Talk Listen Restore – The Community Mediation Center, Restorative Justice and More

Host Margo Patterson is joined by Annette Lantz-Simmons Executive Director of the Community Mediation Center to talk about their programs, training and services. CMC provides conflict resolution for schools, businesses, churches, neighborhoods, families in the Kansas City area. Find out what Restorative Justice is and how it is being introduced into neighborhoods and schools in KC.

Founded in 2000, the Community Mediation Center (CMC) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization providing mediation services, facilitation and training to individuals and organizations, at a reasonable cost. Our goal is to empower people to solve conflict in their lives, giving them lifelong tools they need to find peaceful solutions.

After nine years heading a successful mediation center in Davenport, Iowa, Diane Kyser, the Executive Director of CMC, moved to the Kansas City area. Interested community organizers urged her to develop a similar program in this area, a place where people could go to find help in positively addressing the potentially destructive conflicts of daily life. An advisory Council soon became a Board of Directors that incorporated as a nonprofit agency in the spring of 2000. Area police departments and schools as well as courts began to refer people to CMC. In 2001 and 2002, funding began coming from United Way and Community Development Block Grants, and the paid staff grew to two people. Programs expanded to include domestic mediation, deciding property and custody issues. In 2004, funding from the Missouri Department of Public Safety enabled the expansion of victim-offender mediation for Jackson County Juvenile Courts. A similar program was added through Clay County Juvenile Court. In 2005, two more staff members were added. Today, one full-time, seven part-time staff members, and 15 dedicated volunteers keep the vision of finding peaceful solutions to problems alive.

Some of the training available through CMC are Interpersonal Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Mediation Skills Training and Domestic Relations Mediation Training. To find out more about times and dates for training sessions you can contact CMC at Phone: 816.461.8255 Email: [email protected] and check out Annette Lantz-Simmons blog at

Calendar for 3.25.2013

24th District State Representative Judy Morgan is hosting a town hall meeting, Thursday April 4th from 6:30 to 8 PM in Conover Hall at All Soul Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KCMO. Judy will have information about Medicare expansion in Missouri. Refreshments will be served.

The Kansas City Chapter of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare will have their first Friday gathering April 5th 11:30AM to 1PM at Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport Rd, KCMO. The discussion will be about current and critical legislation in the Missouri Legislature. The Guests are Senate Minority Leader Jolie Justus, Joanna Sebelien of Harvesters and Jannette Mott-Oxford, Executive Director of MASW.

Leslie’s Legacy of Love, Memorial Blood Drive and Health Fair will be held Saturday April 6th 9am to 2pm at Swope Health Services, Building C, 3801 Blue Parkway, KCMO. You can book an appointment at or call Ursala at 816-536-5942 or email [email protected]

The Skilled Trades Outreach event scheduled for last Saturday at Swope Park Shelter House #1 had to be postponed. Stay tuned to Jaws of Justice Radio for information on the resecheduled event.

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