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.

March 2015

  • CAMFT Staff participated in 9 meetings with MFT Leadership Collaborative, Irregulars, Department of Health Care Services, DHCS Advisory Group, California Coalition for Mental Health, AAMFT Executive Director, and Consortiums in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Central Coast. 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 2078 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 18,674 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 15,437 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 4,773 different therapist profiles and 38,907 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 advocacy letters to:
    • CA Assemblymember Jim Wood and the CA Assembly Health Committee in support of AB 690, Medi-Cal: federally qualified health centers: rural health clinics;
    • CA Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee urging support of AB 250, Telehealth: marriage and family therapist interns and trainees;
    • CA Assemblymember Susan Eggman in support of AB 1193, Mental health services: assisted outpatient treatment;
    • CA Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas in support of AB 1299, Medi-Cal: specialty mental health services: foster children;
    • State Senator Marty Block in support of SB 620, Board of Behavioral Sciences: licensure requirements;
    • Dina Kokkos-Gonzales, Chief of Mental Health Services, Department of Health Care Services regarding CAMFT’s concerns about 1915(b) Specialty Mental Health Services Waiver;
    • Governor Jerry Brown, thanking him for including the funding and position authority for additional BBS staffing resources within the 2015/2016 California state budget.

    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 Board, Staff and lobbyists attended 6 receptions for US Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, State Senator Marty Block and State Assemblymembers Roger Hernandez, Susan Eggman, and Marie Waldron. 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 Board and Staff met with 20 legislators: State Assemblymembers Roger Hernandez, Melissa Melendez, Autumn Burke, and Jim Wood; US Representatives Jerry McNerney, Mark DeSaulnier, Jared Huffman, Mike Thompson, Raul Ruiz, Sam Farr, Scott Peters, Xavier Becerra, Anna Eshoo, Barbara Lee, Doris Matsui, Grace Napolitano, Jackie Speier, Julia Brownley, Linda Sanchez, and Lois Capps. CAMFT consistently interacts with key legislators 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 participated in 2 webinars: DHCS Medi-Cal Managed Care Dashboard and DHCS 1115 Waiver Renewal Process. CAMFT engages in relevant conversations with agencies and organizations about current topics that affect mental health professionals.
  • CAMFT Staff made 4 Law & Ethics presentations: San Diego North County, Redding Regional County, and Los Angeles Chapters, and Hope International University. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.
  • The CAMFT Political Action and Finance Committees 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 March 10-14, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Board will meet again June 6-7, 2015, in San Diego, CA.

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