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.

March, 2014

  • Staff and Board Members attended meetings/conference calls/webinars with: Irregulars at the California Hospital Association, Board of Behavioral Sciences, Consumer Provider Plan Agency at the Department of Managed Health Care, The Department of Health Care Services Medi-Cal Managed Care Division Advisory Group, The Department of Health Care Services Coordinated Care Initiative/Cal MediConnect Update, Central Coast Consortium, and the California Coalition for Mental Health. 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 1982 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.
     
  • 18,089 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 15,209 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 4,650 different therapist profiles and 37,155 total page views. This marketing tool is available to all members for the purpose of promoting services to the public. Create your profile now.
     
  • Staff Attorneys and Board Members wrote the following letters to legislators, agencies, and organizations: A letter of support to Assemblyman Ammiano regarding AB-1775-Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act: Sexual Abuse. A thank you letter to Senator Debbie Stabenow regarding S.562 (Seniors Mental Health Improvement Act of 2013). A letter of support to Senator Leland Yee regarding SB 1148 – Record Retention Bill. A letter to Karen Rose, Chair of Student Services and Special Education Council of the Association of California School Administrators regarding the passing of AB 114 conveying CAMFT support for Credentialing of Mental Health Professionals by the California Teachers Credentialing Board. A letter to Senator Ed Hernandez, Chair of Senate Health Committee, regarding SB 1046 – Penalty Equality—Enforcement of the Mental Health Parity Act. A letter in support of AB-1775 - Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act: Sexual Abuse, to Mike Gatto, Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. A letter to Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman in support of AB 2213: Behavioral Health Care Licensees. A letter to Congresswoman Julia Brownley regarding changing COAMFTE requirements so that LMFT’s would be qualified to work with VA programs. 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.
     
  • CAMFT’s state and federal lobbyists attended fundraisers for: Assemblywoman Marie Waldron and Representatives Alan Lowenthal and Chris Gibson. 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!
     
  • Staff Attorneys presented the following Law and Ethics seminars: “What Does the Law Expect from Me?” in Berkeley. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.
     
  • Staff presented at 1 school: Road to Licensure at the Notre Dame de Namur University. Presentations to schools are an effective way to engage the next generation of CAMFT members.
     
  • CAMFT Board Members attended legislators’ meet and greets with: U.S. Representative Sam Farr, California State Representative Mark Stone and California Senator Bill Monning, a field hearing of the House Veterans Committee Subcommittee on Health. The meeting was held in Ventura County and Congressman Benishek and Congresswoman Brownley were present. 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.
     
  • The CAMFT Chapter Leadership Conference was held on February 28 & March 1, 2014 in San Jose, CA. There were approximately 112 chapter volunteers in attendance representing 27 of the 28 active chapters of CAMFT. The Chapter Leadership Conference is hosted each year by CAMFT to provide education and networking opportunities to individuals volunteering within local CAMFT chapters.
     
  • The CAMFT Board of Directors met March 11-15, 2014 in Washington, D.C. View highlights from the Board of Directors meeting. The Board will meet again June 6-8, 2014 in San Diego, CA.

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