Saint Mary’s County Community Mediation Center

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General Information

  • Official name: Saint Mary’s County Community Mediation Center
  • Country: USA
  • City: Leonardtown
  • Type of organization: Non-profit organization
  • Date of creation: 2001
  • Interests: Mediation
  • Fields of expertise: Family & Community Disputes

Overview

The St. Mary's County Community Mediation Center assists Southern Maryland residents, organizations and businesses by providing Alternative Dispute Resolution services. The Center is sponsored through a grant from the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO).

Mediation is an opportunity to manage conflicts differently. With the help of mediators, parties can discuss issues and talk about their concerns. In mediation, the parties — not the mediator — control the decisions and the outcome.

Mediation brings people in conflict together in a comfortable and safe setting. The mediators will help you talk to each other to clarify goals, gather information, and identify options. It is up to the parties to decide what will meet their needs as they manage the conflict. What is discussed with the mediators is kept private and confidential.

  • Mediation is convenient and free.
  • The parties make their own decisions about how to deal with the conflict.
  • Solutions that The parties arrive at will be far more satisfying and lasting than anything imposed upon them by others.
  • 85% of people who have used mediation feel that they have improved their situation.

Vision

Provide a peaceful process for responding to conflicts in our community.

Mission

Provide conflict management services through education and empowerment of people to create their own solutions.

The Community Mediation Center provides a variety of mediation services to the residents of St. Mary’s County. We also partner with the CMC of Calvert and Charles County and refer cases to them as appropriate.

Activities and Services

Community Mediation

Mediators assist individuals with a wide range of issues, including family and neighborhood conflicts, landlord-tenant issues, group and organizational conflicts and family care decisions for elderly adults.

District Court Referrals

Mediators provide an alternative dispute resolution service to individuals participating in District Court cases. They assist in diverse legal actions, including unsatisfactory services, unpaid accounts, return of deposits and claims for damages.

State’s Attorney Referrals

The State’s Attorney in St. Mary’s County refers minor cases to the Center for mediation. Experience with these cases has been very positive, giving participants the opportunity to deescalate their conflict and resolve their differences outside the criminal court system.

St. Mary's Mediator/Sheriff Alliance

Saint Mary’s County Community Mediation Center‘s partnership with the Sheriff’s Department focuses on early intervention. Deputies carry tear-off pads of mediation referral sheets that they offer to residents involved in family or neighborhood conflict. Deputies referred 207 cases to mediation in the second year of their alliance. This doubled the first year's total of 103 mediation referrals. Volunteer mediators also participate in ride-along opportunities with the deputies.

Maryland Commission of Human Relations (MCHR)

Specially trained mediators help mediate discrimination complaints brought through the Equal Opportunity Commission and the MCHR. Participants have the opportunity to converse and seek common understanding. Those who are able to do so may avoid many months of investigative process and potential court action.

Facilitation/Organizational Development

In addition to offering free mediation services, the Center also offers facilitation services to businesses, organizations and agencies to help them build stronger teams and work together more effectively.

Children in Need of Assistance (CINA)

Upon referral from the Circuit Court Family Services Coordinators in St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties, specially trained mediators help parents, children, Department of Social Services (DSS) representatives and their respective attorneys have constructive conversations in support of family and foster care issues, permanency planning and termination of parental rights (TPR).

Contact

41620 Courthouse Drive, Rear Entrnace PO Box 853 Leonardtown, MD 20650 - USA

Tel: 301 475 9118

Email: communitymediationstmarys@hotmail.com

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