The state’s policy to promote broad access to community mediation throughout the Commonwealth was effectuated by the establishment of the Massachusetts Community Mediation Center Grant Program to provide operating grants to eligible community mediation centers. The Massachusetts Legislature appropriated $750,000 to fund Program operations during FY 2017 (the Program’s sixth year). The Legislature’s FY 2017 investment in the Grant Program proved to be money well spent. Not only was state-wide community mediation infrastructure strengthened, the quality of community mediation services was upheld. Accordingly, twelve funded centers delivered services throughout the state and affected thousands of people.
Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration. (2017, December). Massachusetts Community Mediation Center Grant Program: Fiscal Year 2017 Report & Evaluation. Boston, MA: Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration, University of Massachusetts Boston.