Jonathan Flier: CAMFT Board News

Jonathan Flier, LMFT
Past President, LA-CAMFT
CAMFT Board Director

Highlights From the March 2017 CAMFT Board Meeting

These highlights have been edited by LA-CAMFT Past President and current CAMFT Board Director Jonathan Flier.

Election Results
After considering applications from five members to fill the two vacancies on the 2016-2017 Board, the Board appointed Robert Dalzell and Howard Levitt. Mr. Dalzell and Mr. Levitt will serve until May 31, 2017. They were excellent choices and were able to jump right in and help the board make some difficult decisions.

President Patricia Ravitz announced that 1,338 verified Clinical member ballots and 238 verified Pre-Licensed member ballots were submitted for the 2017-2018 Board election. The winners are: President-Elect: Jan Mellinger; Secretary: Cathryn Leff; Directors-At-Large: Nanci Finley, Jonathan Flier, Kristy Labardee

For the first time ever there was a tie for the Pre-license Director between Lisa Romain and Laura Westmoreland. The tie will be resolved by a run-off via written ballot in early April and will be counted May 5, 2017.

The reserve fund balance as of February 28, 2017, was $6,342,000. This reflects a gain of $207,061 since the December 2016 Board meeting.

The Board reviewed the current technological system limitations of offering auto-payment of dues, but asked staff to work towards creating this option in the future.

The Board reviewed a letter from the Audit Committee, which suggested a business systems audit to ensure that business functions are operating toward maximizing organizational effectiveness and efficiency while minimizing attending risk. The Board established a Task Force to identify which controls should be addressed in such an audit.

Proposed New Projects
The Board heard proposals from three members.

Laura Westmoreland proposed installment plans for payment of dues in order to make CAMFT membership more accessible. Staff was directed to extend current policy that allows installment plans, when requested, for renewing clinical members and Pre-Licensed members. There will be a one-time administrative fee of $25 to all members on an installment plan.

Mark Perlmutter proposed for CAMFT to provide a clinical consultation hotline for members, to be funded by membership subscriptions or by a dues increase. The Board assigned this issue to the Special Interest Group Task Force for further discussion.

Katie Vernoy proposed that the Board create a hiring policy that helps shift the hiring culture to include MFTs as candidates for many staff positions. The Board created a Task Force to work with the Executive Director to identify practical ways to implement this proposal and bring suggestions to the Board in June.

Executive Director Report
The Continuing Education Provider Approval Program (CEPA) has 338 approved providers.

64 videos will be available in the CAMFT On-Demand Learning Library by the end of 2017, including videos from the 2017 Annual Conference, a Private Practice series, and additional law and ethics courses.

The Board discussed East Bay CAMFT’s efforts to assess whether their members want their organization to continue to be affiliated with CAMFT.

The Board voted to establish a Task Force to identify ways CAMFT can provide increasing resources to assist chapters.

The Board received written updates about the BBS and state/federal legislation, including details about CAMFT-sponsored AB 191 and SB 374. CAMFT is also lobbying to get AB 1863 (signed by the Governor in 2016) to be implemented without delay. The Board discussed the status of the Affordable Care Act and acknowledged the huge member response to the calls to action regarding the proposed replacement.

Representatives from CAMFT’s new lobbying firm, Political Solutions, participated in the briefing.

The Board discussed the plans for the Sacramento Lobby Day (March 27) and the Washington, DC Lobby Day (April 16-19).

Next Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held on June 3-4, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla in San Diego. For more details about the meeting or to access the public portions of the Board packet, please visit the Board of Directors section of the CAMFT website.

To see the Public Board Book, which contains much of the materials referenced above, please click here.