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Stark County Alternative Dispute Resolution Project

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $70,000)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

The Coleman Behavioral Health Mediation Services will use the award to continue serving as a community resource for conflict resolution in Stark County. They will continue providing accessible, affordable, and effective conflict resolution services to the courts, law enforcement, human service organizations, schools, families, and individuals. The use of mediation to manage or resolve conflict is statistically proven to reduce violence, reduce law enforcement involvement, minimize social service costs, increase school attendance, unite families, stabilize neighborhoods, reduce juvenile delinquency, reduce court cases, and improve employee productivity. The Coleman Behavioral Health Mediation Services will continue to use trained mediators to resolve disputes. Mediators will utilize a range of non-adversarial techniques, including mediation, telephone conciliation, conflict coaching, and facilitation. Additionally, they will provide public presentations and conflict resolution skills training.


Date Created: September 28, 2009