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.
- Staff and Board Members attended meetings with: Irregulars at the California Hospital Association, BBS Policy and Advocacy, BBS Supervision, Executive Director of BBS, Executive Director of California Psychological Association, San Diego County TERM Advisory Board, OSHPD Work Education and Training Advisory Committee. 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.
- Staff Attorneys responded to 1855 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.
- 18,057 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 15,184 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 4,700 different therapist profiles and 38,719 total page views. This marketing tool is available to all members for the purpose of promoting services to the public. Create your profile now.
- CAMFT advocated on the following pieces of legislation:
- Supported: AB 1577-Certificates of Death: Gender Identity ; AB 1775-Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act; AB 1951-Modernizing the California Birth Certificate; AB 2016-Pupil Instruction: Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention; AB 2213-Behavioral Health Care Licensees; SB 909-Dependent Children: Health Screenings ; SB 1012-Development Services; SB 1046-Penalty Equality: Enforcement of the Mental Health Parity Act; SB 1081-Federal Qualified Health Centers; and, SB 1150-Medi Cal: FQHC’s and RHC’s; and, SB 1176-Health Care Coverage: Cost Sharing: Tracking.
- Opposed: AB 1790-Foster Children: Mental Health Services; AB 2198-Mental Health Professionals: Suicide Prevention Training
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.
Staff attended fundraisers for Assemblyman Richard Bloom and Congresswoman Susan Davis. 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.
Staff presented at 2 schools: “What Does the Law Expect of Me? Part II” at Hope International University, and “Road to Licensure” at Azusa Pacific University. Presentations to schools are an effective way to engage the next generation of CAMFT members.
Staff participated in meetings with and presentations to 4 chapters and 1 agency: Central Coast, San Diego North County, Ventura County, Inland Empire, and the Riverside County Department of Mental Health. 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.
- The CAMFT Crisis Response Education & Resource Committee and Election Committee 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 CAMFT at 7901 Raytheon Road, San Diego, CA 92111. Committee appointments are made by the President of the Board of Directors.Click here for a list of Committees.
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