Our History

CM has been in existence since 1980 and is one of the oldest community mediation centers in the country.  At this time, CM is the only independent nonprofit mediation center in the state of CT; therefore, CM has a unique standing when considering expertise in the field of communication, peer mediation and facilitation training. Particularly notable achievements in the past few years are:

  • Mediating between the mayors of East Haven and New Haven over Tweed Airport.  The parties reached an agreement after a 20-year dispute.
  • Training approximately 5,000 New Haven Public School youth in peer mediation and conflict management.
  • Providing nonviolent communication training to all police officers working for the Town of Hamden.
  • Conducting police/community dialogues in 2010/11 in four New Haven regions, which led to greater understanding and a commitment to work together to create safer neighborhoods.
  • Conducting workshops in 2012 and 2013 for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
  • Facilitating meetings of the Mental Health Writing Group for the Governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission through 2013-14.


Mediation continues to grow in popularity and utilization across the nation. CM’s services are appropriate for all sectors of the population. Our training and mediation services can assist individuals, private businesses, non-profit organizations, and municipal agencies in maintaining healthy relationships and realizing their goals in a more effective manner.


1980 —  Community Mediation, Inc. (CM) became incorporated, beginning as a small neighborhood mediation center serving the residents of the Fair Haven neighborhood of New Haven and run by a corps of volunteer mediators.

1985 — As the result of CM’s success with criminal court mediation for Fair Haven residents, the courts asked CM to begin mediating cases from the criminal court for residents of the New Haven region. (Put when this ended?)

1989 — CM expanded its services through the creation of the Eviction and Foreclosure Mediation program, which combined financial assistance with landlord/tenant mediation.  (Put when this ended?)

1991 — CM conducted its first peer mediation training in the New Haven Public Schools.1998—CM created the Dialogue Project to promote interracial dialogue. This grew into a program for general dialogue, civic engagement, facilitation training.

2007 — CM began its partnership with the local Juvenile Review Board and has been providing victim/offender and co-defendant mediation for the program for seven years.

2010 — CM hired the current Associate Executive Director and, since then, has expanded its offerings from Basic Mediation and Facilitation to an entire menu of workshops related to effective communication.

Present — CM continues to provide excellent mediation services on a sliding-scale fee basis, in addition to providing trainings and four different grant- and contract-funded programs.