CooperRiis Healing Community

City and farm-based mental health treatment facilities located in Asheville and Mill Spring, NC.

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CooperRiis is a residential healing community in Western North Carolina, with a rural campus on a 94-acre farm and an urban campus in the heart of Asheville. Since 2003, we’ve been helping adults challenged with mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, major depression and anxiety, achieve their highest levels of functioning and fulfillment. Our personalized recovery approach combines trusted clinical therapies, community work & service, education and integrative wellness practices.

Program types:  Clinical residential, Farm/work-based Locations:  Asheville and Mill Spring, NC Environment:  Single bedrooms/private bath in a farm or city-based community Number of residents:  36 at the Farm in Mill Spring and 24 in Asheville (85Z); 30 in the community integration program in Asheville, North Carolina. Gender:  All Ages:  18+
Conditions treated include:
Anxiety disorders Bipolar disorder Co-occurring substance use disorders and counseling Major depression disorder Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) Personality and borderline personality disorder Schizophrenia Schizo-affective disorder Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Services include:
Community Work and Service program (20-25 hrs. a week) Integrated Recovery Team Individual Psychotherapy Group Therapy Substance Abuse Counseling Medication Support Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group Nutrition and Healthy Weight Maintenance Tobacco Cessation Program

Whole-Person Mental Health Care in a Community Setting

At CooperRiis, we approach mental illness with the goal of healing the whole person. This powerful, person-centered, strength-based method of addressing challenging mental health issues is effective for adults with a range of mental disorders.

We understand that effective mental health treatment does not mean quick fixes or easy solutions. Everything we do is grounded in the fundamental science of mental health treatment, with a focus on community. Our goal is reintegration: enabling adults with psychiatric disorders to lead fulfilling, independent lives.

Powerful Mental Health Treatment for Adults on Two Campuses

CooperRiis’s two campuses offer residential mental health treatment facilities in both urban and rural environments:


Our Ashville, NC campus, which serves 24 residents, is found in the historic Montford neighborhood near the University of North Carolina on four wooded acres. The Asheville campus features a horticulture room, an art studio, a woodshop, and vegetable and herb gardens. Community service work is performed at Asheville non-profit organizations. All residents have private rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

The campus at CooperRiis Healing Community in Asheville, NC Playing soccer at CooperRiis Healing Community in Asheville, NC

Mill Spring

Known affectionately as “The Farm,” our Mill Spring, NC campus offers residential mental health treatment to 36 residents on a 94-acre working farm. Residents live in one of three lodges; each resident has a private room and bath. The Farm also includes staff homes, an art barn and woodshop, barns, and 4 acres of organic gardens and greenhouses.

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Art barn at the CooperRiis Mill Spring campus Haying at CooperRiis Healing Community in Mill Spring, NC

A Focus on Community Engagement

A return to mental health does not happen in isolation. At CooperRiis, social engagement through community work and service play a key role in mental health care.

Each resident spends up to 20 hours a week working at a task that is vital to the community, building skills and self-esteem while also improving their mental health. Work opportunities include growing vegetables, caring for animals, gardening, soap-making, drum building, and volunteering for organizations in the local community.

Holistic Clinical Treatment

CooperRiis mental health services and treatments are evidenced-based and include individual and group therapy, psychiatry, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

Our approach also includes integrative practices and interventions such as targeted nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness-based practices. For adults with mental illness, this holistic approach to psychiatric care is powerful and effective.

Moving Toward Recovery

We believe that recovery from mental illness is a unique process, with each step forward building on the last. After treatment at our Asheville and Mill Spring campuses, many of our residents often move on to our Community Program.

The CooperRiis residential treatment program features several transitional options for increased independence with structured support. This allows residents to put the skills they’ve learned into daily practice and continue moving forward. Residents who continue in the Community Program typically stay for up to 6-12 months.

Residential Treatment Costs and Scholarships

Residential mental health care at the Mill Spring and Asheville campus is $18,500 per month for each of the first two months. This fee includes everything except psychiatry, outside physician fees, medications, supplements, transportation fees, and spending money. As of the third month, you may request a fee reduction based on financial need.

Monthly fees for residents in our Community Integration Program range from $2,000-$8,900 per month, depending upon level of support.

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