The following highlights discussion and action from the January 12-13, 2013, CAMFT Board of Directors meeting in San Diego, CA:
(Note: On Friday evening, January 11, the CAMFT Board met informally with leaders from the San Diego Chapter. These “Board-to-Board” gatherings are intended to allow for interaction between state and local leaders when the CAMFT Board is meeting in a chapter’s area.)
Committee Reports and Nominations
The Board received reports from the Nominating Committee, the PAC Committee, and the Certified Supervisor Committee.
The Board discussed the report from the Bylaws Committee and provided direction on several phrases and procedures. In light of the age of the original bylaws, the Board accepted the Committee’s recommendation to have outside counsel draft new, modern bylaws that incorporate the policies and content as revised by the Bylaws Committee. The Board will review the new bylaws in March 2013. The membership will ultimately vote on these bylaws.
The Board reviewed the Trauma Response Network Committee report and voted to accept the Committee’s recommended name change. The Committee has been re-named as the “Crisis Response Education and Resource Committee.”
The 2014 Annual Conference and Continuing Education Committee met just prior to the Board meeting and selected a theme and preferred presenters/topics for CAMFT’s Golden Anniversary Conference. The title of the conference is: “The Gold Standard: Integrating Mental Health and Community.” The Committee also proposed topics for the 2013 Fall Symposium.
Policies and Procedures
The Board approved a Political and Campaign Activities Policy to provide guidance to Board members, Committee members, and staff on political and political-related activities. The policy clarifies that no one may lobby or express political opinions on behalf of CAMFT unless specifically authorized to do so by the CAMFT Executive Director or President. The policy does not intend to inhibit expression of personal political views by individuals. Individuals must simply avoid appearing as if they are speaking or acting on behalf of CAMFT, unless specifically authorized to do so.
The Board modified the Policy on Refunds for CAMFT events. Instead of a flat, $50 administrative fee for cancellations, a fee of $25 will be deducted for cancellation of each day of a paid event.
The Board made minor revisions to language on the Policy Restricting Candidate Statements and Contract Signing Authority Policy. Neither of these changes was substantive.
The Board met with a Compensation Consultant, who facilitated a discussion on “Compensation Philosophy.” A sound compensation philosophy will align pay and other rewards with an overall business strategy and culture. The Board provided input and will review a draft philosophy in March.
A guaranteed-health insurance option may be available for CAMFT members in Sacramento, Solano, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma counties that would allow members in these areas to purchase insurance as a “group of one.” While multiple attempts were made to find health insurance opportunities for members, CAMFT was denied by other regional carriers around the state. Western Health Advantage indicated an interest in providing a policy for members in their core area. CAMFT staff will review the proposed agreement and notify members if an agreement is signed.
The Board agreed to affinity partnerships with: The Chill Sessions (service for accessing hypnotherapy and visualization content that can be custom-branded for practices or clients), Subscription Services (discount magazine subscription program), and Therapick (video directory of therapists where potential clients watch two-minute interview clips with potential therapists).
The Board reviewed a letter of concern from a member about the practice of surrogate sex therapists. The Board chose not to act on the member’s request.
There were no member presentations offered during the Member Forum.
The Board reviewed a proposal to create a self-study CE program to “deepen counselors’ understanding of the relationship between privileged and oppressed groups.” The Board rejected the proposal, citing the issue as too large and too sensitive for a self-study.
In October 2012, members became eligible for a $5 dues discount when renewing their membership online, before their anniversary date. By mid-December 18, 2012, 1,020 members took advantage of this discount. This translates to $5,100 in discounts for member renewals in two months.
CAMFT has retained a new public relations firm, effective January 14, 2013. CIM, Inc. is a full service public relations and marketing firm that has worked with many organizations to build successful awareness campaigns.
To date, 187 people have registered for the full Annual Conference (May 16-19, 2013). Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are selling quickly.
Other educational programs being planned include: CPT Coding webinar (January), Antitrust webinar (February), Supervision I, II, and III workshops (June), and Fall Symposium (November). Staff is also hoping to offer a DSM-V webinar in the spring.
The Board agreed to the creation of a Chapter Excellence Award. The prize will be $1000 and the first award will be offered at the 2014 Chapter Leadership Conference.
The Board approved a Chapter Agreement that sets forth the mutual understandings and agreements pertaining to the grant of a charter and the mutual rights and responsibilities granted thereby. Chapters will be presented with these agreements at the Chapter Leadership Conference in February and will have until June 1, 2013, to return a signed agreement.
The reserve fund balance as of December 31, 2012, was $5.72 million. It was noted that excess operational revenue over expenses was significantly higher than expected and investment revenue was lower than expected. Unaudited, total net excess revenue for 2012 was $573,131.
The Board heard updates about the BBS and state/federal legislation. At this time, the CAMFT lobbyist was about to begin seeking authors for CAMFT-sponsored legislation.
The Board agreed to award the following legislators as “CAMFT 2012 Legislators of the Year”: U.S. Senator Ron Wyden was selected as the federal legislator of the year and State Senator Leland Yee was selected as the state legislator of the year. The Board will deliver the awards to each recipient.
The Board discussed the recent tragedy in Newtown and reviewed CAMFT’s immediate response. The Board discussed CAMFT’s involvement on many statewide mental health coalitions and noted that these coalitions are the appropriate voice on the issues as the statewide conversation continues. In addition, CAMFT will review the upcoming report from Vice President Biden’s task force and will comment, if appropriate. The Board agreed that it will mention the importance of access to mental health during upcoming visits with legislators in Washington, DC.
Next Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held on March 22-23, 2013, in Washington, DC. For details, please visit the Board of Directors section of the CAMFT website.