Skip to main content

Welcome to the College Program at CooperRiis

We are excited to offer a new program to our 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 and supports with our powerful approach to mental health treatment.

The College Program is based at our 24-bed campus in beautiful Asheville, NC, and within close proximity to some of the region’s best colleges and universities.

College support for students with mental health challenges
The transition into college can be stressful and a time when mental health problems first emerge.

Specialized Services for Students

The College Program at CooperRiis features specialized services designed to help residents who have made progress in their treatment and are ready to move toward their goal of having a successful college experience.

  • Supported Education Coach as part of Recovery Team
  • Integration of education goals and individualized recovery plan
  • Educational discovery process
  • Full college application support
  • Crisis support
  • Transition to independence supports
  • On-site support and skills development for:
    • Executive functioning
    • Emotional regulation
    • Healthy living
    • Processing and problem-solving roadblocks
    • Self advocacy

Learn More. Is the College Program at CooperRiis right for your client or patient?

Three Tiers of Supported Education Services

The College Program at CooperRiis features three levels of support in order to serve students as they gain independence and develop the skills needed to navigate school and mental health challenges.

Tier 1

  • Duration: 1 semester
  • Linkages with accessibility office
  • Coaching sessions: 3-5 hrs/week
  • Daily check-in/check-out
  • Crisis Support as needed
  • Toolbox Development: Set of transferable skills with coach
  • Onsite intervention support and mentoring up to 12 hrs/week

Tier 2

  • Duration: 1 semester
  • Linkages with accessibility office
  • Coaching sessions: 3-5 hrs/week
  • Weekly check-in/check- out
  • Crisis Intervention as needed
  • Toolbox Maintenance

Tier 3

  • Duration: On-going/consultative
  • Linkages with accessibility office
  • Coaching sessions: 1-2 hrs/week
  • Crisis Intervention as needed
  • Toolbox Maintenance

How it Works

Individualized Services & Supports

Residents participating in The College Program at CooperRiis receive an individualized recovery plan that includes specific supported education goals.

Each resident is assigned a Recovery Team, which monitors treatment progress and determines when the resident is ready to enroll in school. The Recovery Team includes a psychiatrist, therapist, recovery coordinator and supported education coach.

One-on-One Coaching

Once a resident is enrolled, the education coach collaborates with the college or university’s accessibility office to develop and implement a supported education plan. The coach works with the resident throughout the semester providing a variety of supported services, including weekly educational coaching sessions, on-site intervention and mentoring, crisis support, and skills development.

Learn more about our Admissions process and program fees.

Ready to get started?

If the College Program at CooperRiis sounds like a good fit for your patient or client, here are the next steps in the CooperRiis Admissions Process:

  1. Initial phone consultation with CooperRiis Admissions Team: Call 828.894.7140
  2. Submission of Admissions Package materials
  3. Screening for College Program at CooperRiis readiness
  4. Pre-admission exploratory visit
A group of students walk around the neighborhood at CooperRiis Asheville campus
CooperRiis offers a safe and structured environment to support an individual’s mental health recovery and healing.

Why have a dedicated College Program?

Studies show a rise in mental health issues among young people on the nation’s college campuses.

  • 40% do not seek help*
  • 30% of freshmen do not return for their sophomore year*
  • 80% feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities*
  • 50% have become so anxious that they struggled in school*

*The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
†Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

One in Four

One in four students has a diagnosable illness*

75% pie chart

75% of people with anxiety disorder
will have their first episode before age 22†

Designed for students with depression, anxiety disorders and other mental health challenges
Residents who participate in The College Program at CooperRiis receive an individualized recovery plan that includes specific supported education goals.

“At CooperRiis, we believe recovery from mental illness is best achieved when residents are motivated by their own hopes and dreams. This exciting new program provides the supports for success for those whose dreams include returning to school, or going for the first time.”


Eric A. Levine, Ed.D.

CooperRiis President and CEO

Educational Support with Experience

Eric A. Levine has more than 30 years of experience developing educational programming and helping young people with emotional and behavioral disabilities and their families find appropriate support services. He has a doctorate in Education Leadership (Ed.D.), an Ed.S. in Career Transition and Assessment, and a master’s degree 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 Programs, and is founder of Eric A. Levine and Associates, an educational consulting firm in the Washington-Baltimore metro area.

About CooperRiis Healing Community

Since 2003, CooperRiis has been helping individuals, ages 18 and up, overcome social-emotional issues and mental illness to achieve their highest levels of functioning and fulfillment.

We specialize in treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, trauma, addiction and substance use, in supportive residential settings on two campuses and in community group homes.

The College Program at CooperRiis is based at the CooperRiis Asheville campus, located minutes from three area universities and colleges.

CARF Accredited

CooperRiis residential mental health treatment programs are CARF accredited. The CARF accreditation signals our commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.

Our Asheville, NC campus, home of the supported education program
The College Program at CooperRiis is based at our 24-bed campus in Asheville, NC.

Find out if the College Program could be right for your client or patient.