Campaign: Effective Government

Expand use of Dispute Resolution Centers

I suggest you...Expand use of Dispute Resolution Centers (DRCs). DRCs are private, not-for-profit, or public agencies serving individuals, families, businesses and courts. Since 1984, twenty local DRCs have been established to provide alternative dispute resolution, mediation and training services. Centers are mandated to provide services independent of clients' ability to pay, guaranteeing that all citizens have access to a low-cost resolution process. According to the Governor's own budget numbers, the elimination of $500,000, or $7.69 per person, to Dispute Resolution Centers will end up costing the courts $13.65 million, or $210 per person. Imagine what is possible if the state increased the ways that mediation and other conflict resolution services are utilized and the savings that could be realized.

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Idea No. 2407