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, 2017


CAMFT Staff participated in 11 meetings with Department of Health Care Services Medi-Cal Management Care Advisory Group, California Coalition for Mental Health, California Coalition for Mental Health Parity Committee, MFT Leadership Collaborative, Irregulars, and Consortium meetings in Central Valley, Imperial County, Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento and San Diego. 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 2,150 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 8,390 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 6,874 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 1,196 different therapist profiles and 30,928 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 2 Assembly Committees: Assembly Health Committee in support of AB 191 and Assembly Budget Subcommittee in support of removing delayed implementation of AB 1863.

CAMFT Staff submitted 3 advocacy letters to:

  •  California Senate Health Committee, urging Committee members to vote “Aye” on SB 374 (Newman), which would require health insurers to comply with the federal Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008
  •  California Assembly Health Committee, urging Committee members to vote “Aye” on AB 191 (Wood), which would authorize LMFTs as a second signatory to extend involuntary commitments
  •  House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and California U.S. Representatives, urging each to ensure access to and coverage of mental health care in the American Health Care Act

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 13 legislative offices, for State Assembly Members Arambula, Brough, Burke, Maienschein, McCarty, Obernolte, Quirk-Silva, Rodriguez, Rubio, Salas, Santiago, Stone, and Waldron. 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 1 reception for State Assembly Speaker Rendon and 1 caucus for Assembly Members Aguiar-Curry, Caballero, Friedman, Limon, Quirk-Silva, Reyes, and Rubio. 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 hereto donate to the CAMFT PAC !

CAMFT Staff made presentations at 1 Chapter and 1 school: Delta Stockton and University of Phoenix. CAMFT Board participated in 2 Chapter meetings: Redwood Empire and 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 with your local chapter .

CAMFT Staff presented Law and Ethics seminars at 1 Chapter, 1 school, and 1 agency: San Diego, Hope International University, and Penny Lane Center. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.

The CAMFT Connects Task Force, and Ethics, Executive, Finance, Insurance and Healthcare Reform, and Political Action 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 March 25-26, 2017, in Sacramento. The Board hosted a reception for the Sacramento Valley and Yolo-Solano Chapters board members. The Board will meet again on June 3-4, 2017, in La Jolla, CA. For Board meeting dates, highlights, and minutes, click here.

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