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, 2016


CAMFT Staff and Board participated in 7 meetings with MFT Leadership Collaborative, DHCS Managed Care Advisory, DHCS Coordinated Care/Dual Eligibles Stakeholders, California Coalition for Mental Health, Irregulars, BBS Board, and AAMFT. 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 2275 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 13,687 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 11,337 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 3,446 different therapist profiles and 26,331 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 Board and Staff submitted 6 advocacy letters to:

  • Assemblymember Jim Wood, thanking him for authoring AB 1808 which would permit Trainees to work under supervision to treat a minor and 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  
  • Members of the Assembly Committee on Health, urging them to support AB 1863
  • Members of the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions, urging them to support AB 1808
  • Kim Madsen, Executive Director of the BBS, thanking her for receiving CAMFT’s input regarding the issue of supervision for applicants
  • Shelley Rouillard, Director of the California Department of Managed Health Care, regarding CAMFT’s concerns about the proposed acquisition of Cigna Corporation by Anthem Blue Cross
  • Robert A. McDonald, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, regarding concerns about the barriers precluding MFTs from working for the VA

CAMFT consistently interacts with key legislators and other government leaders 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 testified before the State Assembly Committee on Business and Professions regarding AB 1808 to allow Trainees to work under supervision to treat a minor and before the State Assembly Committee on Health AB1863 to require Medi-Cal to reimburse Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics for mental health services provided on the same day. 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 Members met with 23 legislative offices, U.S Representatives Pete Aguilar, Ami Bera, Julia Brownley, Ken Calvert, Tony Cardenas, Paul Cook, Jeff Denham, Anna Eshoo, Duncan Hunter, Steve Knight, Doug LaMalfa, Doris Matsui, Kevin McCarthy, Jerry McNerney, Devin Nunes, Nancy Pelosi, Raul Ruiz, Linda Sanchez, Adam Schiff, Jackie Speier, David Valadao, and U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. 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 15 receptions for U.S. Representatives Mike Thompson, Paul Cook, Mark Takano, Ami Bera, Fred Upton, and Linda Sanchez, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, State Senator Anthony Cannella, and State Assemblymembers Christina Garcia, Susan Eggman, Jacqui Irwin, Evan Low, Brian Maienschein, Bill Quirk, and Das Williams. 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 presented Law and Ethics seminars at 1 Chapter, 2 agencies, and 2 schools: Redding Regional Chapter, Mental Health Systems, Kaiser Permanente Department of Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine, Hope International University, and Pepperdine University Irvine Campus. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.

The CAMFT Elections, Finance, Public Outreach, and Pre-Licensed 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 March 19-20, 2016, in Napa. The Board hosted a reception for the Redwood Empire and Yolo-Solano Chapter board members. The Board will meet again on June 4-5, 2016, in San Diego, CA. For Board meeting dates, highlights, and minutes, click here.

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