There are currently 21 Dispute Resolution Centers operating in Washington State, with a coverage area of approximately 93% of all Washington residents. They vary in size , annual budget, specialization, means of funding and philosophy of services. We all have the same basic requirements of
in common. The Court Improvement Act of 1984, Chapter 7.75 provides the authority for Washington counties or municipalities to authorize the establishment of dispute resolution centers.
Community Mediation Services has been operating in Clark County for over 22 years. In 1997, the City of Vancouver established Community Mediation Services and in 2010, CMS transitioned to a community-based non profit.
These services exist to serve our communities for these reasons:
- Empower individuals to resolve disputes/conflicts with self-determination.
- Provide skilled and trained individuals to assist with mediation/facilitation.
- Offer all services at an affordable rate.
- Certify Mediators through training opportunities.
- Reduce costs to government agencies and courts.
If you are interested in learning more about our local work or the work at the state level, please contact Savenia Falquist at 360-334-5862 x1001 or