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Today the Resolution Center of Jefferson and Lewis Counties, Inc. is a one-stop-shop for a continuum of conflict intervention services. It encompasses alternative dispute resolution (ex. mediation, restorative practices, arbitration); advocacy for child victims of abuse/neglect to expedite them having safe, forever homes; a peer-led court for youth offenders of misdemeanors and violations to take responsibility and repair harm; supervised visitation for children separated from their parents/families; and licensed mental/behavioral health counseling and psychoeducation services.
1983: Founded under the auspices of Community Action Planning Council (“CAPC”) as the Community Dispute Resolution Center of Jefferson County and under Lewis County Opportunities as Lewis Mediation Service.
Jefferson County Director: Carol Lively ('83-'88). First mediation training was held in August and cases began in September.
Lewis County Director: Richard Pernell. First mediation training was held in July and cases began in August.
1987: Court Appointed Special Advocates (“CASA”) program was added for professional volunteer advocacy of abused and/or neglected children.
1990: The agency ended its partnership with CAPC in order to create a standalone agency.
February 1991: The Jefferson-Lewis Mediation Center, Inc. was formed and the Jefferson County office was housed in the Woolworth Building.
Fall 1991: CASA also joined the Jefferson-Lewis Mediation Center and was officially named CASA of Jefferson County.
1997: Youth Court of Jefferson County was created.
1998: The agency moved to Empsall Plaza.
2003: It's name was changed to the Resolution Center of Jefferson and Lewis Counties, Inc. and it moved to 200 Washington Street (Key Bank Building).
Fall 2006: CASA expanded to Lewis County and its name was changed to CASA of Jefferson and Lewis Counties.
Summer 2011: The Lewis County office was closed due to a massive Unified Court System funding cut.
Fall 2016: The Family Visitation Program was created underneath CASA. The mediation program participated in the AmeriCorps program and introduced Restorative Justice to the community.
2019: The NYS Office of Victims Services child crime victim compensation application service was added to CASA.
July 2020: A formal strategic alliance with Family Counseling Service of NNY, Inc. was initiated to create a unique one-stop-shop of conflict intervention services and they moved to the top, sunny🌞 floor at 531 Washington Street, Watertown.
2023-2024 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dan Campbell, Co-President
Allison Carlos, Co-President
Jamie Ashley, Secretary
Samuel Matt, Treasurer
Andrea Williams Lomber
Richard Young, Founding Member - Emeritus