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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 the 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.


Integrated Continuum of Care


CooperRiis at Asheville

The main entrance to CooperRiis in Asheville
  • Highest level of care
  • Short-term programming designed to promote stabilization and develop a foundation for longer-term recovery
  • Average length of stay: 1-3 months
  • Out of network benefits accepted

The Farm at Mill Spring

  • Safe and structured environment to support an individual’s mental health recovery and healing
  • Average length of stay: 3-6 months
  • Private pay with possible rate reduction in 3rd month

Asheville Community Program

Transitional Living at CooperRiis
  • Semi-independent transitional living arrangement
  • For graduates of either CooperRiis at Asheville or The Farm programs
  • Average length of stay: 6-12 months
  • Private pay with possible continued rate reduction

Call 828.894.7140 to learn more about our programs.

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 ‘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 15-20 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 a college 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 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. 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 on 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.


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:


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 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