The Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties (DRC) offers a safe, neutral space where parties can find common ground and resolution to their conflicts. The DRC provides our community with a constructive alternative to litigation and going to court.
What is mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process through which people involved in a conflict can sit down with a neutral third party to resolve their differences.
Our mediators are professionally trained and certified. They listen to both parties and work with them to create a list of topics to be negotiated.
With the guidance of the mediators, the parties negotiate and discuss the issues and create an agreement that is acceptable to those involved.
Things to know about mediation
- All parties must voluntarily agree to participate.
- Mediation is confidential.
- All services are available in English or Spanish.
- Most mediation sessions cost $150 per party – that includes a $25 intake fee and a $125 mediation session fee. This varies by type of mediation.
- You can apply for financial assistance by filling out a hardship application.
- Most mediations last from 1-3 hours. If a mediation session exceeds 3 hours 45 minutes, another second session will be scheduled.
Mediation services are available for a variety of circumstances including:
- Family Mediation
- Divorce or Separation Issues; Parenting Plans
- Parent/Youth Conflicts
- Elder Care Plans including estates, guardianships, and medical treatment arrangements
Professional Services for Businesses and Organizations
Did you know that unresolved conflict represents the largest reducible cost in many businesses?
It pays to develop better communication skills and conflict resolution abilities for a more productive and profitable workplace. We offer businesses and organizations the training, facilitation, and mediation services that improve communication, negotiation, and listening skills. We also offer a variety of programs that can be tailored to your specific needs.
Mediation Services for Seniors
Helping seniors, their families, and care providers resolve conflicts such as sibling disagreements, selling the family home, extended family living arrangements, disagreements between care providers and family, guardianships, trust and estate matters.
Settle small claims cases before trial.
Additional Mediation Services
- Consumer/Business Disputes
- Landlord/Tenant Disputes
- Personal Loans
- Auto Accidents
- Property Disputes
- Neighborhood Disputes
Victim/Offender Meeting Program
By referral only. Learn the background of the youth’s offense, answer the victim’s questions, discuss the impact of the crime, acknowledge the harm, increase community safety. VOM services provided at no charge.
In need of mediation services?
Please call our office or fill in the form below to begin the process: