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What is mediation?

(1) Mediation is a process in which a trained mediator conducts a meeting with you and a representative from DVR, usually your DVR counselor to help you settle a disagreement.
(a) The mediator does not work for DVR.
(b) The mediator does not make decisions about your case.
(c) Mediation is voluntary for all parties.
(2) During mediation:
(a) Each party presents information or evidence;
(b) The mediator reviews and explains the laws that apply; and
(c) The mediator helps you and the VR representative reach an agreement, if possible.
(3) You may ask someone to represent you during the mediation, including a CAP representative, however, you must be present.
(4) Agreements you and DVR reach through mediation are not legally binding.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.29.020, 74.08.090, August 1998 amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 34 C.F.R. Parts 361 and 363, chapters 74.29, 43.19 RCW, RCW 43.43.832, 4.24.550, 71.09.340, 9A.44.130, and chapter 26.44 RCW. WSR 03-02-014, ยง 388-891-0225, filed 12/20/02, effective 2/3/03.]
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