What does it mean to “lobby”?
Lobbying isn’t 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 (i.e.,
Medicare reimbursement, MFT parity).
What will the day(s) entail?
Prior to, and at, the Lobby Day, delegates will participate in training sessions
led by experts where they will receive an overview of legislation affecting
MFTs, learn about the issues to discuss, and learn strategies for effective
Will I make a difference?
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.
What are the details?
Sacramento Lobby Day, March 26-27, 2017
We will be lobbying on California legislation that affects the MFT profession
and patients/clients. Delegates will arrive in Sacramento on Sunday night,
March 26, 2017, for a group dinner. Monday, March 27, will consist of morning
trainings by CAMFT’s lobbyists and other legislative experts, followed
by scheduled meetings with elected officials (accompanied by CAMFT staff),
and a de-briefing of the day’s events and next steps. All travel, food
and necessary lodging expenses will be reimbursed by CAMFT.
Washington, DC Lobby Day, April 16-19, 2017
We will be lobbying to get LMFTs added as Medicare providers. Delegates will
arrive in Washington, DC on Sunday night, April 16, 2017. (Note: This is
Easter Sunday.) Monday, April 17, will start with morning trainings by CAMFT’s
lobbyist and other legislative experts. On Monday afternoon and Tuesday,
delegates will meet with elected officials (accompanied by CAMFT staff),
followed by a de-briefing of the week’s events and next steps. Delegates
will fly home late Tuesday night or Wednesday. All travel, food and necessary
lodging expenses will be reimbursed by CAMFT.
I’m interested! Now what?
First, check to make sure you live in the targeted district. Click here and
enter your complete home address.
Next, submit an application with your resume and a letter of interest. We
are looking for members who have experience and/or have been engaged in politics,
public relations, campaigning and/or lobbying. Excellent oral and written communication
skills and social media skills are critical. Following the actual lobby day,
delegates will be expected to conduct follow-up visits with the local offices,
develop relationships with staff, deliver CAMFT messaging, connect the local
chapters with the legislator for possible presentation, and organize other
MFTs to take action.
Given the amount of training and investment by CAMFT, we are asking for applicants
to be prepared to serve on the CAMFT Grassroots Advocacy Team for two (2) years.
Each applicant’s LETTER OF INTEREST, RESUME and APPLICATION
must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. no later than FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017 by 12:00
Here’s to a powerful and exciting 2017!