Join CAMFT’s Grassroots Advocacy Team
CAMFT is looking for members to join the Grassroots Advocacy Team! We need members from specific districts to join us in our lobbying efforts to advance the MFT profession and mental health care advocacy.

SACRAMENTO FLY-IN - March 11-12, 2018
CAMFT will be lobbying at the state capitol in Sacramento on California legislation that affects the MFT profession and their patients. Delegates will arrive Sunday evening, attend training Monday morning, and participate with CAMFT staff in scheduled meetings with elected officials that afternoon. The trip will conclude with a debriefing session on Monday evening. All necessary travel and food expenses will be reimbursed by CAMFT. CAMFT will arrange all necessary hotel reservations.

Applicants who are interested in participating in the Sacramento Fly-In must be available March 11-12, 2018, and must RESIDE in one of the targeted State Assembly or Senate Districts listed below.

WASHINGTON, DC FLY-IN - April 3-6, 2018
CAMFT will be lobbying in Washington, DC to add LMFTs added as Medicare providers. Delegates will arrive in DC on Tuesday evening, attend training Wednesday morning, and participate with CAMFT staff in scheduled meetings with elected officials Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. The trip will conclude with a debriefing session on Thursday. Delegates may fly home late Thursday night or Friday. All travel, food, and necessary lodging expenses will be reimbursed by CAMFT.

Applicants who are interested in participating in the Washington DC Fly-In must be available April 3-6, 2018 and must RESIDE in one of the targeted Federal Congressional Districts listed below.

TARGETED DISTRICTS
To determine if your residential address is in one of the targeted districts, click here and enter your COMPLETE HOME ADDRESS. Once you enter your home address, you will be redirected to a page showing your elected officials. The targeted State Assembly, State Senate, or Federal Congressional district shown on that page must match one of the districts listed below in order for your application to be accepted.

Targeted State Assembly Districts:
District 28 (Low) – Silicon Valley
District 73 (Brough) – San Juan Capistrano

Targeted State Senate Districts:
District 17 (Monning) – Santa Cruz
District 22 (Hernandez) – West Covina
District 34 (Nguyen) – Long Beach

Targeted Federal Congressional Districts:
District 22 (Nunes) – Clovis/Visalia
District 23 (McCarthy) – Bakersfield
District 25 (Knight) – Palmdale/Santa Clarita
District 45 (Walters) – Irvine
District 52 (Peters) – San Diego

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who May Apply?

  1. Applicants must be a current member of CAMFT.
  2. Applicants must RESIDE in one of the targeted districts listed above, regardless of your work address, jobsite location, or the CAMFT Chapter with which you are affiliated. To see if you live in one of the targeted districts, click here and enter your COMPLETE HOME ADDRESS.
  3. Applicants should possess excellent oral and written communication. Experience in politics, public relations, campaigning, and/or lobbying is also highly desirable.
  4. Applicants must be prepared to serve on the CAMFT Grassroots Advocacy Team for two (2) years.
Why are the districts above the only ones being targeted?
The districts targeted are ones with a State Senator, Assemblyperson, or Federal Congressperson sitting on a committee of jurisdiction over issues related to mental health and marriage and family therapy.

What does it mean to “lobby”?
Lobbying is not just for professional lobbyists. Lobbying is also done by individual citizens who are exercising their right to sit down with their legislators and explain the issues affecting them and their communities, such as Medicare reimbursement and MFT parity.

Will delegates be trained for the trip?
Yes. Prior to and during each lobbying trip, delegates will participate in training sessions led by CAMFT’s lobbyists and other legislative experts. The group will be provided with an overview of legislation affecting MFTs learn about the relevant issues, and learn strategies for effective meetings. Delegates will also be provided with tips and information regarding follow-up meetings and next steps.

What happens during a typical lobby day?
After a group training, the team is divided into smaller groups, which include a staff member and/or CAMFT lobbyist. Each small group then conducts scheduled meetings with the legislative offices from the targeted districts. A debriefing session is scheduled at the end of the trip to share information and provide details on next steps.

What out-of-pocket expenses are delegates expected to pay?
Delegates will be reimbursed for transportation costs (airfare or mileage), as well as meals in transit and breakfast and lunch while lobbying. CAMFT arranges and covers the cost of all necessary hotel accommodations and group dinners. Other expenses, such as airport parking, taxis/shuttles, etc., may be reimbursed when accompanied by receipts. The complete CAMFT Board and Committee Reimbursement Policy may be viewed online here .

Other than attending the lobbying trip, what else is expected of Grassroots Advocacy Team members?
Delegates will be expected to conduct follow-up visits with local legislative offices, develop relationships with staff, deliver CAMFT messaging, and connect the local CAMFT Chapters with the legislator for possible presentation. Training and contact information is provided to delegates for follow-up activities and next steps.

Can I make a difference?
Yes! Lobbying is a way to bring the MFT concerns to our legislators. We always ask our legislators and their staff how constituents can best influence their representatives in Sacramento and Washington, DC. The common answer is that personal contact – in-person visits, phone calls or emails – is an effective way to get their concerns heard. The information and education delegates can provide, as practitioners, may be critical to the decisions that legislators make on issues that concern the MFT profession.

How do I apply?

  1. Confirm you live in one of the targeted districts. - Click here and enter your COMPLETE HOME ADDRESS to see a list of your elected officials. If your State Assembly District, State Senate District, or Federal Congressional District is included on CAMFT’s list of targeted districts for this year (see list above), proceed with your application.
  2. Submit your application packet including:
  • Completed Application - Click on the link below to access the Grassroots Task Force Application for 2018. Directions for completing the application are included on the first page. 
  •      2018 GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY TEAM APPLICATION
  •  Letter of Interest – A letter of interest highlighting your experience in politics, public relations, campaigning, and/or lobbying must be submitted with your completed application.
  • Resume – A current resume must be submitted with your completed application.

Deadline to Apply:
Each applicant’s LETTER OF INTEREST, RESUME and APPLICATION must be submitted to aredd@camft.org no later than FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017 by 12:00 PM.

Here’s to a powerful and exciting 2018 year in legislation!