Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties
  • Country: USA
  • City: Yakima - Ellensburg
  • Type of organization: non-profit agency
  • Date of creation: 1994
  • Interests: Mediation - Training
  • Fields of expertise: Business, Workplace, Community,, Family (…) Disputes

[edit] Description

The Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties has been helping people resolve conflicts since 1994. Eighty percent of the people voluntarily using our services reach a settlement.

The Dispute Resolution Center is a non-profit agency that works closely with the courts, law enforcement, public and private agencies, and people experiencing conflict. The Washington State Legislature approved the DRC concept in 1984.

[edit] Quote

“Yes! We can help you solve a dispute over the phone, in person, at your workplace, or in your neighborhood. We can teach you, your school, your work team or your organization how to avoid getting into conflicts, as well. Our services include mediation, meeting facilitation, phone conciliation, and conflict resolution and negotiation training”.

[edit] The Process

[edit] Setting up a mediation

One party in the dispute or conflict contacts the Dispute Resolution Center to request assistance in resolving it.

A DRC staff person talks with the party about the situation and takes down information about how to contact this individual and others involved in the conflict or dispute.

A DRC staff person sends letters to the other parties in the dispute (with a copy going to the initiating party). The letter explains the mediation process, information about the request to mediate and encourages the other party to call the DRC office.

A DRC staff person calls the other party(ies) or takes the call from them to discuss the mediation process, their perspective on the conflict and their interest in trying to resolve the situation.

If both (all) parties are willing to mediate, the DRC staff work with everyone to find a date and time when the parties and mediators are available. The mediation is set up.

A confirmation letter is sent out with information on the mediation location and fees.

The parties pay their fees by the day before the mediation session in order to have the mediation go forward.

[edit] The mediation session

The mediators explain the mediation process, respond to questions and have the parties sign an agreement to mediate.

The parties each have an uninterrupted chance to tell the mediators about the dispute/conflict. They also have a chance to respond to what the other party has said. The mediators confirm that they have understood the parties’ perspectives and key concerns.

The parties and mediators develop a list of things that need to be worked out in order for the dispute to be resolved.

The parties, with the mediators’ help, talk about and negotiate on these topics.

When agreements are reached, the mediators record them and, with the parties, flesh out the details. These agreements form the parties’ settlement agreement.

The parties sign the written settlement agreement and commit to following through on its provisions. Each party is given a copy.

The mediators make closing comments and congratulate the parties.

Sessions usually last 2-3 hours. Multiple sessions may be necessary for the parties to work through all the issues and develop agreements.

[edit] What types of cases will the DRC mediate?

The Dispute Resolution Center generally handles the following types of cases:

  • Marriage Dissolution/Parenting Plans
  • Family/Relational improvement
  • Parent/Child disputes
  • Mediation services for senior citizens
  • Small claims court cases
  • Neighborhood disagreements about noise, children, pets, etc.
  • Landlord/Tenant disputes
  • Consumer/Business disputes
  • Civil complaints
  • Government/Citizen disputes
  • Non-violent Victim/Offender cases
  • School mediation
  • Organizational/Agency mediation
  • Multi-party mediation
  • Community meeting facilitation

[edit] Contact

303 East D Street, Suite 4, Yakima, WA 98901-2300 - USA

Phone: (509) 453-8949 Yakima - (509)-925-5123 Ellensburg

Email: info@drcyakima.org

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