The following notes highlight discussion and action from the June 8-9, 2013, CAMFT Board of Directors meeting in San Diego.
(Note: On Friday evening, June 7, the CAMFT Board met informally with leaders from the San Diego North County 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.)
The new Board discussed CAMFT’s history, legal aspects of a 501(c) (6) organization, the role of individual Board members, and roles/duties of the Board of Directors.
Policies and Procedures
The Board discussed proposed language for a charge for the Nominating Committee. Since there was no consensus on the language for a charge, the Board established a Board Task Force to propose a charge for the CAMFT Nominating Committee at the September 21-22, 2013 Board meeting. If/when approved, such charge could take effect with the 2014-2015 Nominating Committee.
The Board adopted a “Policy on CAMFT Board Legislative Visits” that specifies that the purpose of legislative trainings and Board visits with legislators is to conduct CAMFT business. As such, only guests approved by the President or Executive Director, for a defined business purpose that could be of benefit to CAMFT, will be permitted to attend.
The Board adopted a “Policy on Performance of Board Duties” that requires each Board member to consistently participate in Board-related activities, meetings and electronic communications and perform assigned duties in a timely and professional manner.
The Board reviewed and signed Conflict of Interest and Anti-Trust Compliance Policies. Such actions occur at the start of each new Board year.
Committee Reports and Nominations
The Board received reports from the PAC Committee and the Crisis Response Education and Resource Committee (CRERC).
It was reported that more than two-thirds (2/3) of the valid ballots cast in the Bylaws vote approved the new Bylaws, officially adopting the new Bylaws. (See “Member/Chapter Issues” below for discussion of concerns.)
The 2013-2014 Committee appointments were approved.
A guaranteed-health insurance option is now available for CAMFT members in the Sacramento, Solano, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma counties and the next open enrollment is in September. CAMFT continues to seek guaranteed-health insurance options in other parts of the state so all members can participate.
The Board considered an affinity proposal from Therapistwill. The Board took no action on pursuing the partnership, but suggested that the vendor advertise and submit an article for The Therapist.
Gadi Zohar, LMFT presented his views on the importance of professional wills for therapists, given the legal and ethical obligations for therapists at the time of death or incapacity.
The Board reviewed member comments, regarding both process and content, which were submitted during the bylaws voting period.
The Board considered amendments proposed by the Ethics Committee to restore the Non-Board Standing Committee descriptions. The Board approved amendments to Article V – Committees.
The Board approved the first step in a two-step process towards Chapter Agreements (referenced in Article VIII – Section 3). The Board adopted a “Policy on Chapters” that will be communicated to Chapter Leaders via a webinar and member comment will be solicited. This will lead to formal Chapter Agreements, which will be presented to Chapters in early 2014.
The Board discussed the process to upgrade Associate members who now qualify as Clinical Members.
The Board invited members to make proposed bylaws amendments by August 1, 2013 so they can be considered at the September 21-22, 2013, Board meeting. Proposals should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Bylaws Committee will meet in August and will make recommendations to the Board on technical and clean-up language. The Board will directly consider amendments that request policy changes.
Executive Director Review
The Board reviewed the Executive Director’s performance, set goals for 2013-2014, and extended the employment contract through December 31, 2014.
No proposed projects were submitted in advance of this meeting.
There are now two distinct Facebook pages under CAMFT: one is the CAMFT page (designed for practitioners/members) and the other is the CounselingCalifornia page (designed for consumers). The Marketing team and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) team are designing an aggressive online campaign to increase awareness and “likes."
CAMFT members were featured on three live, in-studio television interviews (San Diego, Sacramento, and Bay Area). When LMFTs are featured on television segments, CounselingCalifornia.com experiences a surge in visits.
The 2013 Annual Conference attracted 672 attendees and generated nearly double the 2012 sponsorship/exhibitor revenue. The 2014 Annual Conference (CAMFT’s Golden Anniversary) agenda has been set by the Annual Conference and Continuing Education Committee and early bird registration opens on September 1, 2013. The 50th Annual Conference will be held May 1-4, 2014, in Indian Wells, CA.
CAMFT is offering two “Understanding DSM-5” workshops in Northern and Southern California. CAMFT is working with local leaders in the Central Valley to explore the possibility of offering this live workshop in the Fresno area as well. The Northern California workshop will be recorded and available for online sale and viewing later this summer.
The 2013 Fall Symposium agenda has been set by the Annual Conference and Continuing Education Committee and early bird registration opens on July 1, 2013. The Fall Symposium will be held November 7-8 in Anaheim.
The Chapter Excellence Award application was distributed to chapter leaders in late March 2013. The application deadline is October 15, 2013, and the award will be presented at the 2014 Chapter Leadership Conference.
The reserve fund balance as of April 30, 2013 was $6 million.
The Finance Committee reviewed an analysis of the current reserves and Reserve Policy and determined that expenditures towards the creation of a CAMFT Continuing Education Approval Agency and towards research on LMFTs and Medicare would fit within the Reserve Policy. (See Legislation/Advocacy below.)
The Board heard updates about the BBS and state/federal legislation. CAMFT-sponsored AB 268 is now in the Assembly and SB 578 has been turned into a two-year bill to afford time for greater discussion with stakeholders.
The Board discussed the BBS’ proposed regulatory package which would take away the BBS’ authority to directly approve providers while establishing its authority to accept continuing education credits from providers who have been approved by BBS-recognized approval agencies. CAMFT has an opportunity to apply to the BBS to become one of only a handful of Continuing Education Provider Approval Agencies that would be responsible for approving continuing education providers. The Board approved an expenditure of $170,000 to create the infrastructure to support this endeavor. A call for applications for members to serve on a Continuing Education Provider Approval Committee will be sent out shortly.
The Board also discussed an opportunity to partner with AAMFT to retain a research firm to develop a model of the costs to Medicare if private-practice LMFTs were to be recognized providers eligible for direct reimbursement for Medicare. The hypothesis is that the research will show the costs to Medicare will be lower than expected when using data only for private-practice LMFTs and, thus, legislators may be more amenable to supporting legislation to allow LMFTs as Medicare providers. The Board approved an expenditure of $80,000 towards this Medicare research.
Next Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held September 21-22, in Santa Barbara. For more details, please visit the Board of Directors section of the CAMFT website.