Welcome to Behind the Scenes.” This monthly, online column provides members with a backstage pass to see what CAMFT is doing to serve our members and how we are working to ensure that the interests of LMFTs and MFT Interns and Trainees are being served.

April 2015

  • CAMFT Staff participated in 8 meetings with MFT Leadership Collaborative, Irregulars, BBS Policy & Advocacy Committee, BBS Supervision, BBS Executive Officer, DHCS Behavioral Health Growth Committee, DHCS Behavioral Treatment Stakeholders, and Coordinated Care Initiative Stakeholders. It is critical for CAMFT to have a place at the table with other mental health professionals and regulatory bodies. These meetings will always be a high priority.
  • CAMFT Legal Staff responded to 1958 calls from members with questions on legal, ethical and licensure issues. Access to this expert, legal guidance is one of the most beneficial and popular member benefits.
  • Over 19,550 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 16,255 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 4,655 different therapist profiles and 38,649 total page views. The CounselingCalifornia.com marketing tool is available to all members for the purpose of promoting services to the public. Create your profile now.

  • CAMFT submitted advocacy letters to:
    • Assemblyperson Jim Wood thanking him for authoring AB 690 regarding including LMFTs as providers in Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics
    • Assembly Appropriations Committee in support of AB 690
    • Assembly Health Committee in support of amending AB 250 to clarify that MFT interns and trainees may provide telehealth services under licensed supervision
    • Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee urging their support of AB 250 as amended
    • Assemblyperson Ed Chau in support of AB 41 regarding health care coverage discrimination
    • Assemblyperson Jim Wood in support of AB 858 regarding same-day billing at Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics
    • Assemblyperson Tony Thurmond in support of AB 1025 if amended to include all mental health stakeholders within the proposed multi-tiered, integrated interventions pilot program
    • Assemblypersons Kevin Mullin and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas thanking them for authoring AB 847 regarding requiring the DHCS to develop a proposal to compete to become a designated state to receive enhanced federal mental health funds under the Excellence in Mental Health Act
    • Assemblyperson Cristina Garcia in support of AB 832 regarding reportable child abuse
    • State Senator Holly Mitchell in support of SB 289 regarding reimbursement of telehealth services
    • State Senators Holly Mitchell and Jim Beall in support of SB 11 regarding mandating additional evidence-based behavioral health training for peace officers
    • State Senator Jim Beall in support of SB 29 regarding behavioral health training for field training officer instructors
    • State Senator Richard Pan in support of SB 610 regarding funding for FQHCs and RHCs

CAMFT consistently interacts with key legislators, agencies and other organizations to reinforce how proposed legislation may be beneficial or harmful to LMFTs and MFT Interns and Trainees. Advocacy is a cornerstone of CAMFT’s commitment to members.

  • CAMFT Staff along with former CAMFT Board Member J.M. Evosevich testified before the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions regarding AB 250 and before the Assembly Committee on Health regarding AB 690. CAMFT consistently interacts with key legislators, agencies and other organizations to reinforce how proposed legislation may be beneficial or harmful to LMFTs and MFT Interns and Trainees. Advocacy is a cornerstone of CAMFT’s commitment to members.
  • CAMFT lobbyists attended 2 receptions for State Assemblypersons Susan Bonilla and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas. The goal of the CAMFT PAC is to ensure that Marriage and Family Therapist-friendly candidates and incumbents from both political parties get elected to the California legislature. We support candidates who have demonstrated an understanding and willingness to fight for the issues most important to Marriage and Family Therapists. Click here to donate to the CAMFT PAC!
  • CAMFT Staff participated in 1 webinar and 1 forum: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking pertaining to Application of Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program; and DHCS Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services Behavioral Health Forum. CAMFT engages in relevant conversations with agencies and organizations about current topics that affect mental health professionals.
  • CAMFT Staff coordinated 1 press release “President Obama, the US Surgeon General and Congressional Leaders Share the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists’ Stance Against Conversion Therapy for Minors”. Articles and television interviews by or featuring LMFTs educate potential clients about the services and scope of knowledge of LMFTs.
  • CAMFT Staff promoted CAMFT membership, the Continuing Education Provider Approval program, and CounselingCalifornia.com at 1 professional exhibit: California Psychological Association Convention. CAMFT promotes its member services and benefits to other mental health practitioners as an additional professional resource.
  • CAMFT Staff made presentations at 3 chapter meetings: Central Coast, San Diego North County, and Ventura County. Chapter meetings are a prime opportunity for CAMFT leadership and staff to hear directly from members and exchange ideas for serving members. Click here to connect with your local chapter.
  • CAMFT Staff made presentations at 1 agency and 3 schools: Santa Clara County Behavioral Health, Azusa Pacific University, Alliant University and California Southern University. Presentations to schools are an effective way to engage the next generation of CAMFT members. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.
  • The CAMFT Public Outreach Subcommittee, Crisis Response Education and Resource Committee, Chapter Advisory Council, CAMFT Connects Task Force and Educational Foundation Board of Directors met. If you are interested in serving on a Committee in 2015-2016, please send a cover letter indicating the committee in which you are interested along with your resume to aredd@camft.org. Committee appointments are made by the President of the Board of Directors. Click here for a list of Committees.
  • The CAMFT Board of Directors met via conference call on April 23, 2015. The Board will meet again May 17, 2015, in Closed Session, then again June 6-7, 2015, in San Diego, CA. Click here for the list of upcoming Board meetings and agendas.

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