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, 2017

CAMFT Staff participated in 10 meetings with Department of Health Care Services Consumer Provider Plan Agency, California Coalition for Mental Health, CCMH Parity Committee, AAMFT, Irregulars, BBS Board, and MFT Consortiums in Imperial County, Inland Empire, Orange County, 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 2,060 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 6,099 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 5,087 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 2,014 different therapist profiles and 13,063 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 submitted 7 advocacy letters to:

  • Assemblymember Tony Thurmond in support of the Local Educational Agency Pilot for Overall Needs (AB 254), which would improve mental health outcomes of students through a “whole person care” approach.
  • Assemblymember Jim Wood in support of AB 595, which would require health care plans that intend to merge with, consolidate, or purchase a health care plan to get prior approval from the Department of Managed Health Care.
  • Assemblymember Tim Grayson in support of the Peer Support and Crisis Referral Services Act (AB 1116), which would protect communications between emergency service personnel (ESP) and peer support team members while the ESP receives peer support services.
  • Assemblymember Todd Gloria in support of AB 1134, which would complement the current Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHOAC) by adding fellows with professional and life experience.
  • Assemblymember Marc Berman in support of AB 1261, which would require local educational agencies with a mandatory expulsion policy for use of, possession of, or being under influence of alcohol, an intoxicant, or a controlled substance, to consider whether the mandatory expulsion is deterring pupils from seeking help for substance abuse.
  • Assemblymember Marc Berman in support of AB 1591, which would include qualified LPCCs as providers within Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics.
  • State Senator Jerry Hill, opposing SB 798 unless amendments pertaining to the psychotherapist-patient privilege be removed.

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 attended 3 receptions for State Senators Lara and Leyva, and State Senate President Pro Tem de Leon. 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 TherapistsClick here to donate to the CAMFT PAC!

CAMFT held its 53rd Annual Conference “Justice for All: Empowerment, Collaboration, and Resiliency,” May 4-7, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara. There were 668 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 April 26-29, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, CA.

Staff promoted CAMFT membership , Continuing Education Provider Approval program , and CounselingCalifornia at 1 professional exhibit: Mental Health Matters Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento. CAMFT promotes its member services and benefits to other mental health practitioners as an additional professional resource.

CAMFT Board participated in 1 Chapter meeting: Santa Barbara. CAMFT Staff presented at 1 school: Santa Clara University. 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 and 1 school: San Gabriel Valley, and California Baptist University. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.

The CAMFT Connects, External Management Audit, and Special Interest Groups Task Forces, and Crisis Response Education and Resource, Elections, Executive, Executive Director Search, Finance, Legislative, Political Action, 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 May 22, 2017, via conference call. 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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