’m excited to be collaborating with the highly skilled and motivated staff of professionals at CooperRiis as we work toward improving the lives of individuals impeded by mental health challenges.”

About CooperRiis Healing Community

Founded by Donald R. Cooper and Lisbeth Riis Cooper, CooperRiis is a residential healing community in western North Carolina, with a rural campus on a 94-acre farm and an urban campus in the heart of Asheville. Since 2003, CooperRiis has been helping adults living with mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, major depression and anxiety, achieve their highest levels of functioning and fulfillment. A personalized recovery approach combines trusted clinical therapies, community work & service, education and integrative wellness practices.

2 responses to “CooperRiis welcomes new President & CEO

  1. Looks like a nice facility. I think the truth about a facility, such as does the organization see people as people, can be found in the money. Follow the money as the saying goes. So my question is, how much does the CEO make and how much does the housekeeper make? Does the housekeeper have the same amount of paid time off as the CEO?

    1. Jennifer, we do indeed see people as people and ALL people. Yes, the housekeeper, and all staff, is entitled to paid time off, and the amount of paid days off depends on length of employment. We are not able to reveal salaries for anyone but everyone is paid a living and fair wage.
      Hope spring is beautiful in your area.

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