-2016 Annual Report Highlights-
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MARS processed 204 cases and mediated 174 core cases (cases that are mediated with or without agreement) in 2016.
In 2016, of the 174 cases mediated, approximately 64% were mediated to full or partial agreement. 90% of cases were court-ordered. The average duration of a mediation session for 2016 was 56 minutes.
Number of Individuals Served in 2016
610 individuals were served in 2016.
Number of Children involved in mediation cases
147 children were served as a result of the mediation process in 2016.
Referrals from the Courts remained steady at 90% of total referrals for 2016. Additional referrals were made by legal organizations and self-referrals.
The highest dispute type for cases handled by MARS is in the area of contracts. This category covers a wide area of issues and includes disputes with banks, consumers and merchants, payday loan establishments and other types of consumer disputes. 56% of total cases for 2016 involved domestic issues including: child protection, parenting time and custody, post-judgment issues, and divorces with and without minor children. The dispute type comparison for 2016 is listed below.
Days from Intake to Disposition
The number of days from intake to disposition is calculated by counting the number of days from the time the referral is made to the day the mediation is held. The average number of days from intake to disposition from 2012-2016 are listed below.
Permanency planning mediation (PPM) PROGRAM
Marquette and Alger Counties have provided PPM since 1999. The program is administered through MARS in cooperation with the Marquette County Probate Court, the Prosecutor’s office, the Marquette County Department of Health and Human Services and local private foster care agencies. This program is designed to improve child welfare processes and outcomes using facilitated mediation in some child abuse and neglect matters that come before the court. Although not every mediation session deals directly with the child’s placement, the name for this type of mediation reflects the ultimate goal of the program, which is to facilitate a process which can lead to a determination of a safe, permanent home for children in a timely manner. The case statistics for the PPM program for 2016 are as follows:
Number of Cases: 34
Number of Cases Mediated: 30
Mediated to full or partial agreement: 73%
Number of Individuals Served: 249
Number of Children Involved: 64
Mars is funded, in part, by the State Court Administrative Office. The Community Dispute Resolution Program was established in 1988 by Public Act 260. MARS started providing mediation services in 1992. Since that time, MARS has received funding from the State based on core cases from the previous year. MARS is also funded through in-kind support from the Marquette County Probate Court as well as mediation fees from parties, donations, MDHHS and service contracts. The following chart outlines MARS’ financial award from the State Court Administrative Office from 2012-2016. In addition, MARS waived fees in 50% of Domestic Relations cases in 2016.
27 MARS mediators volunteered for a total of 292 hours in 2016. Based on a state assigned rate value of $150.00 per hour, this calculates to$43,800 in in-kind time donated to the mediation center.
MARS RECEIVES AWARD
Marquette Alger Resolution Service is the proud recipient of the 2014 Nanci S. Klein Award. The Nanci S. Klein Award is presented to an individual, program, or entity at the State Bar of Michigan- ADR Section’s annual meeting, and is given in recognition of exemplary programs, initiatives, and leaders in the field of community dispute resolution.
Pictured below is MARS Executive Director Jennifer Frazier and Board President Rick Sanville.