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.

October, 2016


CAMFT Staff participated in 6 meetings with California Department of Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, the Department of Health Care Services’ Health Care Delivery Systems, California Behavioral Health Directors Association, California Mental Health Peer Run Organizations, AAMFT, and the MFT Leadership Collaborative. 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 2,050 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 11,050 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 9,246 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 1,575 different therapist profiles and 23,275 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 1 advocacy letters to:

  • Kristin Triepke, Chief Counsel of the Department of Motor Vehicles, requesting a status update of the petition submitted to amend California Code of Regulations regarding Gender Identification
    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 engaged members from Congressional District 22 in a grassroots campaign urging U.S. Representative Devin Nunes to co-sponsor The Mental Health Access Improvement Act (H.R. 2759) which ensures the inclusion of LMFTs as Medicare providers. Grassroots campaigns are an effective advocacy tool for legislators and government officials to hear directly from CAMFT members on a specific issue.

CAMFT Staff and lobbyists attended 2 receptions for State Assembly Member Holden and US Representative Thompson. 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 3 Chapter meeting: East Bay, Redwood Empire, and Southwest Riverside. CAMFT Staff made presentations at 1 Chapter: Marin County. Chapter meetings are a prime opportunity for CAMFT leadership and staff to hear directly from members and exchange ideas for serving members. Click hereto connect with your local chapter.

CAMFT Staff presented Law and Ethics seminars at 3 Chapters and 1 school: Southwest Riverside, Santa Clara Valley, Orange County, and Riverside Unified School District. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.

CAMFT Board promoted CAMFT membership and CounselingCalifornia.com at 1 professional exhibit: Health Fair at Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians. CAMFT promotes its member services and benefits to other mental health practitioners as an additional professional resource.

The CAMFT Connects and Grassroots Task Forces, and Continuing Education Provider Approval, Insurance and Healthcare Reform, and 2017 Annual Conference & Continuing Education Planning 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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