Lisbeth Riis Cooper, co-founder of CooperRiis Healing Community, has been appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to serve on the N.C. Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services.
As a Commission member, Riis Cooper joins professionals, consumers and family members from across the state working to promote excellence in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation programs for persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse disorders in North Carolina.
Riis Cooper is Vice Chair and Co-Founder of CooperRiis, a residential mental health treatment community with campuses in Asheville and Mill Spring. She and her husband, Don Cooper, established the community in 2003 in response to their frustrations finding appropriate care for a loved one with mental health challenges. Since then, CooperRiis has helped hundreds of people with mental illness heal and return to productive and fulfilling lives.
“I’m so honored by this appointment and excited to be serving alongside people who are working every day to help individuals affected by the challenges of mental illness, substance abuse and developmental disabilities,” she said.
Created in 1973 as part of the N.C. Executive Organization Act, the Commission has the authority to adopt, amend and repeal rules to be used in the implementation of state and local mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse service programs. Its 32 members include medical and legal professionals, addiction specialists, consumers, and family members representing the state’s 13 congressional districts.
Riis Cooper’s appointment is as a family member representative from N.C. District 10. Her term ends in June 2020. CooperRiis is a residential healing community in the North Carolina mountains for adults living with mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, major depression and anxiety. CooperRiis residents work toward their highest levels of functioning and fulfillment through a personalized recovery approach that combines trusted clinical therapies, community work & service, education, and integrative wellness practices.