The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Birth to 3 Program has established a mediation system to help parents and the county agency resolve disputes concerning early intervention services for children with significant developmental delays or disabilities. The mediation system provides a voluntary form of dispute resolution that protects the child's interests while helping parents and the county agency reach a mutually acceptable solution. Mediation services are paid for using state and federal funds.
Mediation may be used when disputes arise concerning the determination of eligibility, the evaluation or assessment process, or the provision of appropriate early intervention services. Either a parent or a county agency, or both, may request mediation. The process begins by completing a Request for Mediation form and sending it to the Birth to 3 Mediation System.
The Birth to 3 Mediation System is provided through a contract with Burns Mediation Services, a neutral provider of the intake, screening and mediation referral process. For additional questions, please contact Jane Burns, the Intake Coordinator for the Birth to 3 Mediation System at 888-298-3857.
You can also view and print a copy of the Mediation System brochure, P-23117.