The Virtual College Program at CooperRiis
Virtual individualized educational supports are available to our Residents at The Farm, and the Asheville Community Program, who identify educational goals as part of their recovery. We designed this program for individuals whose college experience has been interrupted or inhibited by mental health challenges and integrates educational services with our steadfast approach to mental health treatment.
Online college and university course options are limitless, in addition to taking advantage of some of the region’s best educational institutions and their online offerings.
The program includes:
- Discovery Process and Educational Coaching Sessions
- One 2-4 credit hour class for residents at CooperRiis Healing Community
- Support provided for any online program
Specialized Services for Students
The Virtual 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.
The Virtual Discovery Process
One-time fee of $600
Starting in the first 30 days as a new CooperRiis resident.
- Gathering educational documentation
- Formal and informal assessments
- Collaborating to identify necessary supports and create the Supported Learning Plan (SLP)
- Exploring appropriate educational options
- Collaboration and communication with colleges, programs, and the CooperRiis clinical team to determine supportive next steps
Educational Coaching Sessions
$950 per month
Starting in the second month of stay (3-5 hours a week). Based on semester commitment.
- Executive Functioning Support
- Tools and strategies
- Scheduling of tasks
- Activities for development
- Supported study time
- Accountability and case management
- Daily check-ins and check-outs
- Follow up on assignment completion/submission and grades
- Advocacy Support
- Communication with professors
- Connection with additional support services as needed (i.e., academic tutoring)
How it Works
CooperRiis offers a safe and structured environment to support an individual’s mental health recovery and healing.
Individualized Services & Supports
Residents participating in The Virtual 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, a recovery coordinator that they will work with in person, and a supported education coach that they will work with online.
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, online mentoring, and skills development.
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:
Why have a dedicated College Program?
Studies show a rise in mental health issues among young people on the nation’s college campuses.
*The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
†Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
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 Virtual College Program is based at the Asheville Community Program, located minutes from three area universities and colleges, and The Farm campus in Mill Spring.
The CARF accreditation signals our commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.