The CooperRiis Approach
Hope, Healing and Mental Health Recovery in a Supportive Community
CooperRiis offers a safe and structured environment to support an individual’s mental health recovery and healing through a combination of clinical care, purposeful work, service to community, and holistic health and wellness practices.
At CooperRiis, we believe that recovery from mental illness is possible and best achieved when residents and their families are active participants on the journey toward a healthy and meaningful life. Since 2003, we’ve been helping individuals and their loved ones renew their sense of hope.
Our Philosophy: Mind & Heart Working Together
Our unique recovery model emphasizes a personalized approach to care, combining trusted clinical therapies, Community Work & Service, education, and Integrative Wellness programming. With guidance through a resident’s personal Dream Statement, mental health recovery through a healing community, and renewed hope and independence through transitional living, CooperRiis is here to help people achieve their highest levels of functioning and fulfillment.
Recovery through a Healing Community
At CooperRiis, we believe in human potential and not defining people by a mental health diagnosis. Our approach to clinical care is grounded in a supportive community with traditional psychotherapy and group therapies, optimized medication use, and education to guide residents toward personal long-term care management.
Our Community Work & Service Program is rooted in the healing power of social engagement and being a part of a community. Residents spend 20 hours a week working as part of a team that contributes to the daily life and functioning of the CooperRiis community.
Our Integrative Wellness Program supports an individual’s recovery through optimal nutrition, fitness goal-setting and mindfulness practices. Over time, these experiences help inspire and guide residents to better self-awareness and care for lifelong wellbeing.
Our Supported College Program at the Asheville Campus is for residents who want to pursue college education as part of their mental health recovery. Designed for individuals whose college experience has been interrupted or inhibited by mental heath challenges, the College Program integrates educational services and supports with our powerful approach to mental health treatment.
Hope and Independence through Transitional Living
At CooperRiis, we believe in the hope our Transitional Living Program gives residents and their families as they progress on their mental health recovery journey toward independent living. Our Community Program is dedicated to growing and nurturing educational, vocational, social and life skills in a community setting, building over time the foundation necessary for a resident to pursue their goals and return to a fulfilling and productive life.
Guidance through a Personal Dream Statement
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.
Our Shared Experience
CooperRiis Healing Community was founded by parents who knew there had to be a better life for their adult child with a mental illness challenge, and wanted to offer the same support to other families. Since 2003, CooperRiis has been helping individuals and their loved ones renew their sense of hope. We’d welcome the opportunity to support your family member struggling with mental health challenges or mental illness.
“We wanted a place where people could truly heal. We wanted it to be a place that, if we (as parents) needed to come, we would be comfortable.”
— Lisbeth Riis Cooper, CooperRiis Co-Founder
What We Treat & Our Approach to Healing
To learn more about the CooperRiis approach to working with people with various psychiatric difficulties, please view the pages below: