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.

May, 2016


CAMFT Staff participated in 11 meetings with Military Mental Health Summit, Mental Health Matters Day, Department of Health Care Services Stakeholder Advisory Committee, Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) Consumer Provider Plan Agency Subcommittee on Telehealth, DMHC Consumer Provider Plan Agency Workgroup, BBS, California Coalition for Mental Health, Irregulars, and consortiums in Inland Empire, Central Valley, and Sacramento. 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 1,960 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 12,000 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 9,915 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 2,858 different therapist profiles and 22,886 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 36 advocacy letters to:

  • Assembly Member Eggman, supporting the Mental Health Delivery Demonstration Project (AB 1576)
  • Assembly Member Bonta, thanking him for authoring AB 1644 which would provide resources to benefit young children from preschool to 3rd grade with developmentally appropriate mental health services
  • Assembly Member Stone, thanking him for authoring AB 1702 relating to reunification services of a dependent children removed from the custody of his or her parents or guardian
  • Assembly Member Holden, opposing AB 1715 unless amended to resolve issues with the language of the bill which may exclude LMFTs in training and other concerns
  • Assembly Members Atkins and Eggman, thanking each for co-authoring AB 1730 which will create programs relating to youth involved with human trafficking
  • Assembly Member Atkins, thanking her for authoring AB 1731 which would gather statewide data on sex and labor traffickers, sex buyers, and human trafficking victims
  • Assembly Member McCarty, thanking him for authoring AB 1737 which would require counties to establish interagency child death review teams
  • Assembly Member Waldron, thanking her for authoring AB 1754 which would create the San Diego County Elder or Dependent Adult Financial Abuse Crime Victim Compensation Pilot Program
  • Assembly Member Quirk, thanking him for authoring AB 1778 which would require post-secondary institutions to provide training to their employees regarding their obligation to respond and report incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking involving students
  • Assembly Member Maienschein, thanking him for authoring AB 1821 which would make certain sex crimes perpetrated against a person who suffers from a mental disorder or developmental disability punishable by imprisonment
  • Assembly Member Cooley, thanking him for authoring AB 1883 which would take steps in analyzing the effectiveness of existing and new child abuse and neglect prevention and intervention programs
  • Assembly Member Harpe,r thanking him for authoring AB 1884 which would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to sponsor a mental health awareness license plate program
  • Assembly Member Obernolte, thanking him for authoring AB 1917 which would require the Board of Behavioral Sciences to accept specified education gained by an applicant from an out-of-state school
  • Assembly Member McCarty, thanking him for authoring http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2017 which would improve access to mental health services on college campuses
  • Assembly Member Ridley-Thomas, thanking him for authoring AB 2018 which would provide positive steps toward preventing and stopping child abuse and neglect in California
  • Assembly Member Bonta, thanking him for authoring AB 2160 which would allow victims that sustained emotional injury as a direct result of specific crimes to receive the mental health services they need
  • Assembly Member Salas, thanking him for authoring AB 2191 relating to operating procedures of the Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • Assembly Member O’Donnell, thanking him for authoring AB 2246 which would require educational agencies to adopt suicide prevention policies for pupils in grades 7 to 12
  • Assembly Member Levine, thanking him for authoring AB 2262 which would provide necessary mental health services as part of a defendant’s sentence
  • Assembly Member Ridley-Thomas, supporting the Commission on Health Care Cost Review (AB 2345)
  • Assembly Member Medina, thanking him for authoring AB 2383 which would establish a safe, encouraging environment for those diagnosed with autism to pursue a college education or assimilate into a working environment
  • Assembly Member Baker, thanking her for authoring AB 2443, which would require school districts to adopt an accountability plan including school climate, and requesting she amend the language of the bill to ensure there is no limitation regarding actual job titles of the professionals rendering the services
  • Assembly Member Gordon, thanking him for authoring AB 2507 which will require plans/insurers to include telehealth in its contract coverage and reimbursement for services
  • Assembly Member Nazarian, thanking him for authoring AB 2752 which would provide transparency for the California consumer when dealing with the complex issue of health care and managed care plans
  • Assembly Member Ting, opposing 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 Senator Leyva, thanking her for authoring SB 813 which would allow the prosecution of specified sex crimes to be commenced at any time, rather than prior to the victim’s 40th birthday
  • State Senator Beall, thanking him for authoring SB 884 which would confirm proper oversight of mental health services for pupils in special education
  • State Senator Hernandez, thanking him for authoring SB 908 which would provide transparency with regard to changes in health insurance group rates
  • State Senator Hernandez, thanking him for authoring SB 923 which would provide transparency with regard to changes in health insurance premium rates, copayments, and deductibles
  • State Senator Hancock, thanking him for authoring SB 1064 which would determine the most effective forms of treatment of those suffering from childhood sexual abuse and exploitation
  • State Senator Beall, thanking him for authoring SB 1113 which would help ensure that pupils receive necessary mental health services from qualified mental health clinicians
  • State Senator Mike Morrell, thanking him for authoring SB 1155 which would require the BBS to grant a fee waiver for the application for and issuance of an initial license to an individual who is an honorably discharged veteran
  • State Senator Beall, thanking him for authoring SB 1291 which would require mental health plans to submit a foster care mental health service plan for children and youth under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court to the State Dept. of Health Care
  • State Senator Mitchell, thanking her for authoring SB 1335 which would authorize Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics to provide and receive reimbursement for specialty mental health services
  • State Senator Hernandez, thanking him for authoring SB 1471 regarding repayment of loans for participants of the Steve M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program
  • U.S. Senator Boxer, thanking her for co-sponsoring the Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2015 (HR 2759), which would allow LMFTs to be Medicare providers

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 Senators Connie Leyva and Andy Vidak, Assembly Members Bill Brough and Jim Wood, and US Representative Jim Wood. 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 2 Chapter meetings, Redwood Empire and Southwest Riverside. 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: Valley Sierra Chapter, California Baptist University, Riverside County Behavioral Health. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.

CAMFT Staff presented a webinar at 1 school: Santa Clara University Department of Counseling Psychology. Webinars are interactive, cost-effective tools for conveying important and timely information to large segments of the membership.

CAMFT held its 52nd Annual Conference “The Future of Mental Health: Tools for the Therapist’s Toolbox,” May 12-15, 2015, at the Hilton Los Angeles. There were 714 people in attendance. The Annual Conference is CAMFT’s largest event, showcasing professional resources and informative continuing education workshops presented by peers and noted industry speakers. The next Annual Conference will be held May 4-7, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, CA.

The CAMFT Connects Task Force, and Ethics, Finance, Legislative, Pre-Licensed and Public Outreach 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.

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