Early Intervention Program (EIP)
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Mediation
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a process that allows parties to resolve suitable cases without a formal oral or written hearing, by providing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services (for single-party appeals) and mediation (for two-party appeals).
Participation in the EIP in either ADR or mediation is strictly confidential and voluntary. There is no prejudice to any party that participates in the EIP because parties can opt out of the process at any time and exercise their right have their appeal adjudicated before a Vice-Chair or Panel, who will have no knowledge of the party’s discussions in the EIP.
You can request ADR or mediation on your Confirmation of Appeal (COA) form or by contacting the WSIAT. Ultimately, it is the WSIAT that determines whether or not a case is suitable for the EIP.
Parties who wish to participate in either ADR or mediation must sign a consent form, which sets out their roles and responsibilities as well as their confidentiality obligations.
For more information about the EIP or if you are interested in a Zoom presentation for your organization, please contact the ADR Department at 437-460-7078.