The DRMH Initiative

The Dispute Resolution in Mental Health Initiative (DRMH Initiative) is operated by the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center (CUNY DRC) at John Jay College with MH Mediate serving as Program Consultant.  We develop programs at the intersection of mental health and conflict resolution.

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Upcoming Programs for Family Mental Health Conflicts

The DRMH Initiative is happy to announce that we have been awarded a new grant from the AAA-ICDR Foundation to develop an online set of conflict resolution resources for families experiencing mental health conflicts.  We will host a kick-off event to launch the program this summer.  Please contact us if you would like updates on this project.

Recent Programs

Welcoming Peers to Conflict Resolution Communities
Funded by the AAA-ICDR Foundation

This online program includes a webinar and PDF guide to help conflict resolvers welcome mental health peers into their programs and services.
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Conflict Resolution Resources for Peers

Funded by the AAA-ICDR Foundation

This online program includes a webinar, PDF guide, referral resource, and additional companion resources to help mental health peers learn conflict resolution skills and access services.
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Talking Mental Health Toolkit

Funded by the NY State Office of Mental Health’s Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund

The three action guides from the Talking Mental Health Toolkit and the companion Empowering Mental Health Conversations webinar can help anyone have empowering conversations about mental health using conflict resolution principles.

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Supportive Housing Network of NY Program

This program provides a basic introduction to conflict resolution for supportive housing program directors.  We have been working to develop more housing-focused resources.

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National Dialogue on Mental Health

This was New York City’s first mental health conversation event as part of Barack Obama’s National Dialogue on Mental Health.

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5-Day Basic Mediation Skills Training for Peer Specialists

Funded by the AAA-ICDR Foundation

This training provided an introduction to mediation skills for peer specialists (people with lived experience of mental health problems who assist in mental health service delivery) in the New York City area received Part 146 approval from the NY Unified Court System.



The CUNY Dispute Resolution Center  is a hub of conflict resolution events, programs, and resources based at John Jay College in New York City.  It was started in 1993 with Hewlett Foundation funding. The CUNY DRC conducts research, provides technical assistance, designs innovative programming initiatives, develops training programs, organizes conferences, and maintains a popular listserv for those interested in dispute resolution. The CUNY DRC works very closely with a wide range of organizations in the NYC metropolitan area to advance the field.

MH Mediate was founded in 2012 to advance best practices in mental health communication and conflict resolution.  MH Mediate provides trainings, mediation services, and organizational consulting to help people talk about mental health, resolve conflicts, address challenging behaviors, and become accessible to diverse needs.  MH Mediate has provided programs in over a dozen states and nationally through online programs to clients including workplaces, mental health service providers, housing providers, universities, and government agencies at the city, state, and federal levels.