Daily Record Staff//April 25, 2023
//April 25, 2023
The State of Maryland is a nationally recognized leader among states for the access that it provides to its citizens, regardless of ability to pay, to alternative dispute resolution and mediation services through its publicly funded community mediation centers across the state.
The Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County (CRCMC), led by Christopher Page, is a 22-year-old organization and titan among the community mediation centers in Maryland as it handles among the highest mediation case volumes in the state.
The organization has mediated more than 20,000 cases and conducted more than 31,000 mediation sessions. In 2022, it mediated nearly 500 cases, achieved over 345 agreements requiring 1,565 mediation hours and more than 3,852 volunteer hours.
Diversity has been CRCMC’s strength as its volunteer mediators are intentionally recruited to mirror the county’s diversity, and its “Spanish-speaking bench” is so deep that it provides Spanish-language mediation services to all other community mediation centers in the state.
CRCMC provides mediation services, education and outreach in a variety of venues and for a variety of disputes including, but not limited to the District Court of Maryland (pre-trial), Montgomery County Public School System, landlord and tenant, parenting plan and custody, interpersonal, homeowner association, condominium board, merchant-consumer and home improvement contractor disputes.
CRCMC has previously received the Nancy Dworkin Award for Outstanding Youth Services from the Montgomery County Commission on Children and Youth, the Distinguished Service by a Community Group Award by the Montgomery County Board of Education. It was rated by the Catalogue for Philanthropy as one of Greater Washington’s best community-based charities.e