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, 2017

CAMFT Staff participated in 6 meetings with Department of Health Care Services, Medi-Cal Children’s Health Advisory Panel, Irregulars, AAMFT, BBS Executive Officer, and 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 1,840 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 9,380 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 7,414 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 1,646 different therapist profiles and 24,418 total page views. The newly re-designed CounselingCalifornia.com marketing tool is available to all members for the purpose of promoting services to the public. Create your profile now.

CAMFT Staff testified before 1 Assembly Committee: Assembly Budget Subcommittee in support of removing delayed implementation of AB 1863.

CAMFT Staff submitted 11 advocacy letters to:

  • Assembly Member Jose Medina in support of AB 93 which would increase the quality of supervision to pre-licensees.
  • Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula in support of AB 470 which would create a performance outcome system for specialty mental health services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries in underserved communities.
  • Assembly Member Brian Maienschein in support of AB 516 which would provide for additional protection of those with mental disorders and developmental disabilities from sexual assault and abuse.
  • Assembly Member Reginald Jones-Sawyer in support of AB 575 which would add substance use disorder counselors to the list of providers required to report elder abuse and neglect under California law.
  • Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell in support of AB 834 which would establish he Office of School-Based Health Programs (OSBH).
  • Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian in support of AB 1188 which would increase licensing fees for those regulated by the BBS and other regulatory boards for the purpose of enhancing the Licensed Mental Health Service Provider Education Program.
  • State Senators Toni Atkins and Scott Wiener in support of SB 179 which would ease barriers for people applying for a change in gender on their state issued identity documents.
  • State Senator Jim Beall in support of SB 191 which would promote partnerships between counties and school districts in an effort to reduce barriers to mental health access for children and families.
  • State Senator Robert Hertzberg in support of SB 237 which would authorize an arresting officer to release an arrested person from custody without taking him/her to court if the person is delivered to a specified facility for the purpose of mental health evaluation and treatment and no further criminal proceedings are desirable.
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell in support of SB 323 which would authorize Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics to provide specialty mental health services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries as part of a mental health plan’s provider network.
  • State Senator Ricardo Lara, asking him to co-sponsor SB 374 which would require all health care policies that cover mental health and substance use disorder benefits to comply with the federal Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008

CAMFT consistently interacts with key legislators and agencies 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 Members met with 15 legislative offices, for U.S. Representatives Tony Cardenas, Ken Calvert, Anna Eshoo, Ted Lieu, Doris Matsui, Kevin McCarthy, Jerry McNerney, Devin Nunes, Ed Royce, Raul Ruiz, Linda Sanchez, Jackie Speier, Mimi Walters, and US Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris. 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 attended 1 open house for Assembly Member Monique Limon and 1 town hall for US Representative Salud Carbajal. CAMFT Staff and lobbyists attended 3 receptions for US Representatives Mimi Walters and Mike Thompson, and State Senator Toni Atkins. 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 1 Chapter meeting: Santa Barbara. 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 withyour local chapter .

CAMFT Staff presented Law and Ethics seminars at 2 Chapters and 1 school: Central Coast and Ventura County, and Azusa Pacific University. CAMFT Staff presented 1 Law and Ethics seminar at CAMFT headquarters. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.

The CAMFT Executive and Legislative 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 listof Committees .

The CAMFT Board of Directors met on April 21, 2017, via conference call. The Board will meet again on June 3-4, 2017, in La Jolla, CA.  For Board meetingdates, highlights, and minutes, click here .

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