Mediation is a cooperative, neutral process, which means you can have confidence your interests will be heard and you’ll walk away with new skills.

What is mediation?
In mediation, a neutral third party will guide you through a confidential communication, information sharing, and decision-making process. The mediator ensures all parties have a voice and there is a power balance at the table.

Mediation improves communication and teaches participants to work together and problem solve by establishing root issues, identifying positions, and recognizing solutions. It provides a space for all parties to share concerns and frustrations by being a confidential and impartial process.

If a settlement is reached, the mediators will assist you in writing an enforceable agreement that is crafted by the parties. Through mediation, you do not lose any of your due process rights (i.e., local appeal, grievance/complaint, etc.) by participating.

Why should I try it?
Mediation is a process that provides a safe space to share concerns with a mediation professional. It also allows you to have an impartial process where parties have an equal voice. Mediation is quicker than the traditional court system, with most cases settled in less than 30 days. Even when mediation doesn’t result in an agreement, most Michigan residents find the court alternative experience to be a success. Benefits include improved relationships, trust built, and reduced stress level. And, mediation is a confidential process, meaning your interests remain private.

How do I sign up?
Step 1: Fill out the “Request Mediation” form.
Step 2: A specialist will confirm your eligibility.
Step 3: Your case will be referred to your local Community Dispute Resolution Program center.
Step 4: Your Community Dispute Resolution Program center will contact you and the appropriate Community Mental Health or Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan to conduct a formal intake process to understand the issues between the parties.
Step 5: Following the intake process, the Community Dispute Resolution Program center will schedule a mediation session within 10 business days.

Mediation through Michigan Behavioral Health Mediation Services is a free, conflict-resolution option that will save you time, money, and stress.