Board Meeting Highlights September 2023



From the Boardroom

Board Highlights September 2023

The following notes highlight discussion and action from CAMFT Board of Directors meeting, and reception held September 9 – 10, 2023 in Pasadena, CA.

Chapter to Chapter Reception:
The CAMFT Board invited Board members of the Los Angeles, Long Beach/South Bay, Orange County, San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley chapters to an informal reception. These gatherings had high attendance and allowed greater interaction from members at the local level with CAMFT Board.

Board Member Selection
The Board interviewed four candidates for the open Board Clinical Director-at-Large position and proceeded with a secret ballot vote. Victoria Campbell, LMFT was voted to fill the Board vacancy position.

PAC Opt Out
Alafia updated the Board on the work on the PAC for CAMFT, including the PAC Committee’s discussion for a nominal “opt out” dollar amount for the State PAC.

Asset Management
The Board received an update regarding the pending sale of CAMFT’s business headquarters as the organization seeks to rightsize office space to accommodate the new remote/hybrid work structure. CAMFT has also entered into a purchase contract for a smaller, office condominium that will require less maintenance and offer a more contemporary, functional work environment for staff. Pending the close of the purchase, CAMFT will make minor renovations to the office condominium to customize the space to fit CAMFT’s needs.

Board Compensation Discussion

The Board discussed Board compensation as an equitable means to increase the pipeline of representation while also understanding best practices and possible tax implications. The Board also considered other means to provide equitable financial practices for Board members for their service. More research will be done on this item.

Financial Report:
The Board reviewed the July 2023 financial reports; including revenue, expenses and reserves. The Board asked questions about On-Demand Learning, CAMFT offices, and CAMFT’s audit procedures. CAMFT’s overall financial position is strong. CAMFT’s net operational revenue (revenue minus expenses) is $480,643. Investments are up 5.93% for this period.

Strategic Plan Update
The Board discussed CAMFT’s strategic plan.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) – The Board received an update regarding work performed thus far via CAMFT’s DEI Consultant Culture Ally and hexagon consulting. These consultants’ scope of work includes looking at programs, structures, and culture to create a more inclusive organization.

Medicare Significant work has been done to educate the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on how best to incorporate MFTs within the draft regulation. CAMFT has submitted two letters to CMS for recommended changes to the draft Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Hosiptal Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) before the regulation is finalized. CAMFT noted how important it would be for members to participate in upcoming Medicare webinars put on by CAMFT to educate MFTs how to enroll as Medicare providers. Emphasis will also be placed on informing members of the need to ‘opt-out’ of Medicare, if practitioners do not plan to be providers to protect the practitioner from unintentionally engaging in Medicare fraud. To learn more about Medicare and MFTs as providers, visit: www.camft/

MarketingThe Board elected to move forward with the marketing firm EMC Communications to assist CAMFT with a branding campaign.

TechnologyMcKinley Advisors presented an environmental scan on psychotherapy wellness applications (apps), research findings, implications and opportunities. The Board provided feedback on some of the opportunities. Staff will assess this information as one input for creating a longer term technology plan and other potential opportunities.

The next Board meeting will be held on December 2 – 3, in Indian Wells, CA.


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