Locations Served

Dutchess County

Who We Are

For thirty seven years, the Mediation Center of Dutchess County (MCDC) has provided individuals, businesses, schools and Courts with direct dispute resolution services and training. 

In 2002, the Mediation Center adopted the transformative model for mediation, training, and education.

Additionally, MCDC has a robust Restorative Justice Initiative.

More information on services

MCDC’s mediation services encompass matters and disputes both in and outside of Court, ranging from civil/small claims, matrimonial (divorce), family(custody & visitation), workplace, special education, youth & schools, agricultural, and Lemon Law Arbitration.

Fifteen Dutchess County Courts (Family, Supreme, Town, City, and Village) are partnered with the Center to provide parties with the option to resolve disputes via mediation throughout the Court process. Resolutions agreed to in mediation become enforceable Court Orders.

Mediation through MCDC is both voluntary and confidential and is protected under Article 21-A of the New York State Judiciary Law. 

Restorative Justice

The Mediation Center’s Restorative Justice Initiative offers conflict resolution and training services to businesses, community agencies, neighbors, families, students, teachers and staff.

Restorative justice can provide parties with effective ways to prevent and respond to social, cultural and environmental conflict. Services are tailored to the specific incident and the needs of the individuals.

How to Get Help

Please call (845) 471-7213 ext. 201 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.*

If you call after hours, please leave a voicemail and a staff person will be in touch on the next business day.

*Note, due to NYS Pause, the staff of MCDC are working remotely and cannot accept walk-ins.

Please call and leave a message. A staff person will follow-up with you or you may email info@dutchessmediation.org

Virtual Mediation services available. Matters are evaluated by staff for feasibility on a case-by-case basis.

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Last Reviewed: May 12, 2020