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Why we started CooperRiis, a Non-profit Residential Healing Community…

Frustrated with the options we had encountered trying to help a loved one deal with mental health challenges, we launched CooperRiis Healing Community in 2003 to offer holistic and effective mental health treatment.  Together we developed the kind of therapeutic program we wish we’d had for our family member or yours drawing from influences both old and new, utilizing our professional staff’s unique skills, and continually learning from our residents and their families, the dream we had to help others has taken root and flourished. CooperRiis a non-profit residential healing community.

When a loved one suffers, the entire family suffers…

When a loved one suffers, the entire family suffers – the challenges can make you feel like you’re left holding broken pieces, pieces that cannot be glued back together again. The mental health system we encountered was so challenging for our family that we decided there had to be a better way. We envisioned a healing community, a place where individuals aren’t defined by their psychiatric diagnosis but by their talents, personality, and potential. We wanted to create a community where people could learn new ways of coping, establish more independence, and attain fulfillment through a comprehensive residential treatment program of holistic wellness, clinical care, and structured work opportunities. 

Overcoming Hopelessness through Philanthropy

Thanks to philanthropic generosity, we were able to turn our frustration and hopelessness into action. Through the CooperRiis Healing Community, we have found our real passion and life’s work.

A Place where Hope is Restored

Seventeen years later, CooperRiis is a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment center offering.

Integrated Continuum of Care on three levels

  • ‘CooperRiis at Asheville’, a clinical intensive short term model in Asheville. Out of network insurance benefits accepted. 
  • The Residential Recovery Program, ‘The Farm’, a 94-are working farm in Mill Spring
  • The Asheville Community Program ‘ACP’, our transitional living program, set in 4 or 5 bedrooms staffed homes.

To learn more, call 844-522-1234 

In November 2019, we added a virtual Supported College Program, a program for residents who want to pursue post-secondary education as part of their mental health recovery. Designed for individuals whose college experience has been interrupted or inhibited by mental health challenges, the College Program integrates educational services. It supports our dedicated approach to mental health treatment and within proximity to some of the region’s best colleges and universities.

We are proud that CooperRiis continues to be a place where people are free to be themselves, a place to learn and grow, and a place to recover. And, most of all – a place where hope is restored for residents and their families.

With our gratitude,
Don Cooper and Lisbeth Riis Cooper



CooperRiis Founders: Don Cooper and Lisbeth Riis Cooper
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