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February, 2016


CAMFT Staff and Board participated in 4 meetings with Irregulars, California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals, the Department of Managed Healthcare Consumer, Provider, Plan, and Agency, and Kim Madsen, Executive Officer of BBS. 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 over 2066 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 14,380 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 11,845 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 3,237 different therapist profiles and 26,151 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 Staff submitted 2 advocacy letters to:

  • Governor Jerry Brown thanking him for allocating budgeting and staffing positions for the BBS in his proposed 2016/2017 State Budget
  • State Senator Ed Hernandez regarding telehealth reimbursement issues
  • William Ellerbee, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction at the California Department of Education, to open a discussion about the unmet mental health needs in the K-12 California school system

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

CAMFT Board and Staff met with 9 legislative offices, U.S Representatives Susan Brooks, Paul Ryan, Mark DeSaulnier, Grace Napolitano, and John Katko, State Senator Ed Hernandez, Assemblymembers Jim Wood and Jay Obernolte, and Marin County Supervisor Judy Arnold. CAMFT consistently interacts with key legislators to reinforce how proposed legislation, regulation, or other actions may be beneficial or harmful to LMFTs and MFT Interns and Trainees. Advocacy is a cornerstone of CAMFT’s commitment to members.

CAMFT Board and lobbyists attended 10 receptions for State Senators Mike McGuire, Mike Morrell, Ed Hernandez, and Darrell Steinberg, and Assemblymembers Ed Chau, Lorena Gonzalez, Kevin Mullin, Chris Holden, Jim Wood, and Melissa Melendez. 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!

The CAMFT Chapter Leadership Conference was held on February 19 & 20, 2016 in San Mateo, CA. There were over 100 chapter volunteers in attendance representing 26 of the 28 active chapters of CAMFT. The Board also participated in this event. The Chapter Leadership Conference is hosted each year by CAMFT to provide education and networking opportunities to individuals volunteering within local CAMFT chapters.

CAMFT Staff presented Law and Ethics seminars at 2 Chapters: Inland Empire and Santa Cruz. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.

CAMFT Staff and Board participated in 3 Chapter meetings: Southwest Riverside, Redwood Empire, and Los Angeles. 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 Click here to connect with your local chapter .

The CAMFT Bylaws, Ethics, Certified Supervisor Program, Public Outreach, Strategic Planning, Audit, Political Action, and Annual Conference & Continuing Education Planning Committees, the Leadership Advisory Council, and the Educational Foundation Board of Directors met. If you are interested in serving on a Committee, please contact aredd@camft.org. Committee appointments are made by the President of the Board of Directors. Click here for a list of Committees .

 

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