EDUCATION

The School Attendance Mediation Program is preventative in nature. The goal of the program is to intervene priour to a student's becoming truant.


SEMS provides on-site workshops and materials to strengthen communication and collaboration skills that support productive relatioships.

Manage Complex Meetings

SEMS' trained neutral facilitators help mange special education meetings so participants can focus on issues, voice concerns and contribute ideas.

SEMS Support is:

IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan}

meetings for 0- to 3- year olds

IEP (Individualized Education Program)

meetings for 3- to 26-year-olds

MDR (Manifestation Determination Review)

meetings in response to long-term suspension or expulsion decisions

RS (Resolution Session)

meetings related to due process complaints

The Michigan Special Education Mediation Program (MSEMP) helps parents, educators, and service providers develop productive relationships for resolving issues in early intervention and special education.
MSEMP is a federally funded project of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education. There is no cost to the family, student or schools if they choose to utilize this program. 
The MSEMP provides services to assist with building constructive relationships while creating an Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP), an Individualized Education Program (IEP), or resolution meeting. MSEMP services include:
We are so happy you’re interested in getting involved with our work here at Community Mediation Services. There are so many ways for you to help, and we truly appreciate each and every effort. By lending your support, you’ll become a valuable part of our Non-Profit Organization and help to strengthen our operations.

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Facilitation can help the parties develop the best plan for the circumstances. A neutral facilitator helps participants with communication so that participants can focus on and resolve the planning or resolution meeting issues.

Mediation aids parties in resolving disputes that may arise from IFSP or IEP implementation. Mediation is voluntary and confidential. The neutral mediator fosters a cooperative discussion. The parties alone make the final decisions. If they cannot reach a decision, the parties can move on to the hearing process or complaint.

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Learning collaborative communication and dispute resolution techniques can help parents, educators, and service providers be more effective in planning and decision making. Workshops can be adapted to the particular needs of parent, educator, provider, and other groups.

The more people know about facilitation and mediation services, the more they can benefit from them. Presentations can be made anywhere in the state and are supported by materials that explain the benefits of collaborative methods.

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