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The American Bar Association's Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly has recently published Building Coalitions in Aging, Disability and Dispute Resolution , detailing four innovative pilot programs to serve the conflict resolution needs of the elderly and disability communities. Three of the four programs are based at community mediation programs, including those in Bozeman, MT, Norristown, PA, and Louisville, KY.
Through the support of the Hewlett Foundation, the ABA Commission funded four local or regional coalitions to serve as models for replication in other areas. The objectives of the coalitions were to:
In cooperation with the ABA Commission, we have provided the body of the report here for your review. The ABA Commission has developed a listserve to encourage communication among the pilot programs and other interested in the project: for information about the listserve, email email@example.com.
The coalition-building steps outlined in the report are instructive to community mediation centers not only for their work with the elderly, but in any number of service areas. Community mediation can play an integral role in the social service network of every community.
The MIRC Community Section welcomes your contributions and feedback. If you know of materials relevant to elder conflict (in specific) or community mediation (in general), please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Scott Bradley is Executive Director of the Mediation Network of North Carolina, the umbrella organization of NC's 25 community mediation centers. Active in community mediation for nearly 25 years, he helped start NC's first center, the Orange County Dispute Settlement Center, and served as its first director on a volunteer basis. Scott was co-chair of the founding Board of Directors of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and retired from the Board in May 2001. He is the Governor's appointee to the 14 member North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission and serves on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the State Judicial Council. Scott was the Guest Co-Editor of the Summer 2000 issue of Mediation Quarterly, a Special Issue on Community Mediation. He has served in an advisory capacity to numerous state and national projects related to mediation, including the US Department of Justice's 1997 study Community Mediation Programs: Developments and Challenges.
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