Richard Bedine, Esq. was hired as the founding Executive Director of Solutions for Living (formerly Lynn Youth Resource Bureau) in 1974. Richard was one of the first mediators in the state of Massachusetts. His mediation expertise strongly influenced his design and implementation of innovative advocacy, mediation and therapeutic programs that continue to support youth, adults and families in need. His accomplishments include developing model community mediation, peer mediation, court diversion and home based intervention programs.
Under Richard’s leadership, Solutions for Living was one of the first providers in Massachusetts to professionalize home based and community oriented services for DYS, DMH and DCF and the families and individuals they serve. Solutions for Living expanded further to include a conflict of interest case management contract through DCF and outpatient therapeutic services. Richard trained mediators young and old throughout Massachusetts and the surrounding states. His passion for mediation influenced the creation of Solutions for Living’s highly effective peer mediation programs in area high schools beginning in 1993 which continue to flourish in Lynn English and Classical High Schools.