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.

December, 2015


CAMFT Staff and Board participated in 6 meetings with Irregulars, AAMFT-CA leadership, Department of Health Care Services Medi-Cal Managed Care Advisory Group, Department of Health Care Services Behavioral Health Treatment, and consortiums in Greater Los Angeles and Central Coast Region. 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 1500 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 11,880 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 9,919 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 2,946 different therapist profiles and 20,893 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 3 advocacy letters to:

  • Joseph Duran, Deputy Director of Program Administration at the Veterans Health Administration, regarding Public Law 114-41 and LMFT’s exclusion as TriWest providers
  • US Representatives Napolitano and Raul thanking each for co-sponsoring the Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2015 (HR 2759)
  • Shelley Rouillard, Director of California Department of Managed Health Care, regarding CAMFT’s concerns about the proposed acquisition of Health Net by Centene

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 met with 2 legislative offices, Chuck Washington of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and State Senator Jeff Stone. 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 lobbyists attended 1 reception for the U.S. Representatives Ken Calvert, Julia Brownley, and Raul Ruiz. 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 Staff participated in 1 state agency webinar and 1 state agency forum: Department of Health Care Services Performance webinar; and Department of Health Care Services Behavioral Health Forum. CAMFT engages in relevant conversations with agencies and organizations about current topics that affect mental health professionals.

CAMFT held a Military Workshop November 14-16, 2015, at the Sheraton Resort & Spa in Carlsbad. There were 69 people in attendance. Workshops are an effective way for CAMFT members to earn continuing education units and learn more about current topics that affect mental health professionals.

CAMFT Staff promoted CAMFT membership at 1 school: John F. Kennedy University Trainee Placement Fair. Job and placement fairs are an effective way to engage the next generation of CAMFT members.

CAMFT Staff presented a Law and Ethics seminar at 1 agency: Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.

CAMFT Board participated in 3 Chapter meetings: San Francisco, Redwood Empire, and East Bay. 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 Public Outreach, Nominating, Executive, and Finance 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.

The CAMFT Board of Directors met on December 5-6, 2015, in Long Beach. The Board hosted a reception for the Long Beach-South Bay Chapter board members. The Board will meet again on March 20-21, 2016, in Napa, CA. For Board meeting dates, highlights, and minutes, click here.

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