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Mediation & Monitoring

Mediation & Monitoring

We can help you carve out a path forward to improve your system, bringing together divergent viewpoints and identifying common ground.

 

Oklahoma

Child Welfare System

At the request of the State of Oklahoma and advocates for the state's foster children, Eileen Crummy, Kathleen Noonan and Kevin Ryan serve as the court-appointed Co-Neutrals charged with monitoring Oklahoma's progress under the Compromise and Settlement Agreement in D.G. v. Henry, a federal class action lawsuit brought on behalf of the state's foster children. In 2011, the parties to the lawsuit asked Kevin and Kathleen to serve as the lead mediators during settlement negotiations. The mediation resulted in a groundbreaking settlement, which the plaintiffs and the state acknowledge is unique nationally in affording the state an ability to build its own improvement plan, while ensuring accountability for positive outcomes for children. The Compromise and Settlement Agreement is, in part, modeled on a classic bankruptcy restructuring paradigm, which allows an organization to reorganize itself, right the course of its operations and exit court oversight once having made substantial progress and continuing to trend in a positive direction.

 

Michigan

Child Welfare System

Kevin Ryan and Eileen Crummy are the court appointed federal monitors in the class action lawsuit, Dwayne B. v. Snyder. Their appointment was the result of a 2008 settlement of a lawsuit filed by Children's Rights, a national child welfare advocacy organization, on behalf of children in the Michigan child welfare system. In 2011, the State and Children's Rights entered into a modified settlement agreement.  The parties renegotiated the modified agreement in 2015, resulting in an Implementation, Sustainability, and Exit Plan that was approved by the Court on February 2, 2016. Kevin and Eileen served as the mediation team assisting the parties in crafting the modified agreements. In their role as monitors, Kevin and Eileen conduct verification work through case reviews, meeting with public and private child advocates, staff, consumers and government representatives. They produce periodic reports for the federal court on the progress of child welfare reform in Michigan and, as necessary, continue to mediate issues that require resolution between the parties.

 

Mississippi

Child Welfare System

Acknowledging the desire and need for broader progress by the Mississippi Department of Human Services pursuant to the Modified Mississippi Settlement Agreement and Reform Plan in Olivia Y. v. Bryant, Plaintiffs foster children, through their counsel A Better Childhood, reached an agreement in July 2015 with Governor Phil Bryant, MDHS and its Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS). The court’s order set forth, among other things, a period for Public Catalyst to complete an organizational analysis of the Mississippi child welfare system.  Public Catalyst issued a Final Organizational Analysis Report that included recommendations crafted to strengthen Mississippi’s ability to achieve substantial and sustainable improvements in its child welfare system.  The parties agreed to adopt the recommendations and the court named Public Catalyst to support the state to operationalize them.  Leading this effort for Public Catalyst, Eileen Crummy and Lisa Alexander-Taylor provide technical assistance and planning and implementation support to DFCS.