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.
CAMFT Staff participated in 3 meetings with Department of Health Care Services Managed Care Advisory Committee, California Coalition for Mental Health Parity Committee, and Irregulars. 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 2,090 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 10,810 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 9,534 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 2,732 different therapist profiles and 19,446 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 and a CAMFT member testified before the State Senate Health Committee regarding AB 191 to add LMFTs to the list of eligible providers who can act as a secondary signatory to extend involuntary commitments. CAMFT Staff submitted 8 advocacy letters to:
- US Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer, expressing extreme concern about the Better Care Reconciliation Act effect on California’s access to and coverage of mental health and substance abuse health care
- US Representatives Thompson (CA) and Katko (NY), thanking each for co-sponsoring the Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2017 HR 3032 which would add LMFTs as Medicare providers
- California Senate Health Committee in support of AB 1134 which would complement the current Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission by adding fellows with professional and life experience
- California Senate Committee on Education in support of AB 1261 which would enhance protection of children with mental illness
- State Assembly Member Mullin in support of AB 1315 which would establish a fund and selection process to make awards to create new and expand existing evidence-based early psychosis detection and intervention services and support
- California Senate Health Committee in support of AB 1591 which would increase the pool of licensed professionals who can be hired by Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics
- California Assembly Health Committee in support of SB 323 which would authorize Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Centers to provide specialty mental health services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries
- California Senate Public Safety Committee in support of AB 575 which would add substance use disorder counselors to the list of providers required to report elder abuse and neglect
CAMFT consistently interacts with key legislators and agencies 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 attended 8 receptions for State Assembly Members Arambula, Salas, and Santiago, California Republican Caucus, and US Representatives DeSaulnier, Huffman, Lowenstein, and Ruiz. 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 2 Chapter meetings and presented at 1 school: Long Beach-South Bay, Los Angeles and Pepperdine University. Chapter meetings are a prime opportunity for CAMFT leadership and staff to hear directly from members and exchange ideas for serving members. Click here to connect with your local chapter.
CAMFT Staff presented Law and Ethics seminars at 2 Chapters: Delta Stockton and Desert, and presented 1 Law and Ethics seminar webinar to 1 school: Point Loma Nazarene University. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.
The CAMFT Ethics Committee, in collaboration with legal staff and 2 former committee chairs serving as expert consultants, held their second meeting of the year on June 24-25, 2017, to discuss and draft proposed revisions to the CAMFT Code of Ethics. The CAMFT Elections and Executive Director Search Committees also met. If you are interested in serving on a Committee, please contact email@example.com. Committee appointments are made by the President of the Board of Directors. Click here for a list of Committees.
The CAMFT Board of Directors met on June 3-4, 2017, in La Jolla. The Board hosted a reception for the San Diego and San Diego North County Chapters board members. The Board will meet again on September 9-10, 2017, in Santa Cruz, CA. For Board meeting dates, highlights, and minutes, click here.
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