Area mental health agency receives accreditation for treatment programs

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, June 13, 2018

CooperRiis, a residential mental health treatment community in the mountains of western North Carolina, has earned CARF International accreditation for its Mill Spring and Asheville residential treatment programs.

CARF accreditation indicates an organization has completed a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit a commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality. This is the first CARF accreditation for CooperRiis.

“This is a major achievement for CooperRiis, our staff and the people we serve, and demonstrates our commitment to providing compassionate care of the highest quality,” said  Michael Groat, CooperRiis president and chief executive officer. “Residents, and their families and loved ones, can expect an empowering and hope-filled recovery approach that combines a balance of trusted clinical therapies, purposeful community work and service, education, and holistic health and wellness practices.”

With CARF Accreditation, CooperRiis can expand opportunities to residents and families to secure insurance reimbursement, as well as verify for referrers and families the organization’s commitment to providing exceptional care.

CARF International is an independent nonprofit accrediting body that establishes consumer-focused standards and benchmarks to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

Founded in 2003 by Don Cooper and Lisbeth Riis Cooper, CooperRiis is a nonprofit residential therapeutic community and progressive transitional living program for adults struggling with mental health challenges. With two residential campuses and seven transitional homes in the mountains of western North Carolina, the agency’s recovery approach combines a balance of trusted clinical therapies, purposeful community work and service, education, and holistic health and wellness practices.

-Submitted by

Lydia Carrington