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, 2016


CAMFT Staff and Board participated in 3 meetings with Department of Managed Health Care Consumer, Plan, Provider, Agency Sub-Work Group, Department of Health Care Services Behavioral Health Forum, BBS Policy & Advocacy 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.

CAMFT Legal Staff responded to over 2,130 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 12,000 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 10,023 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 2,649 different therapist profiles and 22,152 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 met with 3 legislative offices, U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, and Orrin Hatch, and submitted 6 advocacy letters to:

  • Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner, regarding CAMFT’s concerns about the proposed acquisition of Cigna Corporation by Anthem Blue Cross
  • Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner, regarding CAMFT’s concerns about the proposed acquisition of Humana Inc. by Aetna Inc.
  • California Assembly Committee on Appropriations, urging Committee members to vote “Aye” on AB 1863 (previously AB 858) which would require Medi-Cal to reimburse Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics for mental health services provided on the same day
  • State Senator Mark Leno opposing SB 614 unless amended to resolve several issues
  • U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, thanking him for sponsoring the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act of 2016 (S.524)
  • US Representatives Paul Cook and Pete Aguilar thanking each for co-sponsoring the Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2015 (HR 2759)
  • 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, Staff and lobbyists attended 5 receptions for State Senators Mike McGuire and Ed Hernandez, Assemblymembers Marc Steinorth and Richard Gordon, and Davis, California Mayor and Assembly Candidate Dan Wolk. 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 participated in 2 Chapter meetings, Redwood Empire and Los Angeles and CAMFT Staff addressed 1 Chapter, 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 Board and Staff presented at 2 schools and 1 agency: San Francisco State University Counseling Symposium, Azusa Pacific University and Sonoma County Office of Education. Presentations to schools are an effective way to engage the next generation of CAMFT members.

CAMFT Staff presented Law and Ethics seminars at 4 Chapters and 2 agencies: Central Coast, San Gabriel Valley, San Diego North County, Ventura County, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and Olive Crest. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.

CAMFT Staff presented a webinar at 1 school: Pepperdine University. Webinars are interactive, cost-effective tools for conveying important and timely information to large segments of the membership.

CAMFT Staff participated in 1 job fair: Orange County Chapter. Job and placement fairs are an effective way to engage the next generation of CAMFT members.

CAMFT Staff promoted CAMFT membership, CAMFT’s Continuing Education Provider Approval Program, and CounselingCalifornia.com at 1 professional exhibit: California Psychological Association. CAMFT promotes its member services and benefits to other mental health practitioners as an additional professional resource.

CAMFT issued 1 press release and coordinated 3 member-written articles. Articles by or featuring MFTs educate potential clients about the services and scope of knowledge of MFTs.

The CAMFT Task Force on Committees, and Legislative, Insurance & Healthcare Reform, Crisis Response Education & Resources, and Public Outreach Committees 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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