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.

June, 2016

CAMFT Staff participated in 7 meetings with Justice for Vets, Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Board Portability, California Association of Health Plans “Telehealth in California,” Irregulars, and Consortiums in San Diego, Imperial County, and 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 over 2,000 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 12,120 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 9,781 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 2,122 different therapist profiles and 20,362 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 and CAMFT Member J.M. Evosevich testified before the Senate Health Committee regarding AB 1863 to include qualified LMFTs as providers within Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics, and CAMFT Member Darlene Davis testified before the Senate Committee on Business and Professions regarding AB 1808 to permit MFT Trainees working under supervision to treat a minor under the same limited terms and conditions as LMFTs. CAMFT Staff submitted 6 advocacy letters to:

  • State Senate Committee on Business and Professions, urging members to pass AB 1808
  • State Senate Committee on Judiciary, urging members to pass AB 1808
  • State Senate Committee on Business and Professions, urging members to oppose AB 1715 unless the language of the bill is amended to address concerns regarding job elimination, consumer protection, and licensure bans
  • State Senate Committee on Public Safety, urging members to oppose AB 2607 unless amended to remove “mental health workers” from the bill text. As written, this bill would add psychotherapists to the list of people who can request a gun restraining order for patients; this confuses a therapist’s duties and obligations to both their patients, as well as California law.
  • State Senate Floor, urging Senators to vote “NO” when AB 2607 is heard on the Senate floor
  • Governor Brown, urging him to veto AB 2607

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 Staff and lobbyists attended 5 receptions for State Assembly Members Kim, Obernolte, and Olsen, and US Representatives Brownley and Lowenthal. 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 4 Chapter meetings, Redwood Empire, Southwest Riverside, Orange County, and Long Beach/South 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.

CAMFT Staff presented Law and Ethics seminars at 3 Chapters, 1 school and 1 agency: Delta Stockton, Desert, San Fernando Valley; Pepperdine University’s Irvine Campus; and Victor Community Services. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.

The CAMFT Elections, Legislative, Public Outreach, and Continuing Education Provider Approval 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 June 4-5, 2016, in San Diego. The Board hosted a reception for the San Diego North County Chapter board members. The Board will meet again on September 24-25, 2016, in San Francisco, CA. For Board meeting dates, highlights, and minutes, click here.

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