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Covid -19 Update

Important Covid-19 Update: The Mediation Center of Dutchess County remains open, but we have temporarily suspended all face-to-face contacts and the staff is working remotely.  Center staff are working behind the scenes on operationalizing a re-alignment of our services in accordance to the NYS Court consolidation and the health guidelines issued by the CDC and county/state government.  Like many of you, we find ourselves in an evolving and unprecedented time - both professionally and personally - and we thank you for your patience. In the interim, please feel free to reach out to staff listed below with any questions or concerns you may have. Staff are working remotely and will return your call or email as soon as they can. If you have a case already in court, need to start a court case, or have specific questions about your juror service, NYS Court has set up a Coronavirus Telephone Hotline: 833-503-0447. You may also refer to the New York Court's website at https://www.nycourts.gov/ .  

 

 Name  Title  Email Phone Program
Leanne Lawson Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 845-471-7213 x209 All inquiries
Claudia Abbott-Barish Director of Restorative Justice Programs This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 845-471-7213 x203 Restorative Justice 
Des Padilla Family & Divorce Program Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 845-471-7213 x207 Family & Divorce  


  

Restorative Justice Initiative Receives Dutchess County Agency Partner Grant Award

The Mediation Center of Dutchess County is pleased to share that its Restorative Justice Initiative will be receiving grant support from the Dutchess County Government Agency Partner Grant Program. In its 10th year, the program provides vital support to nonprofit organizations addressing unmet community needs. The grant awarded to MCDC will help provide restorative services to nonprofits, schools, and individuals throughout the county. This investment will strengthen relationships and resilience for all. For the full announcement, click here.

Volunteers Adapt to Pandemic Challenges

With appreciation for the Mediation Center of Dutchess County mediators, Executive Director Leanne Lawson spoke with Northern/Southern Dutchess News about the importance of volunteers. Read more about their contributions, along with those of other Dutchess County organizations here.