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The CooperRiis Healing Community was founded by a couple with a family member who had a mental health challenge. It has since earned a national reputation for fostering a supportive, social environment that provides the clinical programs and positive conditions necessary for recovery.
  • Before turning to CooperRiis, some residents have been hospitalized dozens of times, but often the stays are not long enough and don’t include a broad, integrated approach. That means the help patients receive can fade in a few days. Instead of treating illness, CooperRiis is built on wellness.
  • With a resident-to-staff ratio that’s better than 1:1, CooperRiis residents experience a holistic approach that includes daily service work, peer interaction, diet, exercise, self-esteem and empowerment. The focus is not just mental health, it’s optimal health.
  • These elements aid our residents in setting goals and achieving dreams in an environment that feels like a “Recovery College.”


The first stage of recovery requires combatting hopelessness. CooperRiis provides a special place for people who should feel special. Data and anecdotes from residents show that CooperRiis helps residents and their families get beyond helplessness and blame to a positive place of hope, support and transformation.
  • Hopefulness improves by 20 percent, and emotional and psychological satisfaction more than doubles.
  • The sense of well-being for residents improves by 18 percent and overall satisfaction and wellness scores nearly double at CooperRiis.
  • About 40 percent of incoming residents have attempted suicide at least once. That fear is often replaced frequently by phrases such as, “You saved my son’s life!”


CooperRiis has celebrated hundreds of success stories since its founding in 2003, with residents completing our program and leading fulfilling, productive lives. 
  • Overall functioning improves by 15 to 30 percent, and symptoms improve by 25 to 30 percent.
  • Approximately 80 percent of residents who complete the program reach the level of independence they desire and are successfully reintegrated into the community, an achievement that has earned CooperRiis national recognition.
  • Consider the story of one recent high school graduate. After her sixth hospitalization, her parents said she received a “psychiatric Band-Aid,” but it did not hold. She hid in her closet with a kitchen knife, emerging only to lie next to her mom and weep uncontrollably. At CooperRiis, the young woman learned job skills and developed hobbies. Previously she could barely handle the stress of walking out of her home, she now attends college and has assembled a team of faculty, staff, adult friends and students who offer support. She calls it “my own little CooperRiis.”

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CooperRiis Campuses:

Asheville Campus
85 Zillicoa Street,
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 285.8887

Mill Spring Campus
101 Healing Farm Lane,
Mill Spring, NC 28756
(828) 894.5557


(828) 894.7140


PO Box 600
Mill Spring, NC 28756

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