Board Highlights September 2012
Jill Epstein, JD
The following notes highlight discussion and action from the
September 8-9, 2012, CAMFT Board of Directors meeting:
Committee Reports and Nominations
The Board received reports from the Educational Foundation and the PAC
The Board discussed the initial report from the Bylaws Committee (final
report from the Committee will be presented in January, 2013) and
provided direction on several articles under consideration (Associate
Member qualifications and Certificates of Membership).
The Board reviewed the Certified Supervisor Program Committee report
and voted to change the required coursework hours from 21 hours to 18
hours. It was noted that condensing the coursework into six
hour segments will not diminish the value and content of the
The Board voted to appoint the following members to serve on the
Purview Committee: Brett Greene, David Leong, Ronald Mah, Mary
Read and Leah Flagg-Wilson. The Purview Committee will
conduct reviews of social/public policy issues and will make
recommendations to the Board whether the issues are within the range of
CAMFT's operation and meet requisite thresholds for action.
The Board voted to accept the Strategic Planning Committee's
proposed changes to the CAMFT Strategic Plan.
The Board reviewed the Trauma Response Network Committee report and
discussed alternative approaches for promoting disaster mental health
and critical incident response. The Board voted to appoint
Grant LaVigna to serve on the Committee.
Policies and Procedures
The Board discussed the current practice of posting responses to Board
candidate application questions on the CAMFT Community once a candidate
is nominated (with personal information redacted and with candidate
permission). The Board determined that it would be better to
post this information on the members-only section of the CAMFT website
The Board agreed to add a "firstname.lastname@example.org" email address to
the CAMFT website to enhance access to Board members. Each
member of the Board will receive emails sent to that
address. A "email@example.com" email address has
already been in place for more than one year.
At this time, there are no options for CAMFT to secure guaranteed-issue
health insurance on behalf of members. Statewide
insurers and regional insurers were contacted, but with the uncertainty
of the Affordable Care Act, all insurers declined to provide
The Board approved an endorsement of
"trackyourhours." Under the arrangement, CAMFT
pre-licensed members will receive a one-time, $5 discount on the
one-year subscription price and one free month added to the one-year
subscription (13 months total). CAMFT negotiated for the
pre-licensed members to get the $5 discount in lieu of CAMFT receiving a
royalty from each subscription.
The Board reviewed a letter from the San Francisco Chapter expressing
its support for SB 1172 and a statement from the Santa Cruz Chapter
indicating its decision to agree with CAMFT and neither support nor
oppose the bill.
Aaron Feldman (East Bay Chapter) expressed his concern about the
legality of interns paying for supervision. Claire-Elizabeth
DeSophia (East Bay Chapter) requested that CAMFT advocate for a
As of August 31, 2012, there were 257 registrations for the Fall
Symposium. These members took advantage of a $20
earlybird discount offered through August 31. It is expected that
the event will soon be filled to capacity.
The Legislative Action
Center was formally launched in the September "E-Lection"
Newsletter. Members were invited to register for action alerts (emails
that will be sent when there is breaking legislative news from
Select affinity partners have been invited to conduct educational
webinars, offered at no cost to CAMFT members. To date,
Therapy Sites has hosted a webinar and Liberty Mutual is confirmed for a
The Chapter Advisory Council convened its first meeting on August 30,
2012. The Council asked for the Bylaws Committee to remove
the existing bylaw limitations on Board composition when it submits
bylaw proposals to the Board. The Council felt that each Chapter
should construct its Board to reflect the unique needs of that Chapter
and community. Members are encouraged to contact the Council
at firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas and suggestions for Chapter/CAMFT
The reserve fund balance as of August 31, 2012 was $5.5 million.
It was noted that changes to the investment policy in 2011
enhanced the portfolio's positions and performance.
The Board voted to approve the 2013 budget.
The Board heard updates
about the BBS and state/federal
legislation. It was noted that two pieces of
CAMFT-sponsored legislation (SB 1134 - Duty to Protect/Dangerous Patient
and AB 367 – BBS Reporting to Department of Health Care Services)
were signed by the Governor.
The Board voted on legislative priorities for 2013. These
priorities will be researched further and proposed legislation will be
drafted. The CAMFT lobbyist will work to find authors for
the various bills by the deadline for bill introduction (typically
February). The Board also discussed several non-legislative
advocacy priorities for staff to pursue in 2013.
Next Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held on January 12-13, 2013, in San
Diego. For more details, please visit the Board
of Directors section of the CAMFT website.