Arkansas Community Dispute Resolution Centers, Inc. (ACDRC) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in February 2004 and became the first state-wide community dispute resolution center in Arkansas. ACDRC’s mission is to promote the usage of peaceful and cooperative conflict resolution strategies in order to make mediation and other dispute resolution methods accessible to all Arkansans regardless of ability to pay. ACDRC advances conflict resolution in Arkansas by educating the public through services, training, creating new centers and networking. ACDRC facilitates the resolution of disputes for all members of our community by collaboration with individuals, community organizations, court systems, police departments, businesses and government agencies.
ACDRC is guided staff and a Board of Directors that is supported by an Advisory Board. The Board is comprised of a diverse group of senior ADR professionals and community residents. The Advisory Board is also comprised of a diverse group of individuals who provide ACDRC assistance in their various areas of expertise. ACDRC shall use trained (40 Hrs Basic, 20 Hrs Family, specialized training, and attended ACDRC Volunteer training) supervised volunteers to facilitate resolution of all types of community disputes. ACDRC currently has a roster of approximately 50 trained volunteers who have experience in all practice areas.
ACDRC staff and volunteers primarily utilize the facilitative approach to mediation. ACDRC staff is knowledgeable in all approaches to mediation and can assist ACDRC clients in selecting other mediation models and approaches for their case.
No one is ever turned away due to inability to pay for ACDRC services. The cost for ACDRC’s services is based on a sliding fee scale which is based upon annual income.