State Assistance of Community Mediation Centers: A comparison of states' support of CMCs and the impact this has on center proliferation and service offerings.

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Organiz. & Prof. Communication

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies


Organiz & Prof Communication


Suzanne Snider


CMC; Community Mediation Center; Mediation; Funding; State Level; ADR; alternative dispute resolution; conflict management; volunteer


Community Mediation Centers (CMCs) are primarily non-profit organizations, distributed across the US, that provide alternative dispute resolution services to residents of their communities, and often, regardless of a client's ability to pay. These CMCs are dependent on outside sources for funding. Limited, local funding frequently narrows the scope of services offered and the geographic coverage area of these CMCs. Through the examination of 276 CMCs in 34 states, this Capstone Project determined that states where CMCs are supported at a state level had more CMCs serving a higher percentage of the states' counties with more distinct services as compared to those that did not provide support. Consistent state-level funding is necessary for the widespread continued operation of CMCs.

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