The following notes highlight discussion and action from the December 6-7, 2014, CAMFT Board of Directors meeting in Los Angeles, CA.
(Note: On Friday evening, December 5, 2014, the CAMFT Board met informally with leaders from the Los Angeles 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 Board received reports from the Purview, Ethics, Political Action, Nominating, and Crisis Response Education and Resource Committees. The Board also received a report from the Chapter Advisory Council.
The Board voted to create an “Insurance and Healthcare Reform Committee.” The Committee will: advise and recommend to the Board any ideas CAMFT could research surrounding insurance, managed care, the ACA and single-payer healthcare that could affect the membership or the field of mental health that do not violate anti-trust laws; brainstorm ways to approach insurance companies and managed care plans that do not violate anti-trust laws; find ways to educate insurance plans about LMFTs and MFT Registered Interns scope of practice; find ways to educate members on the ACA and its future impacts on the field of mental health; and consider and analyze members’ requests related to managed care, etc. A call for nominations to serve on this Committee will be sent to the membership in coming weeks.
The Board appointed the following members to the new Public Outreach Committee (created by the Board in September, 2014): Bob Casanova (Board member), Stacy Dalgleish, Jenn Kennedy, Andrew Oldershaw, Mark Perlmutter (Prelicensed Board member), Anthony Ramynke, and Patricia Ravitz (Board member). The purpose of this new committee is to create the public messaging for a marketing campaign around the benefits of mental health therapy and to brainstorm new advertising vehicles and strategies to promote a better understanding and recognition of LMFTs.
Policies and Procedures
The Board adopted a Policy on Closed Session. The Board also voted to publish all CAMFT polices on the members-only section of the CAMFT website.
A new version of a marked-up Chapter Agreement will be presented to members after the Board reviews a final proposal in early 2015. The final proposal will be presented at the February, 2015, Chapter Leadership Conference and a webinar will be conducted for all chapter leaders. Chapter leaders will be able to make comments on this final proposal until April 30, 2015.
The Board reviewed two member projects. The first project related to soliciting member input for questions for the CAMFT demographic survey. The Board asked that the new survey include an open-ended question soliciting feedback on questions the members would like to see on future demographic surveys.
The second project related to a request for an article in The Therapist that provides a better understanding and explanation of the 2013 bylaws process. A Board Task Force has been re-formulated and is actively working on such a project.
Executive Director Review
The Board went into closed session to discuss personnel and also conducted the annual review of the Executive Director. The Board extended the Executive Director’s employment contract.
A new CAMFT website is expected to roll-out at the end of December.
There was discussion about the recent changes to email addresses in the CAMFT Community. Changes are required by CAMFT’s vendor to comply with industry specifications on privacy. Going forward, members will have to ask fellow members for their personal email addresses in order to communicate outside the Community since personal information is no longer being displayed to protect the individual member’s privacy. The Board was reminded all messages sent on any social media site, including the CAMFT Community, can be accessed by staff with administrative privileges to maintain the technical operation of the Community. To date, no messages sent through the CAMFT Community have ever been accessed.
Board Leaders and staff from CAMFT and AAMFT-CA had their annual meeting to discuss areas for collaboration and to exchange ideas about the upcoming year.
Continuing Education Provider Approval Program
On November 20, the BBS approved CAMFT as BBS-recognized Approval Agency. Promotion of the CAMFT Continuing Education Provider Approval (CEPA) program will begin shortly. Details about the CEPA program are now available on CAMFT's website. CE providers can submit an application for approval on January 1, 2015.
A total of 89 members attended the four 2014 CAMFT Connects. A Board Task Force will convene to discuss the structure and future of the CAMFT Connects program. Three CAMFT Connects have been budgeted for 2015.
Strategic Planning Retreat
The Board and the Strategic Planning Committee will have a professionally-facilitated strategic planning session on April 25-26, 2015.
The Finance Committee and the Board adopted the November financial reports and the 2015 budget. Total net assets as of November 30, 2014 were $7.8 million.
The Board was updated on the status of the BBS Supervision Committee and the BBS Board meeting. Members were encouraged to participate in the BBS Supervision Committee meetings as the Committee is discussing sweeping changes regarding current requirements for supervised hours, supervision ratios, and possible recognition of triadic supervision. The calendar of all BBS meetings can be found here.
Legislative and Advocacy Priorities
The Board reviewed a number of possible legislative and advocacy options to consider for 2015. The Board determined to pursue the following priorities (in no particular order):
- Research into amendments to the Education Code which benefit LMFTs and consumers
- Possible legislation clarifying the law surrounding Interns and Trainees as providers of telehealth
- Advocacy helping providers to deal with managed care, including via the new Insurance and Healthcare Reform Committee
- Possible legislation allowing LMFTs as Federally Qualified Health Center providers
- Research and collaboration with stakeholder groups on guidelines and clarifications to AB 1775
2014 CAMFT Legislators of the Year
The 2014 State CAMFT Legislator of the Year is Assembly Member Eggman and the 2014 CAMFT Federal Legislator of the Year is Representative Peters. Both legislators will be presented with awards on behalf of CAMFT.
Next Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held March 13-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C. For more details, please visit the CAMFT website.