The Los Angeles County Dispute Resolution Program (DRP), administered by the Human Relations Branch of LA County’s Department of Community and Senior Services, has released program changes being proposed for Los Angeles County, and invites public comment on those changes.
In June, DRP held a public forum seeking public input on a number of challenges and opportunities facing the Dispute Resolution Program.
After considering the public input, DRP has released a set of proposed changes that are intended to:
* Partially address the steep decline in available funds for the County Dispute Resolution Program;
* Change the funding approach in order to encourage the greatest possible level of services and incentivize efficiency;
* Fund resolution services for Community, Day of Court Hearing, and Victim-Offender (Restorative Justice) disputes;
* Fund each Provider to offer dispute resolution services to specific geographic areas in order to ensure equitable distribution of services throughout the county;
* Enhance outreach and training requirements to increase the numbers and diversity of community “peacemakers” and ensure continual improvement of facilitator skills;
To learn more about the proposed changes to DRP, visit www.lahumanrelations.org.
The public is invited to comment on the proposed changes to DRP, and to attend a public forum on Friday, October 11th from 10 am to 12 noon regarding these changes.
The forum will be held at Community and Senior Services headquarters, 3175 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, 90020. Please call 213.637.1855 to RSVP by Wednesday, October 9th, so that free parking can be arranged. Interested persons also may submit comments in writing to DRP Public Comment, c/o Robert Sowell, CSS, 3175 W. 6th Street, LA, CA 90020, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by close of business, 6 p.m., on October 11th.
About the Human Relations Commission
The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations is one of the oldest and largest agencies of its kind in the United States. The Commission works to transform prejudice into acceptance, inequity into justice, and hostility into peace.