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Evolving Policy

 

Los Angeles County Psychological Association

 

                                                                 Evolving Policy

 

Updated through 12/31/16

 

  (Included in this policy document are motions of the Board of Directors which seem to be of lasting impact.)

 

                                                                     GENERAL

 

6/22/86            Members who advertise under the LACPA logo in the yellow pages must submit                              proof of liability insurance to the Central Office.

 

9/9/90              Any use of the LACPA name must be approved by the LACPA Board.

 

6/25/92            LACPA office not refer to any individual professionals outside of psychology, e.g., lawyers, accountants, but may refer to professional organizations, e.g., County Bar Association.

 

2/25/93            A third week be added to the vacation time of Patricia Fricker as she has been with LACPA for two years. This proposition was included in her initial agreement.

 

5/19/94            LACPA send a letter of support for the UCLA HIV/AIDS Training          Program grant                         proposal. A policy for support of grant proposals be created before any other                                 letters be written.

 

5/19/94            The LACPA Board affirms the value of each member serving as a Telephone Tree member.

 

5/19/94            The LACPA Board wants the APA Practice Directorate to be more proactive in its approach to issues of quality of care and mere adjustment to the managed care situation is unacceptable.

 

2/16/95            The LACPA Board supports CPA’s effort in favor of prescription authority.

 

3/16/95            Accept the Committee’s recommendation to pick up first contiguous office (#250)                     and present storage office (#237) and keep existing space at $825/month plus                          $30/month parking.

 

4/6/95              (EC) The Executive Administrator has the latitude to increase clerical staff hours                            on an as-needed basis.

 

5/18/95            The LACPA Board urges the Executive Committee of CPA to place high priority                              on contacting the California Medical Association in terms of psychologists                                  participating in CMA’s HMO.

 

5/18/95            The LACPA Board recommend to CPA Accrediting Agency to evaluate reciprocity with other organizations such as CMA and to streamline the accrediting process.

 

5/18/95            LACPA Board recommend to CPA to propose legislation to amend current law to                      reflect that only standards of care at the time of the offense be applied to the                                offense.

 

5/18/95`          LACPA to establish a Task Force to monitor the yellow page listings for misuse and misrepresentation of license.

 

6/1/95              (EC) The Executive Committee decides that LACPA sponsor Psychological                                    Solutions, a public access cable TV program.

 

6/1/95              (EC) The Executive Committee decides that LACPA will sponsor using                                      an appropriate referral telephone number such as R.I.S.E. on each television                            program.

 

03/14/96          Accept the Personnel Policy Manual as presented.

 

09/17/95          LACPA will participate by allocating $10,000 for marketing/public information                                     with CPA marketing/public information position.

 

04/18/96          EC-Individual members of LACPA may identify themselves as LACPA members as long as they do not indicate or suggest LACPA endorsees or sponsors them or their programs.

 

09/08/96          LACPA propose the establishment of a formal liaison between LACPA and                          Transamerica/HCFA. It was recommended that Joanne Steuer, Ph.D., serve as                             LACPA’s representative.

 

02/06/97          EC-Accept criteria for the Distinguished Service Award: 1) The psychologist has to have demonstrated excellent leadership capabilities, accomplishment, and vision.             2) He/she has made a significant contribution to LACPA for the benefit of the Los Angeles/Southern California psychological community as well as the community in general. 3) In his/her individual professional activities, the psychologist has consistently functioned at the highest level/standard of competency. 4) The psychologist will preferably be a current or retired LACPA member.

 

03/13/97          EC- To abolish the Advisory Board.

 

02/12/98          EC-EC members will design the criteria for a new Professional (“Conceptualizer”) position including job description, salary, title, hours. Full report regarding this new position will be presented at the March EC meeting.

 

02/26/98          LACPA to support the CPA Board in its efforts for a single standard of WASC                               accreditation for licensure eligibility and membership in CPA and LACPA.

 

02/26/98          To adopt Guiding Principles and Values of the California Psychological                                      Association:  Autonomy of the individual, Integrity of leadership, Ethics above                                strategy, Policy and principle over personal preference, Respect for professional                                   pluralism, Promote inclusiveness, Tolerance for dissonance, Openness to new                          perspectives, Commitment to excellence, Dedicated to healing, Striving for                                 wisdom, and Strengthening the human spirit.

 

04//23/98         Board-LACPA Board supports CPA lawsuit against managed care abuses, filed in                         the public interest on behalf of consumers.

 

04/23/98          Board-LACPA to contribute to the CPA Managed Care Lawsuit the equivalent of                   $10 per member per year, for a maximum, of three years.  The details of how this                            money is to be raised to be determined by the LACPA Finance Committee.

 

04/23/98          LACPA will co-sponsor the upcoming California State University/Justice System                              annual program.

 

05/21/98          The LACPA Board supports, in the 1999 budget, a contribution of $10,000 to the salary of the new CPA marketing director and LACPA requests that the marketing director will be on site in Los Angeles at least two times a month, or more, depending upon local and mutual needs.

 

06/28/98          LACPA will participate in the signing of a letter which will be co-signed by all local chapter presidents in support of sending a chapter representative to all Board of Psychology meetings.

 

05/17/00          Approval for the following policy for substitutions for CPA Representatives to a CPA meeting: 1) Notify LACPA President; 2) Representative requests an EC members to serve as substitute; 3) If an EC member is not available, it will be left to the discretion of the President to select an alternate LACPA Board member to attend, as the acting LACPA representative.

 

05/15/03          For the next yellow page book cycle, LACPA will purchase only the 1-line bold ads in the 13 books that Dr. Moses has identified as the most productive.

 

09/18/03          Policies on Endorsement of Candidates

a)     Affirm that LACPA should take a position to familiarize our members about candidates running for APA or CPA offices.       

b)    LACPA should provide all candidates for given offices an equal opportunity to present information to our membership through our newsletter, convention, in-person presentation at Board meetings, distribution of written materials at official LACPA functions, etc.         

c)     Our goal is to educate our membership. We will accomplish this by allowing candidate statements to be distributed at LACPA events, meetings, in our newsletter, and on our website. Every effort will be made to have every candidate know that these mediums are available for their campaign and that they may each make a contribution to the information bank.

d)    LACPA members and Board members may submit questions to be answered by the candidates. These may be distributed on our website and listserv as well as (if timely) newsletter and at LACPA events.

f)   Equal opportunity to present at Continuing Education workshops is not possible, as the CE Committee decides what areas are to be covered for the CE curriculum for the upcoming year(s) and that may not include any areas of specialty of the candidates. Because there is not equal opportunity for all candidates, it is recommended that no CE presenter who is a candidate will present his/her written campaign materials, unless we have solicited the written campaign materials of all candidates running for that office.

h)   LACPA Board members and LACPA Board decisions are not one and the same. LACPA Board members are free to support their own preferred candidates by wearing buttons and distributing campaign literature. However, they must not communicate that they are representing the LACPA Board of Directors. If the LACPA Board of Directors votes to support a candidate, any LACPA member is free to wear buttons for their own candidate, etc.

g)   LACPA will develop a policy for candidates to buy the email list, similar to the mailing list, whereby a one-time use fee will be charged.  The Executive Administrator will work with staff at CPA to establish a similar system for buying the email list for one-time use.

 

h)    The LACPA Board of Directors may decide each election whether or not to support any particular candidate(s). A candidate will be officially endorsed if there is a majority vote of the Board to do so. If there is no majority in favor of supporting a particular candidate, the only formal efforts with regard to that election will be educational in nature.

 

07/22/04          EC:  The submitted Scheduling of Office Hours covering both 20 and 30 hour work weeks to be approved as a “Memorandum of Understanding” subject to reasonable modifications as needed.

 

10/16/04          LACPA supports Ronald Levant, Ed.D., in his candidacy for President-Elect of the American Psychological Association.

 

10/16/04          The Board supports the efforts described in the Internal Networking Program Initial Proposal.

 

02/02/06          (EC) To add CPA Executive Director Jo Linder-Crowe as a subscriber to the LACPA Listserv.

 

03/15/07          To authorize LACPA to pay the cost of having LACPA representative attend CPA Board meetings.

 

02/01/07          (EC) To purchase an Executive Membership at Costco.

 

02/01/07          (EC) To cooperate with Division 51 by providing the LACPA mailing list at no charge for one-time use in exchange for listing as a sponsor and membership table at the June, 2007 conference.  (Men and Masculinity)

 

03/15/907        LACPA to give a donation of $200 to CPA to defray costs of a CPA fundraising dinner.

 

05/17/07          To approve the guest policy (see below) with the addition of the phrase “required to join” in select places.

                                    LACPA Guest Policy Statement

                                    The purpose of this policy statement is to have consistent guidelines about allowing guests, defined as non-LACPA members, to attend LACPA events. The Membership Committee has separated guests who are Personal Guests (i.e., family members) from those who are Professional Colleagues.

 

                                    Leaders of the following activities and events will be asked to keep an attendance record, which will be forwarded to the office. Depending on the type of event, the record will then be passed onto the appropriate committee chairperson. Although no one wants to be the “LACPA Police” none of this works if it cannot be monitored. The Membership Chairperson or the Office staff will contact the colleague who attends select activities below and warmly invite them to join LACPA.

                                    Clubs-Hiking, Film and Book: Personal Guests—OK; Colleagues—attend once and then will be invited to join LACPA

                                    SIGS—colleagues—Attend any one SIG once and then will be invited to join

                                    Committee Workshops-Colleagues-attend once and then will be invited to join

                                    Committee Meetings—LACPA members only

                                    Brown Bag Lunches-LACPA members only

                                    Professional Development Network Meeting (PDN)-LACPA members only

                                   

                                    Speakers at any of the above meetings may bring one personal guest, no children invited. Colleagues must join LACPA prior to the event.

 

                                    Annual Wine and Cheese – Permitted to bring one Personal Guest, no children invited. Colleagues must join LACPA prior to the event.

                                    Convention Presenters-Personal Guests must pay to attend the convention.

                                    Convention Awardees-Allowed to bring Personal Guests to the luncheon/award ceremony, as arranged in advance with the office.

 

2/21/08            To accept the Revised LACPA Guest Policy dated January 9, 2008.

                                                                 

REVISION OF

 LACPA GUEST POLICY STATEMENT

 

January 9, 2008

Original passed by Board of Directors on May 17, 2007

The purpose of this policy statement is to have consistent guidelines about allowing

guests, defined as non-LACPA members, to attend LACPA events.  Leaders of the following activities and events will keep an attendance record, which will be forwarded to the office. 

Committee Meetings- LACPA members only

Committee Workshops- LACPA members only except when co-sponsored with another organization.  Membership Committee may organize recruiting events.  When offered, CEs available to LACPA members only.

Brown Bag Lunches- LACPA members only

Professional Development Network Meeting (PDN) - LACPA members only

SIGs- LACPA members only

Clubs-Hiking, Film and Book: Significant Others – OK

Presenters at any of the above meetings may bring one Significant Other if space permits.

Annual Wine and Cheese- LACPA members are permitted to bring one Significant Other, no children invited

Convention Presenters- Significant Others must pay to attend the Convention

Convention Awardees- Allowed to bring Significant Others to the luncheon/award ceremony, as arranged in advance with the office

 

3/20/08            LACPA adopt this antitrust policy as the LACPA Antitrust Policy.

The Los Angeles County Psychological Association has adopted the

American Psychological Association Antitrust Policy

 

The following policy has been approved by the Board of Directors of the

   Los Angeles County Psychological Association on March 20, 2008.

It shall be the policy of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association to be in strict compliance with all federal and state antitrust laws. Therefore, the Association enacts the following policy:

I.  Application.  These policies and procedures apply to all membership, board, committee and other meetings of the Association, all meetings attended by representatives of the Association, and to all communications by Association, its staff, board and committees (whether by phone, e-mail, regular mail, website postings, messages on the Association’s listservs, or other means).

II.  Fee Discussions

A.  Discussion of actual or proposed fees set by psychologists is prohibited.  In addition, there should be no discussion of specific economic factors that might influence fee levels such as:

                  a. specific costs of operations, supplies, labor or services;

b. specific discount terms; and

c. levels of profit margins or mark ups. 

     It is appropriate, however, to discuss methods of operation and similar matters that may

     assist psychologists in practicing more efficiently and effectively.

     B.  Factual statements regarding reimbursement rates for psychological services that have been set or proposed by health insurers and other third party payors is permitted only if:

            a. The actual or proposed rate is applicable to all psychologists in a certain market       area (e.g., the rate is not individually negotiated).

            b. The rate has been generally announced by the payor. 

            c. The mention of rates is not accompanied by any commentary that might                       suggest that other psychologists should not accept the rate or should not             participate with the payor (e.g., claiming that the rate is “unacceptable,” will   cause psychologists to leave the panel, etc.)

    III.   Competition.  It is a violation of Antitrust laws to agree not to compete, therefore,     discussions of agreement on fees to charge or division of territories or customers or            limitations on the nature of business carried on or services provided are not permitted.

IV. Boycotts.  Boycotts in any form are unlawful. Discussion relating to boycotts is         prohibited, including discussions about blacklisting or discouraging other psychologists from participating with a particular company.  

      V.  Response to Inappropriate Discussions.  It is the Association's policy that if    representatives of the Association participate in any meetings, conference calls or similar discussions, where discussion can border on an area of antitrust sensitivity, the Association's representative shall request that the discussion be stopped and ask that the request be made a part of any minutes of the meeting, call or discussion. If      others             continue such discussion, the Association's representative should excuse himself/herself            from the meeting or call and request any minutes show that he/she        left the meeting or       call at that point and why. Any such instances should be reported immediately to the             President and staff of the Association.

      VI. Dissemination of Policy.  It is the Association's policy that a copy of this Antitrust Policy   be given annually to each officer, director, committee member, official representative of            member companies and Association employees and that the same be read or understood             at all meetings of the membership of the Association.

 

3/20/08            To adopt the resolution that the LACPA Board agrees to support discussion, education and collaboration with psychologists in private practice, appropriate professional organizations and managed care entities regarding quality of, and access to, care.

 

4/17/08            When discussing clinical material at LACPA events, any expressed opinions should not be construed a formal supervision or consultation. It is LACPA’s position that unlicensed participants should discuss the clinical material with their supervisors prior to implementation.

 

4/17/08            All EC officers, committee chairpersons, SIG facilitators, and club leaders prepare and submit an annual operations and procedures timeline by the end of November.

 

4/17/08            To approve that the mission of the Town Hall Committee for the 2008-2009 Fiscal Year is to provide the larger psychological community, including both practitioners and students, as well as the general community, with public forum events, using a town hall format for purposes of community education and discussions of key issues of the day from the perspective of psychological practice and research.

 

4/17/08            To ask that the CPA Representatives of LACPA bring the issue of listserv adherence to antitrust guidelines to the next CPA Board meeting.

 

4/17/08            Any written or oral communication with insurance companies on behalf of LACPA must            first be submitted as a written proposal to the Board of Directors for prior approval.

 

5/15/08            LACPA’s paid listings in the print Yellow Pages be discontinued by not renewing                                     contracts as they become due.

 

5/15/08            The LACPA Board of Directors authorizes, on behalf of our Association, Dr. Fitzgerald to send the letter “oppose unless amended” concerning AB 1486 (Calderon), the Licensed Professional Counselors bill, to Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas, Chair of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee.

 

9/18/08            It is resolved that LACPA is opposed to Proposition 8, the November ballot initiative that would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. This position will be communicated to LACPA members and to the “NO on Prop 8” campaign organization so that LACPA may be listed with other organizations opposing Prop 8 such as CPA, the California Psychiatric Association, and the National Association of Social Workers California chapter. (Wallace/Liberatore/Passed Unanimously)

 

9/17/09            That, in the event that there is a resignation or other loss of office staff, the President will appoint a special committee of three LACPA leaders (preferably current or recent officers) to coordinate the hiring of a replacement. This special committee shall submit its recommendations to the Executive Committee and then to the Board (except in December, July, or August) for a decision.

 

11/19/09          On behalf of the Committee, I move that the Office Contingency Plan Report and its recommendations be accepted by the Board and reviewed yearly by the LACPA President and Executive Committee in July or August.

 

11/19/09          It is hereby moved that three current special committees of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA), the Psychoanalytic Psychology Committee, the Diversity Committee and the Health Psychology Committee, retain their privileges and designations as special committees of LACPA.

 

03/18/10          to donate $1000 to CPA Convention fundraising effort

 

6/16/11            Based on ethical concerns and patient/client welfare, “live” demonstrations with current or former patients/clients shall be prohibited at all LACPA programs, including Continuing Education, Brown Bag Continuing Education, Special Interest Group Presentations, and Convention.

 

10/24/13          To establish a policy that presenters at any LACPA sanctioned events (including committees, special interest groups, continuing education programs, brown bag lunches and conventions) must: (1) be in good standing with their respective licensing boards and professional associations, (2) not be found by their licensing board or a professional association to be in serious violation of their board's regulations or the code of ethics governing their profession, and (3) not be on any form of probation or suspension by their licensing board. Presenters who do not meet one or more of these criteria shall be disqualified from presenting.

 

6/1/14                          To refine the 4/17/08 and 10/28/10 evolving policy re “Annual Operations and

Procedures timelines” to the following:

1) All Board members will annually receive and participate with the Immediate Past-President via updates in the “Organizational Collaborative Calendar” (a calendar of information to show how the roles of the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs may interact during different months of the year)

2) The document known as “Timeline” shall be renamed “Operations Guideline”. All Board of Directors, committee chairpersons, and others in appropriate positions will participate with the Immediate Past-President via updates as needed, and receive annually an updated “Operations Guidelines” document.

The purpose is to convey to BOD and/or Committee Chairs the responsibilities of the position being assumed. 

The Document requirements will include:

a) By-laws related to position and/or evolving policy if applicable.

b) Mission of committee (if applicable to role)

c) Duties, tasks, responsibilities, event overviews (non-specific) if applicable.

 

 

BYLAWS

 

10/20/03          To accept the recommendation of the ad hoc committee to implement term limits as proposed in Article VI, Section 2(h).

 

Article VI, Section 2(h): Directors shall be elected for a one-year term. There will be term limits as follows: No Board member may serve more than ten consecutive years.  Current Board members who have already served ten or more consecutive years (at the time of ratification of this amendment) may serve no more than one or two additional years before stepping down. During the years in which this policy takes effect, a specific method of implementation of this policy will be determined by the Nominations and Elections Committee with approval of the Board of Directors. Former Board members may seek nomination to the Board again after being off the Board for at least one year.

To pass as amended the proposed bylaws changes relating to student membership on the LACPA Board of Directors in Article III, Section 6; Article IV, Section 1; and Article IX, Section 4(g).

Article III, Section 6:  A Student Member is a graduate student in the field of psychology or its equivalent, as determined by Membership Committee guidelines. Student Members shall have all privileges of membership except the right to vote, to hold office on the Board of Directors, or to chair a standing committee. The exception to this shall be a representative of the LACPA Student Leadership Committee, who shall have the right to cast one total vote on behalf of the student membership at meetings of  the LACPA Board of Directors.

Article IV, Section 1: Membership in LACPA is required to be a voting member of the LACPA Board of Directors. A voting member of the LACPA Board of Directors shall be either a Full Member or Emeritus Member or a Student Member in good standing.  The LACPA Student Leadership Committee shall be empowered to cast one aggregate vote at meetings of the LACPA Board of Directors.

Article IX, Section 4(g): The Student Leadership Committee is composed of up to three Student Members, all of whom shall have status as LACPA Board Members, except that they shall be empowered to cast only one aggregate vote on behalf of the entire Student Membership; they may not Chair a LACPA Standing Committee; and they may not hold office as an officer of LACPA. The Student Leadership Committee is responsible for communication with and coordination of activities of the Student Members of the Association, and to give them a voice on the Board of Directors.

6/24/04            To delete last sentence of #10 in the Bylaws Revisions. Procedures for conducting business via electronic mail will be developed and placed in a Procedures Manual.

09/16/10          to modify the bylaws so that votes may be cast electronically or via the US Postal Service.

10/18/10          to approve the proposed amendments to the bylaws for submission to all eligible voting members receiving this year’s ballot for the approval or disapproval of the membership as to the proposed changes:

Sections 3 and 4 of Article VII of the Bylaws of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association currently read as follows:

Section 3: Ballots shall be mailed to members no later than November 1 of each year and returned to the Central Office by a date established by the Board of Directors, no later than December 1.

Section 4: Ballots shall be collected and signatures verified by Central Office. They shall be held unopened until they can be tabulated in the presence of the Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee and at least two members of the Board of Directors. Each office shall be filled by the candidate receiving the highest number of votes. The candidates for Director shall be ranked in order of the number of votes received. Vacancies shall be filled by those candidates receiving the highest number of votes. In the event of a tie, the Board of Directors is empowered to declare the winner by a simple majority vote. 

The proposed amendments to the Bylaws read as follows:

Section 3: In conducting elections pursuant to Article VII, the Association is authorized to use any combination of electronic and paper voting options as reasonable and appropriate, provided that Members eligible to vote must be given the option to vote by paper ballot. Notice as to the composition of the election ballot and the manner in which to exercise the options to vote electronically or by paper ballot will be sent to the membership by any appropriate means, including electronically transmitted communications and/or mail, by no later than November 1.

Section 4: Voting shall close on December 1 or such other date as chosen and approved by the Board of Directors.  No votes received after that date shall be counted.  Each office shall be filled by the candidate receiving the highest number of votes.  The candidates for Director shall be ranked in order of the number of votes received.  Vacancies shall be filled by those candidates receiving the highest number of votes.  In the event of a tie, the Board of Directors is empowered to declare the winner by a simple majority vote. 

                                                                    FINANCIAL

 

10/19/89          Rescinded 10/19/95

                        Any spending above $200 needs full Board of Directors or Executive Committee                         authorization. LACPA President or Acting Executive Director may approve lesser                      amounts.

 

10/19/89          Mailing labels will be provided at $100 for individual, non-institutional members;                             $150 for nonprofit organizations and        $250 for profit organizations.

 

7/5/90              The Board is to be informed on a continual based of our financial situation.

 

3/21/91            Establish a formal budget process including submission of anticipated expenses by all committees culminating in an annual budget being submitted to the Board for approval prior to the end of the calendar year for the targeted fiscal year starting in January.

 

3/21/91            Rescinded 10/19/95

                        Include in the budget two categories of expenses: (a) predictable, fixed expenses                             (e.g. salaries, benefits, rent, etc.) and (b) prioritized discretionary expenses, which                      will primarily depend on membership income for activation.

 

3/21/91            Rescinded 10/19/95

Include in the fixed expenses an Emergency Fund, the criteria for expending which   will be very well defined and strictly controlled.

 

3/21/91            Rescinded 10/19/95

                        Include in the discretionary expenses an Undesignated Fund, which will provide                                for expenses unforeseen at the time the budget was defined and not be as strictly                                   controlled as the Emergency Funds are, i.e., be subject to on-going Board motions              and approval process.

 

3/21/91            Report the financial status of LACPA at each meeting in a standardspreadsheet format that will readily show our current status as well as what can be anticipated (surplus, deficit, or break-even) at the end of the fiscal year.

 

3/21/91            Rescinded 10/19/95

                        Assign each check from the LACPA checking account to a budget account(s) and                                  record in the computer system to facilitate both periodic reports and audits.

 

3/21/91            Define and implement written policies and procedures for record keeping that                             would allow an annual audit of LACPA records. Research the cost of such an                                   outside audit for review by the Board before commitment to the expense.

 

3/21/91            Amend the Treasurer's job description to include signing of all corporate tax                              returns for the Association.

 

1/12/92            Enable the Executive Administrator to sign checks up to $1000.

 

1/12/92            Review signatures for check signing annually.

 

4/16/92            Rescinded 10/19/95

At the end of each fiscal year, funds remaining in the undesigned and emergency line items be transferred to the rollover line item of the budget. In addition, any surplus funds remaining at the end of the fiscal year budget are also to be transferred to the rollover line item. Once calculated, this sum total of the rollover line item is to be designated for deposit in a separate interest-bearing account. In order to maintain LACPA's operating expense account balance at a level sufficient for functioning in the new fiscal year, the actual transfer of the rollover amount to the separate account will not be effected until October 1.

 

10/19/95          1.  The President will establish a fiscal committee to include the Treasurer,                                     Treasurer-Elect, President-Elect, Past President, and at least one person with                             special financial investment expertise (not necessarily a psychologist). The                              responsibility of this committee will be to advise the Board on:

a) Procedures of fiscal management, including budgeting and cost controls through use of a monthly trial balance.

                        b)  The prudent investing of available funds in interest generating instruments of                               appropriate terms to balance optimum account interest and liquidity, e.g. Our                               membership dues generates over $100,000 in the first months of the fiscal year.                                     Those funds, along with reserves, could be invested in 30-, 60-, or 90-day or 6-                        month interest earning certificates.

2.  A Reserve Fund will be maintained with a minimal amount necessary to support the organization’s basic operations for a period of three months.

                        3.  Committee chairs, with concurrence from their committee, and the Executive                                    Administrator, may have the discretion to shift allocated expense items and spend                                 up to 10% of their Board approved program budget without additional approval                            from the Board. Total expenditures for any committee or program cost-center will                                     not exceed the budgeted amount unless approved by the Board.

                        4.  Expenditures greater than $3,000 require two authorized signatures.

                        5.  In order to implement the planning and fiscal controls embodied in the budget                                  for fiscal year 1996, the Board rescinds any previous policy actions which would                             prevent its intention to operate with a program-based planning budget, and                             monthly trial balances, so as to monitor and control expenditures relative to                           accumulated revenues.

Specifically Action #5 rescinds the following previous Board actions, and evolved “traditions”:

                        a)  Rescind Establishment of an inaccessible reserve or “rollover fund” (4/16/92).

                        b)  Rescind Limit of spending about $200 (1/19/89).

                        c)  Rescind Automatic allocation of $200 to each committee (a tradition)

                        d)  Rescind Establishment of two categories of expenses: predictable and                                               discretionary (3/21/91).

                        e)  Rescind Emergency Fund (3/21/91).

                        f)  Rescind Undesignated Fund (3/21/91).

                        g)  Rescind Assigning of checks (3/21/91).

h)  If there are other policies which are in conflict with or impede the intent of the program planning budget approach, they must be brought to the attention of the Board by November 1995 meeting, or they are hereby automatically rescinded.

 

09/08/96          To give the power and responsibility to William Wallace, Ph.D., to make changes                                  in the enabling resolutions as presented by Dean Witter and if those changes are                                   not accepted, then the EC is empowered to proceed with signing the enabling                            resolutions as presented.

 

02/01/96          EC-Implement holiday time for the Executive Assistant retroactive to September                                 1995.

 

05/16/96          Requests for reimbursement of LACPA committee expenses will be submitted                             through the committee chair.

 

02/06/97          EC- To have LACPA send a representative to the State Leadership Conference in                               Washington, D.C. beginning March 7, 1997, with funds not to exceed $2000 and                         which will come from the LACPA Marketing budget.

 

02/09/97          EC-To approve premises liability  insurance increase to cover 910 square feet; to                                add electronic data processing coverage for an estimated $16,000 of value; and to                                 keep contents loss at $5,000, representing a total annual insurance premium of                                     approximately $572.

 

10/9/97            EC-To continue using first class mail for LACPA mailings which are time                                             sensitive.

 

11/06/97          EC-To develop a financial management policy for LACPA.

 

02/12/98          EC-Allocate a maximum of $20,000 to hire additional staff member for remainder                of the fiscal year.

 

02/26/98          To support the expenditure of $7,000 from next year’s budget for funds to pay for                             Drs. Yalom and Gottman at the 1998 LACPA Convention.

 

03/05/98          EC- Travel Policy:  All reimbursable travel/hotel accommodations for official                           LACPA related business has to be approved by EC in advance prior to the event.                         If travel is part of a Committee budget, there must be line items spelled out for                               any travel arrangements. 

 

04/02/98          EC - To authorize a full audit with specifics pending.

 

04/02/98          EC- Members of the EC form the Finance Committee.

 

08/13/98          EC- Propose that up to $10,000 interest from Dean Witter account will be utilized for computer system upgrade for a total of $17,000.

 

10/01/98          EC-Propose that the minimum amount allowed for use of charge card be $35.

 

01/07/99          EC-LACPA will pay the dinner expenses for one person designated by the EC as the host of a LACPA guest.

 

04/08/99          EC-To have advertising in the LACPA Membership Directory to be published in July 1999.

 

05/20/99          To authorize the taking of $2000 out of administration to pay AMEX (who did our review) to set up an adequate accounting system.

 

06/19/03          To endorse the EC’s recommendation to allow committee chairs to propose to the Finance Committee shifts in funding between line items in their committee’s budget.

 

1/25/04            To allocate $1000 to the Psychology Shield fund formed by Dr. Bill Safarjan and                           other California public sector psychologists to finance a suit against the CA                                   Department of Mental Health for failure to enforce, indeed intentionally                                         disregarding, existing law authorizing the independent practice of psychologists                            in state-funded mental health and medical facilities.  The contributed funds must                           be used for consultation or legal fees on this particular issue.

 

09/20/07          LACPA should retain at least $300,000 (approximately one year’s operating                           expenses and an additional sum) in its reserve account. Should the annual                                               operating expenses exceed the amount of $300,000, the amount in reserves will be                       reevaluated.

 

09/20/07          The Finance Committee will consist of the Executive Committee and one or two                             additional people at the discretion of the President and the Treasurer.

 

09/20/07          LACPA extends to 2008 the $100 contribution for each CPA representative per                                   CPA Board meeting to help cover the costs of governance for CPA meetings.

 

1/13/08            Beginning with the fiscal year September 1, 2008 through August 31, 2009, the                           interest income from LACPA’s savings account (currently the Morgan Stanley                                 Account) for the previous fiscal year shall be listed as projected inflow in the                            budget.

 

1/13/08            To approve that up to $1000 can be allocated from the Morgan Stanley account                                 for additional expenses for the State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

 

3/20/08            In the event of an urgent and unanticipated need for funds arises, a written request                      and supporting documentation will be presented to the Finance Committee, which                      will then make a recommendation to the Board.

 

3/20/08            In the event that a committee disagrees with the Finance Committee’s                                       recommendation for funding, a written request for reconsideration and supporting                            documentation shall be submitted to the Finance Committee at least two weeks                                   prior to the May Board meeting.

 

3/20/08            The LACPA Board approves the allocation of up to $3,000 for LACPA students                           to attend this year’s State Leadership and Advocacy Day.

 

6/19/08            At the end of each fiscal year 25% of the remainder* be used to create a President-Elect’s Discretionary Fund to be administered by the President-Elect with any additional advisors that he/she deems necessary. The President-Elect will keep the Board informed and seek Board input in regard to the use of these funds.  *The remainder is defined as the total amount in the Morgan Stanley (or successor account) on August 31 minus the $300,000 Reserve (Motion of Board 9/20/07), minus the Operating Account, minus the interest reserved for the next fiscal year, minus the interest reserved for the subsequent year’s budgetary process.

 

6/19/08            The Treasurer and President will be authorized to invest the $300,000 Reserve                         portion of the Morgan Stanley account in government insured certificates of                                    deposit that mature on or before August 31, 2009.

 

6/19/08            LACPA donates $1 for every LACPA member as of the time of the approval of                                   this motion to the California Psychological Association for board room furniture                         for the new office headquarters.

 

10/23/08          Be it resolved that Karin C. Meiselman, Ph.D., and Kathleen Fitzgerald, Ph.D.,                            acting jointly, are hereby authorized to sell, assign, and endorse for transfer,                           certificates representing stock, bonds, or other securities now registered or                                        hereafter registered in the name of this non-profit corporation.

 

10/23/08          $17,400 be transferred from the remainder category to the reserve category in                              order to correct for a 5.8% increase in the cost of living (COLA) and that the                               treasurer and president, jointly, be authorized to invest this $17,400 in government                         insured certificates of deposit that mature on or before August 31, 2009. It is                         anticipated that each year in October the Finance Committee will consider                                               whether a cost of living increase in the reserve fund should be recommended to                                 the Board.

 

1/11/09            Be it resolved that Patricia Fricker, M.A., Executive Administrator, Karin Meiselman, Ph.D., Treasurer, and Pamela Harmell, Ph.D., President, are hereby authorized to sell, assign, and endorse for transfer, certificates representing stocks, bonds, or other securities now registered or hereafter registered in the name of this nonprofit corporation.

 

4/2/09 EC        to approve the recommendations of the Finance Committee. In response to a letter from CPA’s Finance Committee requesting donations LACPA’s Finance Committee recommended making a fifty-cent donation for each LACPA member. The Finance Committee also recommended formally releasing previous funds donated to CPA’s office furniture fund so that any money that was not used for furniture may be used at CPA’s discretion.

 

4/23/09            That the $4000 budgeted for the Town Hall Committee in the 08-09 fiscal year be added to the projected inflows for the 09-10 fiscal year.

 

4/23/09            That in response to CPA’s letter dated March 3, 2009, LACPA contribute to CPA $570 ($.50 for every LACPA member as of today). CPA is also to be given permission to utilize the $1069 contributed in June 2008 for purposes other than boardroom furniture.

 

5/21/09            That the Treasurer and the President be authorized to invest the Reserve portion of the UBS account in government insured certificates of deposit that mature on or before August 31, 2010.

 

6/18/09            That at the end of the 2008-2009 fiscal year 50% of the remainder* be designated as the “Real Estate Acquisition Fund.”

*The remainder is defined as the total amount in the UBS (or successor account) on August 31 minus the Reserve, minus the Operating Account, minus the interest reserved for the next fiscal year, minus the interest reserved for the subsequent year’s budgetary process.

 

6/18/09      That at the end of each fiscal year 25% of the remainder* be used to create a President-Elect’s Discretionary Fund to be administered by the President-Elect with any additional advisors that he/she deems necessary. The President-Elect will keep the Board informed and seek Board input in regard to the use of these funds.

 

*The remainder is defined as the total amount in the UBS (or successor account) on August 31 minus the Reserve, minus the Operating Account, minus the interest reserved for the next fiscal year, minus the interest reserved for the subsequent year’s budgetary process.

 

9/17/09            MOTION RESCINDED 5/21/15

That in budgeting for a fiscal year in which an APAIT program will occur, 50% of the estimated profit from the program will be subtracted from the projected inflows for that fiscal year and carried over to the next fiscal year’s projected inflows. When the APAIT program’s actual profit is known, this carry over amount may be adjusted by the Finance Committee.

 

11/19/09          That the Board of Directors approve Patricia Fricker, Pamela Harmell, Kenneth Liberatore, and Amy Rosett as signers for the Union Bank of California Account for 2010.

 

11/19/09          Be it resolved that Patricia Fricker, M.A., Executive Administrator, Kenneth Liberatore, Ph.D., Treasurer, and Amy Rosett, Ph.D., President, are hereby authorized to sell, assign, and endorse for transfer, certificates representing stocks, bonds or other securities now registered or hereafter registered in the name of this nonprofit corporation.

 

06/17/10          that the Board accept the recommendation of the Finance Committee that any money remaining in the President-Elect’s Fund at the end of each fiscal year be returned to the UBS Remainder for that year.

 

06/17/10          that the Board accept the recommendation of the Finance Committee that the Treasurer and the President be authorized to invest the Reserve portion of the UBS account in government insured certificates of deposit that mature on or before August 31, 2011.

 

06/17/10          that the Board accept the recommendation of the Finance Committee that at the end of each fiscal year, 50% of the reminder* be added to the “Real Estate Acquisition Fund.”  *The remainder is defined as the total amount in the UBS (or successor account) on August 31 minus the Reserve, minus the Operating Account, minus the interest reserved for the next fiscal year, minus the interest reserved for the subsequent year’s budgetary process.

 

11/28/10          that an amendment to the Los Angeles County Psychological Association’s Investment Policy be made by adding the following paragraph:

                                    The Board of Directors has authorized the yearly accumulation of funds in anticipation of the possible purchase of a commercial building or other office space in lieu of the ongoing rental of an office. Recognizing that the investment of funds under current economic conditions is unlikely to result in sufficient capital appreciation to achieve this objective, and given that the funds accumulated for the possible acquisition of real property is not directly necessary to LACPA’s continued financial security, the Finance Committee is authorized to explore alternative investment for these funds outside of the parameters set forth in Exhibit A, including but not limited to Real Estate Investment Trusts. The Finance Committee will report to the Board the result of its exploration of alternative investments prior to the Finance Committee’s implementation of the investment of these funds in one or more alternative investments.         

 

11/17/11          One half of the currently available LACPA Real Estate Acquisition Fund be invested in the publicly-traded IShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Exchange Traded Fund (Ticker Symbol ICF) and the remaining half of the available Real-Estate Acquisition Fund remain in cash investments similar to those made for the remainder of LACPA's long term cash holdings.  The Finance Committee will evaluate the results of, and future prospects for, the REIT investment strategy in August or September of 2012 and make its recommendation as to a long-term investment policy regarding the Real-Estate Acquisition Fund at the September or October 2012 Board of Directors meeting.

 

10/18/12          That the entirety of the LACPA Real Estate Acquisition Fund, including the monies recently allocated to the Real Estate Acquisition Fund from the remainder accumulated in Fiscal Year 2011-2012, be invested in the publicly-traded IShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Exchange Traded Fund (Ticker Symbol ICF); and that any future funds allocated to, or accumulated by, the Real Estate Acquisition Fund be so invested following the end of each fiscal year subject to review by the Finance Committee as to the continuing advisability of the investment.

 

11/15/12 MOTION RESCINDED 5/21/15       

MOTION: To clarify and refine the existing evolving policies regarding year-end financial procedures as currently outlined, it is hereby moved as follows:

               a)            The Surplus equals each fiscal year’s Income minus Expenses.

               b)            The UBS Reserve is to be renamed the Long Term Contingency Fund (LTCF).  The purpose of the LTCF is to maintain a contingency fund equal to one year of LACPA’s budgeted expenses.

               c)            The UBS Remainder is to be renamed the Short Term Contingency Fund (STCF).  The purpose of the STCF is to cover short-term LACPA emergency cash flow needs.

           

MOTION RESCINDED 5/21/15

The UBS Operating Reserve was established before the STCF existed and is therefore considered to be duplicative and unnecessary.  Therefore, the UBS Operating Reserve of $55,790 is to be eliminated by transferring $46,577 to the LTCF in order to render the LTCF equal to the 2012-2013 budgeted expenses of $363,977, with the remainder of the UBS Operating Reserve of $9,213 to be transferred to the STCF.

 

MOTION RESCINDED 5/21/15

Each year, the LTCF will be adjusted using funds from the prior fiscal year’s STCF, if such funds are available, to bring it into alignment with the proposed budgetary expenses.

 

MOTION RESCINDED 5/21/15

Following the adjustment of the LTCF as outlined in above motion, at the end of each fiscal year, the following calculations will be made with the purpose and for the benefit of programs and future real estate acquisition: 

 

a) 25% of the STCF will be transferred to the President-Elect’s Discretionary Fund;

b) 50% of the STCF will be transferred to the Real Estate Acquisition Fund; and

c) The remaining portion of the STCF and any available surplus will become the new fiscal year’s STCF

 

2/21/13            MOTION RESCINDED 5/21/15

To formalize the process of putting half the profit of the entire APAIT program to be set aside for the nonprogram year.

 

2/21/13            To hire an accountant to inform us about using a 501(c)(6) corporation if we can or can't do advocating for the profession of psychology.

 

3/21/13            Previous approval to hire an accountant to inform us about using a 501(c)(6) corporation if we can or can't do advocating for the profession of psychology will be paid from short term contingency fund not to exceed $1000.

 

4/18/13            To redefine and clarify the existing evolving policy regarding the accounting of the President-Elect’s Discretionary Fund as currently outlined, it is hereby moved as follows: Effective April 18, 2013, with the passing of this motion, The President-Elect’s Discretionary Fund shall now be reconstructed as follows:  1) “The President-Elect’s Discretionary Fund. This fund will exist from September 1 until December31st of the President-Elect’s year. 2) When the President-Elect becomes President the President-Elect’s Discretionary Fund shall be renamed the President’s Discretionary Fund. This fund shall remain in existence from January 1st to the end of the president’s term on December 31st .

 

4/18/13            To redefine and clarify the existing evolving policy regarding the use of the President’s Discretionary Fund as currently outlined, it is hereby moved as follows:

Effective April 18, 2013, with the passing of this motion The President is

approved to use up to $1000 for expenses for the annual CPA Convention

related to hotel, registration, and travel.

The President is approved to use up to $500 for board member/committee chair

related expenses incurred for purposes of LACPA business. These expenses

will be reimbursed from the President’s Discretionary Fund on a quarterly basis

during the President’s term of office.

 

11/20/14          Treasurer to chair the Real Estate Committee.

 

5/21/15            To rescind all previous motions for Short-Term and Long-Term contingency Fund adjustments and replace with: Annually the surplus of income over expenses at August 31 will be first applied to the Short-Term Contingency Fund.  When the Short-Term Contingency Fund reaches, or is at $40,000, any further surplus will then be transferred to the Long-Term Contingency Fund, as needed, for the fund to be equal to the projected annual budget. Any further surplus will be transferred to the REIT or other investment funds as determined by the Finance Committee and approved by the BOD annually at the October meeting.  If the surplus does not meet the requirements for any or all of the transfers, the Finance Committee will make recommendations and present the Board with such recommendations.

 

5/21/15            To rescind the previous motions to the evolving policy for the APAIT yearly adjustment to the budget and to replace with:

 

Future LACPA budgets for the “Trust” events in the non-Trust event year will include a pre-registration projection of 1/3 of the total event income.  Two-thirds of the projected “Trust event” income will be included in the year of the event.

 

9/17/15     Per evolving policy of 5/21/15*: To transfer $9,112.00 from our Operating Account to the Short Term Contingency Fund (STCF) to bring the STCF to $40,000.  No transfers needed for LTCF.

 

9/17/15    To transfer balance of surplus in the amount of $33,585 from our Operating Account to                  set aside as “Moving Fund.”  Balance remaining in “Moving Fund” after move will be                  transferred to investments

 

5/19/156   To approve the LACPA Budget for fiscal year 9/1/16-8/31/17.

 

FOUNDATION

 

5/18/89            LACPA to recognize three individuals from the psychological and general                                          communities who have supported mental health in a significant way. The                                            Executive Committee will approve the list along with the committee of the Board                                  of the Foundation.

 

6/21/90            The Foundation is to be set up as the charitable arm and a division of LACPA.

 

9/9/90              Goal of the Foundation is to receive major corporation grants to educate people of                 mental health. Give the Foundation an opportunity to go outside the community                          for monies.

 

11/21/91          The President-Elect and the Past President of LACPA will be liaisons to the                                 Foundation Board.

 

6/25/92            Membership in the Foundation will be included on the LACPA membership dues                              statement.

 

9/18/94            $10 from each full LACPA 94-95 member dues be donated to the Foundation and                                   $5 from First Full members of 1994-95.

 

06/17/99          To be supportive of the Foundation and continue its goals. To re-institute the additional optional lines in the membership mailings asking LACPA members for a tax deductible donation to the Foundation. This mailing will include a brief description of the purpose of the Foundation.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

10/20/88          The Board will contact minority psychological associations and invite to                                            participate ex officio on the LACPA Board.

 

3/15/90            LASCP has voting rights at LACPA meetings through their representative.

 

11/15/90          Board meetings are open to the general membership.

 

12/13/90          Responsibilities of Board Members are: (1) Maintain active LACPA membership                            and attend Board meetings, (2) Chair or Co-Chair an active committee or, if                               representing another psychology organization, be active in representing that group                       to the Board,  (3) Interact responsibly, appropriately, and ethically at Board                             meetings, when working with staff, and when acting in your role as a Board                               member, (4) Support the Association's annual Foundation/Installation Dinner and                            its annual Convention, (5) Support the Membership Committee to recruit and                                     retain new and current members.

 

1/12/91            Send letters to future retirees from Board citing their contributions to LACPA.

 

11/21/91          The Board of Directors approves the creation of a Peace Psychology Committee.

 

3/18/93            LACPA invite someone from the Long Beach Association to sit in on the LACPA                       Board meetings and in 1994 become a regular member of the LACPA Board.

 

06/21/01          To allow students to have a vote on the LACPA Board of Directors.

 

06/17/10          To review the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Employee or

                        Board Member Protection (WhistleBlower) Policy annually at the January

                        Retreat. The policy shall be signed by any new board members at that time.

 

4/18/13            To appoint a social chair position on the board to promote and plan Breakfast with Board, Board Holiday party, and Board Retreat.

 

10/15/15          That Board members are permitted to serve an eleventh year on the Board only if it is to complete the three-year commitment to an Executive Committee position.

 

 

 

                                CALIFORNIA PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

 

4/21/88            LACPA supports in principle the number of voting delegates to CSPA per chapter                       be proportional to the number of members of the chapter.

 

COMMITTEES

 

                                                                        General

4/18/91            Individual clinical committees may choose to require additional fees and/or clinical, educational, or experiential background for inclusion in their clinical network.

 

Brown Bag Lunch

05/17/12          To approve the reorganization of the LACPA Brown Bag Lectures to be moved, from inclusion within the Membership Committee to be under the domain of the CE Committee.

 

 

CLASP (Colleague Assistance Program

11/17/95          LACPA form a colleagues’ assistance program (CLASP).

 

03/02/06          (EC) To create a CLASP Chapter Committee under auspices of CPA for one                                 year.  Dr. Bortell will be the designated CLASP representative during this                                                time.

 

Community Outreach

4/23/09            To establish a Community Outreach Committee.

 

 

Community Volunteer Service

1/25/04            To create the LACPA Community Volunteer Service Committee as a Special                                 Committee with Dr. Moses as Chair.

 

Convention

06/15/06          Lengthy discussion was held over whether the EC, the Board, or some                                               other delegated group should determine annual award recipients.  No clear                                               decision was made, and discussion was deferred.  The following decisions                                            were made:

                        VOTE:  All LACPA members can submit nominations for annual awards                                   in all categories, including the legislative award.

                        VOTE:  An award will be given in a particular category only if there is                                  someone worthy of receiving that award. 

                        VOTE:  The honored legislator must attend convention and be present in                          order to receive the legislative award. 

                        VOTE:  For all winners except the legislative award, the LACPA president              will notify awardees.  The GAC chairperson will notify the recipient of the                   legislative award.

11/16/06          The LACPA Board approves the award recipients. To invite Board members to participate and provide input to the EC, the EC votes and makes recommendations of recipients and the Board finalizes the recommendations.

 

04/19/07          To rescind the rule that the legislator being given the award for distinguished legislator must be present at the Convention.

 

02/18/10          All LACPA members, except the  members of the LACPA Executive Committee, are permitted to make nominations for the LACPA annual awards.

 

 

02/18/10          The members of the LACPA Executive Committee are not eligible for LACPA annual awards.

 

Disaster Response

4/19/90            Training tape will be used solely by our Association for training and be released                             only with LACPA supervision.

 

4/19/90            There will be bi-annual workshops for Disaster program and the Red Cross will                                    certify our members to work with the Red Cross in the nation, and there will be                            full Red Cross insurance coverage.

 

10/15/09          That LACPA co-sponsors the Red Cross training on February 20th, 2010.

 

Diversity

5/20/04            Dr. Bortell reported that she is creating a diversity committee and will appoint Dr.                         Miriam Hamideh as chair.  Dr. Bortell asked that Board members contact her if                             interested in joining the committee or referring someone.  Dr. Rodino suggested                            that LACPA establish a presence at upcoming diversity conference (The                                        Multicultural Summit) in January 2005. 

 

02/02/06          (EC) Non-LACPA members will be invited to attend the committee sponsored                          diversity program on March 4, and will be able to attend free of charge.                                      Presenters will be awarded CE units, but only LACPA members and presenters                                     will receive CEUs. 

 

5/17/90            Only members of LACPA will receive answers on ethical questions that are called into the Central Office.

 

4/20/95            The Executive Committee will review Part I of Dr. Berta Davis’s proposal regarding Ethics Committee services to non-LACPA members (Decisions regarding services provided to non-members will be under the jurisdiction of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee.). Part II is tabled (The Ethics Committee will keep a record of the number of times within three months of services provided to non-members and then follow up as to how many of those people choose to join LACPA. For the following three months, the office staff will explain that Ethics Committee consultation is provided only to members and encourage people to become members in order to utilize service. Following this six month process, the results will be discussed at the Executive Committee or Board of Directors and appropriate action taken.).

 

4/20/95            (EC) The Executive Committee thanks the Ethics Committee for its report and                          commends its members for providing an educational service to the public that                            promulgates an understanding of the standards to which our profession aspires                               through an articulation of the Ethics Code and encourages the Committee to                                 continue this service.

 

10/21/99          That the LACPA Board of Directors recommend to the general membership a change in the By-laws that reflects the new name of the Ethics Committee as that of The Ethics Information and Education Committee and that the description of the functions of the Ethics Committee be amended to reflect current responsibilities.

Governmental Affairs

Local Advocacy Network (LAN) 10/15/15

09/18/03          To authorize the Governmental Affairs Committee to take positions for/against pending legislation on behalf of LACPA. Such positions may only be taken when the California Psychological Association Governmental Affairs Committee has endorsed a position on a particular bill and has recommended that local chapters follow suit. Positions may not be taken on behalf of the Committee or the Association based on the individual preferences of the committee chair or members.

 

4/21/05            To give the LACPA president authority to respond to a legislative alert on behalf of LACPA with the proviso that there be 24 hour posted notice during which time any board member may veto or call a question to that process. Lacking any negative response, an affirmation action of support for CPA recommendations may follow.

 

09/20/12          It is hereby moved that: LACPA, while not endorsing political candidates, may make educational efforts to inform the membership of political candidates who are running for political office whom the Board deems to have made contributions to the advancement of mental health concerns or who have been instrumental in advancing the cause of psychology and psychologists. 

 

Such efforts, subject to Board approval, may include, but are not limited to, providing member contact information to the Governmental Affairs Committee in order to disseminate information regarding candidates and how the members might get involved in support of a particular candidate’s campaign, taking care to ensure that LACPA members are able to opt out of receiving such information.

 

That the GAC may engage in such efforts regarding the specific Congressional campaigns of candidates Alan Lowenthal and Judy Chu.

 

10/15/15          That the name of the Governmental Affairs Committee be changed to the Local Advocacy Network in reference to ARTICLE IX, SECTION 2 of the bylaws. 

 

Graduate School Liaison

3/19/09            To establish the Graduate School Liaison Committee to have regular interaction with the deans and leaders of major graduate schools in the Los Angeles area.

 

Healthcare Insurance

6/24/93            LACPA's Managed Care Committee name be changed to the Healthcare Insurance Committee to reflect the wider focus of the committee on health care insurance reform.

 

11/18/93          The Healthcare Insurance Committee be empowered to have a monthly newsletter                  by subscription as a pilot project for 1994.

 

3/17/94            LACPA create a committee with psychiatry, social work, MFCCs and nurses to                         explore the creation of a consortium to address managed care issues.

 

Health Psychology

2/21/91            The Health Psychology Committee regular meeting will be the 4th Thursday of                                    each month. Goals of the committee       are to expand networking among Cancer                               Society, M.S. Society and similar groups. To establish standards for Health                                Psychology psychologists in order to stay within ethical guidelines.

 

10/18/12          To revise the current evolving policy for the Psychoanalytic and Health Psychology “Committees.”  The word “Committee” shall be removed and replaced with “Special Interest Group,” effective January 1, 2013.

 

 

Marketing

9/17/95            LACPA will participate by allocating $10,000 for marketing/public information                                     with CPA marketing/public information position.

 

05/16/96          Accept the proposal of the Los Angeles Regional Marketing Committee that the                                    LACPA Board of Directors endorses the development of a regional marketing                                    campaign modeled after the APA campaign and affirms it will be a regionally                             collaborative effort.

 

Media/Marketing

06/05/97          EC-To request that the Media Committee and the Marketing Committee meet to                                    explore ways to combine their efforts into a single committee and to submit a                                  report outlining a proposal to the Executive Committee.

 

02/15/07          Media Committee will not send out press releases for events of individual                                        members.

 

01/18/10          To change the mane of the Media/Public Affairs Committee to the Media Committee.

 

9/19/13            To disband the Media Committee, and direct any phone calls to the President and Office.

 

Membership

10/20/88          Agreement between LACPA and CPA: LACPA membership drive conducted between August 15 and October 15 and January 15 and February 15. Any discount in CSPA membership would be contingent on local chapter membership. CSPA would provide LACPA with its membership list for the LA area.

 

 9/9/90             Membership Directory is to be distributed on an annual basis in May or June.

 

10/17/91          Define Student Membership as an individual engaged in education in psychology                                 or psychologically allied field at the pre-doctoral level.

 

11/21/91          List of membership candidates to be out with Board meeting agenda.  Membership Committee should consider procedures, obtain list of Board of Psychology accredited and approved schools and take into account the quality of the degree granting institution.

 

6/25/92            All members of LACPA have their names in the same size print in the directory.

 

6/25/92            Specialization and license number will be maintained in the directory for persons                                 with currents license on file in the LACPA office.

 

6/25/92            Membership in the Foundation will be included on the LACPA membership dues                              statement.

 

11/15/92          An Emeritus Members must be retired (i.e., no longer teaching or doing clinical                               work for financial reimbursement).

 

5/20/93            LACPA to publish a membership directory yearly.

 

3/2/95              (EC) Decisions on membership hardship cases will be made on a case-by-case                                  basis. The hardship membership fee will be $50.  Hardship can be claimed for one                    year at a time. This policy will not be advertised and the special fee would be                           available to individuals who make a request and present a reasonable rationale.

 

02/12/98          EC-Special membership rate prorated for remainder of 1998-$35 new full                                           members, $60 renewing (not current) members, $15 student members.

 

10/21/04          Have formal directory every other year and on alternate year find plain printed                               addendum to directory with updates.

 

4/21/05            To create a new category of member, called “Student Affiliate,” that will include                             people who are enrolled in or have graduated from an undergraduate college and                                   who express an interest in the field of psychology, but who are not enrolled in nor                              have graduated from a graduate program in psychology.

 

10/19/06          To define Emeritus Members as (1) at least 70 years old, regardless of work                              status, (2) at least 15 years of LACPA membership in any category with at least                            the last one being a Full Member, and (3) able to list office and/or home                                                 information in the directory.  Anyone currently of Emeritus membership in 2006-                           2007 who does not meet the new criteria will be grandfathered in.

                        To establish a separate category for Disabled as (1) Fully disabled and unable to                                    work, and (2) may list home information only in the directory.

 

05/05/07          (EC) To formalize the decision of the EC to give the Membership Committee                                 $650 for a marketing table at the CPA Convention.

 

2/7/08              (EC) To adopt the 18-month prorated option for membership on an annual basis.

 

2/21/08            To approve raising the membership dues for Associate and Affiliate members to                                $120 and keep the other dues at the current level for the 2008/2009 fiscal year.

 

06/21/12          That the Membership Form include the following:

Personal-Professional Web Address: CA licensed psychotherapists only, license number must appear

3/20/14      To simplify and clarify the LACPA membership categories.  Upon approval of this motion by the Board and approval of a by-laws change by the general membership, and as of July 1, 2014, membership categories will be as follows:

Full Member                           (No change in definition).

Early Career                           (Individuals who have completed their doctorate within the past seven years and are either licensed or working toward licensure. Early Career membership term will be four years maximum).

Affiliate                                   (comprised of the current categories of Associate and Affiliate -Individuals with a Master's degree in Psychology or a related field who are not pursuing a doctorate OR other professionals wishing to support LACPA activities).

Emeritus                                  (No change in definition).

Disabled                                  (No change in definition).

Out of County/State Member (No change in definition).

Student Member                     (No change in definition).

 

3/20/14            To increase and align membership dues with current budgetary requirements.  Upon approval, dues for Fiscal Year 2014/2015 will be as follows:

Full Member                           $215/year

Early Career                            $132/year       

Affiliate                                  $132/year

Emeritus                                 $  72/year

Disabled                                  $  65/year

            Out of County/State                $116/year

Student                                    $  44/year

Each year, as part of the budget process, dues shall be assessed and adjusted as needed.

 

2/18/16            To defer and revise the February 2014 motion which established a policy for future membership dues budgetary alignment every two years, commencing with the 2016/2017 fiscal year. Dues in each membership category shall increase by 5%, with the exception of student dues, which shall be re-evaluated independent of this standardized increase. Defer such increase until the 2017/2018 fiscal year.

 

11/17/16    This motion will define the policy for annual membership dues analysis and potential increases. Annually/each November the Membership Committee Chair will collaborate with the Treasurer to informally assess the status of dues rates for all membership categories. At each February BoD meeting, the Membership Chair will provide the results of a membership survey, which will gather information on the value of LACPA membership to its members. Additionally, at each February BoD meeting, the Treasurer will report on LACPA’s financial status. A full in-depth review will take place every five years. Dues rates will be based on the following: competitiveness in the marketplace for similar organizations, needs of the organization, and feedback of membership. Before increasing dues, the BoD/Membership Committee would consider such things as: 1) savings, if any, needed to cover a shortfall of profit vs. loss for the prior year, 2) and/or significant changes in offerings to members would justify such an increase. If these factors, when taken into consideration, are determined to justify a dues increase, it shall be implemented in the next membership year, beginning in September. This does not preclude an increase in dues before the five-year in-depth review, if warranted, based on above criteria.

 

Networking

2/17/11            To create the Networking Committee with the mission to provide professional and social networking opportunities for LACPA members. This includes fulfilling the function of the former Professional Development Networking (PDN) Committee, supervising the LACPA Clubs, and providing any additional networking events for members, separate from those offered by the Membership Committee.

2/17/11     To approve the appointment of Dr. Amy Rosett as Chair of the Networking Committee.

 

3/17/11            To revise the Guest Policy by allowing LACPA members to bring a significant other to social events and club meetings sponsored by the Networking Committee. 

 

Newsletter-Los Angeles Psychologist

1/18/90            Limit individual clinical ads to 1/4 page in newsletter. Such ads must clearly state                             they are advertisements.

 

5/17/90            It is not appropriate to have advocacy of any private group in the newsletter.

 

9/9/90                          Deadline for submitting articles and ads is the first day of the month preceding publication.  Rates: $1/word with a $25 minimum; Display Ads: Full Page $400, 1/2 page $250, 1/4 page $130. Advertisers receive a 15% discount on display ads when they advertise for one year and total payment must be received in advance. Disclaimer will be published which states ads or articles do not imply endorsement.

 

11/15/90          LACPA Political Action Committee (PAC) can be advertised every month in our                                    newsletter with no cost.

 

2/21/91            Include an affiliate association page on a trial basis. Each association may have 1/2 column free. If more space required, the association will pay the difference.

 

6/25/92            Request that the Editorial Board of the newsletter clarify their policies and                                            procedures concerning outside experts and make every attempt to rotate the                                    personnel who write the columns.

 

3/18/93            A 300 word statement from the candidates for APA Presidency be solicited by the                        LACPA News editor.

 

3/18/93            Proposed Managed Care Forum in the Newsletter.

 

Nominations, Elections and Awards

08/07/97          EC-To adopt the recommendation of the Nominations and Elections Committee                          that only licensed psychologists be nominated to the Board for the 1997-98 year.

 

10/21/04          To send out future ballots by October 1 and require return by November 1.

 

9/17/09            To have the LACPA BOP Representative and Alternate BOP Representative positions be one-year in length and LACPA Board positions. Candidacy for the positions shall be determined similarly to other LACPA officer positions (i.e. President-Elect, Secretary-Elect, Treasurer-Elect, and CPA Representative and Alternate CPA Representative). Each year candidates for the offices shall be asked by the Nominations and Elections Committee about interest in serving and subsequently be placed on the Nominations and Elections ballot that is distributed to all LACPA members. 

 

5/15/14            To change the name and duties of the Nominations and Elections Committee and henceforth be known as Nominations, Elections and Awards Committee with the intent for inclusion of LACPA awards being under the domain of N&E (currently under the domain of the Executive Committee).

 

5/15/14            To change the following LACPA By-Laws sections (details attached below):        

Article V,        Section 4        

Article VII,      Section 1        

Article VII,      Adding Sections 5 through 10           

Article IX,       Sections 1 and 2         

Article XIV,    Removal        

 ARTICLE V: OFFICERS

 

Section 4: The Immediate Past-President shall serve as Chair of the Nominations, and Elections and Awards Committee and shall have such additional duties as may be designated by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VII: NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS AND AWARDS PROCEDURES

Section 1: In February of each year, the Immediate Past-President, as Chairperson of the Nominations, and Elections and Awards Committee, shall establish a committee, including the Immediate Past-President and at least 1 (one) other Board member, approved by the Board of Directors to serve on the Committee.

No changes to Sections, 2, 3 & 4.

In March of each year the Committee will seek nominations for the following awards:

Section 5: Distinguished Service to the Profession of Psychology Award: (not limited to a LACPA member). The Distinguished Contribution to Psychology as a Profession award honors a Psychologist who has made exemplary contributions to the profession of psychology. Considerations for this award would be given for pioneering efforts, sustained and exemplary service, or leadership in the field in other important ways.

Section 6: Distinguished Service to LACPA by a LACPA Member Award:

Must be a current full or emeritus LACPA member who has demonstrated commitment to the LACPA organization by dedicated efforts to further the mission and goals of the organization, as devoted time and energy to LACPA

projects and/or events, and has created new, innovative programs for LACPA.

Section 7: Distinguished Service to LACPA by a Graduate Student Award:

Is a student member of LACPA, has given time and energy to LACPA for projects and/or events, has worked extensively as a liaison between LACPA and local educational institutions or community organizations.

Section 8: Distinguished Legislator Award: Is a present or former member of our state legislature or U.S. Congress; has educated the public regarding the importance of addressing and solving issues related to the welfare and mental health of our citizens; has been a proponent of making available psychologically-based treatment; has worked to advance the role of ychologists either at the community, state or national levels; is a “true friend of psychology.”

Section 9: Distinguished Service to the Community Award:

Has given of his/her time and energy on projects or activities for the benefit of the public, preferably including but not limited to, our local Los Angeles community.

Section 10: The Nominations, and Elections and Awards Committee will submit the nominations to the Board of Directors to vote via electronic methods (i.e., Survey Gizmo or similar technology).

ARTICLE IX: COMMITTEES

Section 1: Standing Committees: Chairpersons of Standing Committees, with the exception of the Nominations, and Elections and Awards Committee and the Student Leadership Committee, shall be appointed annually by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors.

Section 2: Standing committees of LACPA shall be: (a) Ethics Information and Education Committee, (b) Governmental Affairs Committee; (c) Membership Committee, (d) Publications Committee, (e) Nominations, and Elections and Awards Committee, (f) Continuing Education Committee, and (g) Student Leadership Committee. There shall be special Committees as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors or the President.

XIV: HONORS AND AWARDS

Section 1: Fellow Status: A LACPA member who is deemed to have demonstrated outstanding merit may be given the honorary title of "Fellow" by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board of Directors at a regularly constituted meeting of the Board.

Section 2: Distinguished Service Award: The LACPA Executive Committee may select annually a participant in LACPA or other person deemed deserving of special recognition because of his/her special service to LACPA to receive the Distinguished Service Award.

Section 3: Outstanding Contribution to the Association by a Student Member: The LACPA Executive Committee may select annually a student member deemed deserving of special recognition because of his/her service to LACPA to receive this award.

Section 4: Distinguished Legislative Award: The LACPA Executive Committee may select annually a member of the state legislature representing a district in Los Angeles County who is deemed deserving of special recognition for his/her legislative work on behalf of professional psychology and/or the mental health needs of the people of Los Angeles County.

 

11/20/14          To rename the Distinguished Service to the Community Award as the Distinguished Service to Community, Diversity, or Social Justice.  This recognizes the seminal importance of Diversity within our field and to the well-being of society.

Criteria: Has given of his/her time and energy on projects or activities for the benefit of the public. Has demonstrated competence in issues related to diversity, multiculturalism and/or social justice, as manifested by professional activities, conduct, research, writing, etc.

 

Overview

4/19/90            Overview Committee established.

 

10/18/90          The Mission of the Overview Committee: On 4/19/90 the following motion was                                     unanimously passed by the LACPA Board of Directors: "The mission of the                              Overview Committee is to insure the bylaws are observed in the day-to-day                               functioning of LACPA and to implement a system of checks and balances to carry                      out the intent of the bylaws."

                        Relevant parts of Article II: purposes of the LACPA bylaws:

                        Section 1:  The purposes of this Association shall be to advance the science and                                 profession of psychology in Los Angeles County and encourage participation of                         psychologists as well in the application of psychological knowledge for the                               betterment of the community.

Section 4: The foregoing purposes and objectives shall be pursued solely for the benefit of the public and the Association and shall be carried out without pecuniary gain, benefit or profit to any of its members, officers or directors.

                        Current Motion (10/18/90)

                        In discharging its mission, the Overview Committee's goal will be to see that                                LACPA activities are carried out in a manner consistent with the best interest of                          the public as a whole and the LACPA membership. In part, this means giving all                                     members fair and equal access to the benefits offered by LACPA. Organizational                            and office issues will be brought before the Board for discussion and approval of                         any proposed actions. With regards to issues of concern about any possible Bylaw                                    violations, as spelled out in Article II, Section 4, the Committee will undertake a                                    discrete and confidential inquiry and make appropriate recommendations. The                                   Committee will act in an advisory capacity rather than as a judicial body.

 

Practice Development Network

3/18/04            To give the Practice Development Network status as a Special Committee.

 

Private Practice Advocacy

10/23/08          To disband the current Private Practice Advocacy Committee.

 

 

Program

2/21/85            Programs to be open to psychotherapeutic community and some programs to be                           open to the public at the Program Committee's discretion.

 

3/15/90            Anything under $200 for a program can be used at the discretion of the Program                               Committee. Anything over $200 would need Executive Committee approval.

 

10/17/92          The Health Psychology Committee will be asked to submit a set of program                                  policy guidelines which will be considered as unique to the take of this                                              committee in establishing a liaison with the medical community through                                                programming.

 

10/17/92          Larger programs, for example all day or part day workshops and training seminars, which are co-sponsored with other groups, associations or organizations and requiring additional office time or overhead expenses, will be established so that profits are divided after expenses are paid back to the different groups based on an accounting of time, materials, etc.

 

10/17/92          The Program Committee will work toward the establishment of co-    sponsorship arrangements with hospitals and other educational and service institutions in the Los Angeles area. It will explore the CPA criteria, if any, in offering CE credits for these programs and in turn will extend an offer to the hospitals and institutions to collaborate with LACPA through co-sponsored programs, Newsletter subscription and affiliated memberships. The Newsletter staff and Membership Committee may propose criteria for setting these fees for Board consideration. The Program Committee may actively seek out new co-sponsorship affiliations and new program sites.

 

10/17/92          The Program Committee budget for the new year will be increased as feasible to                                   allow for regular mailings advertising programs to be coordinated with Newsletter                   mailing to maximize attendance at programs.

 

10/17/92          In order to facilitate the development of continuing education programs                                        representative of the needs of the LACPA membership and potential membership,                    the Program Committee will be composed of a representative from each of the                               LACPA committees and the representative/liaison representatives to the LACPA                                    Board. Representatives from the graduate schools and liaison persons from                                                association boards interested in co-sponsoring programs with LACPA, e.g.                                LASCP, Division 39, Women in Psychology, and other relevant groups will be                                     invited to participate as members of the Program Committee.

 

2/20/93            The Program Committee will distribute corrected Policy Manual to LACPA                              Committee Chairs for review.  (Policy Review Manual appended.)

 

4/21/94            1)  LACPA will not offer honoraria to presenters during this first year of                                               mandatory continuing education. This policy will be re-assessed at the end of                                1995.  2)  When a committee or program coordinator determines that in order to                                    ensure the quality of a program and/or comply with specific program criteria                                    mandated in the CE legislation, that committee or coordinator may offer a fee                                    for service. Every attempt will be made to keep that fee within the $1,000                                             budgetary allotment for each program, in which case only the Program Committee               need be consulted prior to implementing this decision. If the presenter requires a                                 fee which exceeds the budgeted allotment per program, the Board of Directors or                                     Executive Committee must vote to approve this decision.

 

4/21/94            It is proposed that the 1994-95 (September 1, 1994 - August 31, 1995) fees for                               LACPA membership be as follows:

                        Category                     1994-95                       Gold                Gold

                        Full                              $170                            $300                $330

                        1st Time Full              $100                            $230                $260

                        Associate                    $100                            $230                $260

                        Affiliate                      $100                            $230                $260

                        Student                        $40                               x                      x

                        Emeritus                     $40                             $170                $200

                        Out-of-County             $55                             $185                $215

                        Out-of-State                $55                              x                       x

 

                        A "Gold Membership" will be offered that will include membership plus two six-                               hour CE programs at $65/each ($300) up to October 31, 1994. $10 will be added                         if the "Gold Membership" is paid in two installments.

 

                        Between November 1 and December 31, 1994, the "Gold Membership" will be                          $170 plus two six-hour programs at $80/each ($330). $10 will be added if the                              membership is paid in two installments.

 

                        Fees for participants of all-day programs, if taken outside the "package," will be                                     $95 for LACPA members and $150 for non-members.

 

                        The vouchers for two CE units from the 93-94 membership drive will be used for                             smaller (less than full-day) LACPA and co-sponsored programs. Fees for these                                  programs will be determined on a program-by-program basis.

 

1/30/94            Affirm the 10 policy points of the Membership/Program Committee Proposal and request the changes as discussed in the meeting. Committees will need a 200 word abstract by March 15, 1994. Exceptions to the ten points are #4, #6, #7. These will be discussed at the next Board meeting.  (10 Point Policy Proposal attached.)

 

2/17/94            In order to be a presenter at a LACPA program, an individual does not have to be                                    a LACPA member or a psychologist but must comply with the BOP criteria for                                    mandated CE regulations in regard to presenters.

 

2/17/94            The budget allocated for each program will be $1000, if there are monies available within the budget, and can be used at the discretion of the committee to cover the costs of mailing, room and equipment. Any unusual costs will be brought before the Board for evaluation and endorsement.

 

1/22/95            The Continuing Education Committee has the authority to set fees for programs.

 

2/16/95            Authorize the Continuing Education/Program Committee to continue                                          implementing, at its discretion, the LACPA Policy that the Program/Continuing                                     Education Committee could create co-sponsored programs with other groups,                           agencies, institutions within the LA area, provided that; 1. the cost per program                                    did not exceed the budgeted amount, and 2. that these costs were equally shared                                     with co-sponsoring groups. If a programs cost exceeds the Board approved and                                budgeted amount, the Committee will seek the EC and/or Board approval before                                 proceeding with plans for the program.

 

4/6/95              EC-At the discretion of the chair of a CE event, two positions may be comped

 

9/17/95            This (CE) Steering Committee will function autonomously within budget                                      restrictions. Budget restrictions will be considered in the establishment of                                               programs and by the Executive Administrator in hiring additional staff as needed                               on a contract basis.

 

05/01/97     EC-Accept and incorporate document about the promotion and sales of reference                                materials at CE programs: For each LACPA-sponsored CE program, written                                   materials (e.g., handouts developed by presenters) are distributed to participants                               on-site at the time of sign-in. LACPA encourages and expects presenters to                              provide a reference list of books, journal articles, tapes, organizations, etc., that                                   participants can utilize to further enhance their knowledge and skills. This may

                        include information, e.g., addresses and phone numbers, that will assist                                     participants in ordering materials or contacting organizations on the reference list.                       However, order forms for individual publications should not be included.

                        In some cases, presenters may wish to bring order forms for their own                                       publications and/or other materials directly to the CE program. These order forms                                  should be left at the registration table. LACPA is unable to provide any logistical                         or administrative support for on-site direct sales of materials.

 

04/23/98          Board-LACPA offer a 20% discount to all PRN members for MCEP course for                          the 1999 Program Series offered by LACPA.

 

05/07/98          (EC) To recommend that in 1998, the Beatrice Beebe program and that in 1999, selected programs be marketed to non psychologists, i.e., LCSWs, MFCCs, and M.D.s.

 

04/19/01          That LACPA accept the guidelines for CE programs as written:

Guidelines for Continuing Education Programs

 

The Continuing Education/Program Committee is a Standing Committee of LACPA that plans diverse, relevant, quality programs throughout the year, excluding the convention.  There are two different procedures for planning programs, depending on the size, format, and purpose of the programs.

A.        Programs in the Annual Program Series

For the programs that are part of the year calendar, aimed at reaching more than thirty people, and are scheduled to be held in facilities in the community, the following applies:

1)         Some programs will be generated by the continuing education committee and will consider LACPA members' requests, quality of the speakers, budget, and the creation of  a balance of programs on a variety of topics.

2)         Other programs may be conceptualized by committees and presented to the Continuing Education Committee for review.  Committee-generated programs proposals must in written form and may be submitted to the Continuing Education Committee before June 1 for the following year’s series.  While suggestions are welcomed, all arrangements for dates, venues, and honoraria will be made by the Continuing Education Committee in consultation with the Executive Committee and the Board. All arrangements must be completed by August 1 so that the program application may be sent to Sacramento for MCEP approval.

The full year's program will be printed and mailed by mid-fall.

B.        Supplemental Smaller Programs

Smaller programs, either with or without continuing education credit, will now be possible and may be held in the new LACPA office in the conference room that will accommodate up to 30 people.  The Chair of the Continuing Education Committee will work closely with any committee regarding financial arrangements and obligations including fees charged to attend and expenditures made in its presentation, e.g., refreshments, honoraria, etc. Ideally, financial arrangements for smaller programs should be considered when the committee submits its annual budget request. However, if a committee conceives a program after the annual budget is enacted, it can create a program proposal, which includes a budget, for submission to the LACPA Executive Committee for consideration and recommendation to the Continuing Education Committee.  Programs planned by committees should, at minimum, be designed to break even. Any excess of income over expenses do not accrue to the individual committee. Neither do minor losses impact the individual committee’s annual budget allotment.

Non-MCEP Programs

1)         Any committee may plan a program to hold in the LACPA office space. The committee must clear it with the Continuing Education Committee and the LACPA staff to ensure no scheduling conflicts with other programs or meetings.

2)         Small programs will not have to conform to the longer planning schedule outlined in A.

MCEP Programs

1)         Any program that involves the granting of MCEP credit must be planned in conjunction with the Continuing Education Committee and the staff.

2)         A minimum of three months advance planning is necessary.

 

C.        Co-Sponsored Events

 

With regard to LACPA co-sponsoring events with other organization, the following is necessary:

 

1)         Before the event is organized, a contract between the co-sponsoring organization(s) must be written, addressing how responsibilities are divided for the following:

a)         program content, participants, payment of honorariums and travel expenses

b)         venue, catering arrangements, audiovisual equipment, payment

c)         MCEP application if applicable

d)         registration and monitoring MCEP compliance at the event

e)         marketing

f)         procedure for dividing profits or losses from the program.

 

The above policy applies to fully co-sponsored events.  LACPA does consider alternative ways of “partnering” and associating with other organizations’ programs. LACPA can support programs done by other organizations in a number of ways, either by providing advertising space in the newsletter or the program brochure, or other creative possibilities.

 

02/02/06          (EC) The EC supports in concept partnering with Dr. Bachrach at Prof Psych                                   Seminars to provide an online continuing education course, and agrees to take this              issue to the Board for their approval.  Dr. Bortell will explore the possibility of                                     obtaining higher percentages of revenue if LACPA provides their own presenter. 

 

03/16/06          LACPA Committee-Sponsored Continuing Education Programs

The underlying principles for a committee-sponsored program for which continuing education credits would be offered are as follows:

1.     The program will be conceptualized as a LACPA member benefit.

2.     The program will be designed to interest a specialized group and focused on the committee’s mission statement.

3.     The program venue and refreshments will be of no or limited expense, and the cost will be borne by the sponsoring committee from their expendable budget.

4.     If the program is of broader interest or is expected to draw an audience that requires expenditure beyond the committee’s resources, it will be submitted to the Continuing Education Committee for consideration for its regular program series, transferring the primary responsibility for the program to the Continuing Education Committee which will continue to consult and cooperate with the sponsoring committee.

Guidelines for Committee-Sponsored Programs are as follows:

1.              LACPA committees wishing to sponsor a program for continuing education credit (sponsoring committee) must submit a completed standard course application for review by the Continuing Education Chair.

2.              The Continuing Education Chair will judge the proposal by the standards of the APA Continuing Education Sponsor Approval System.

3.              If the proposal is approved, the sponsoring committee will undertake the following obligations:

a.     The sponsoring committee will provide on-site management of the program.

b.     The sponsoring committee will offer the program to LACPA members only at no charge.  Since it is understood that every activity of LACPA is underwritten by member dues; non-LACPA members may attend the program at no charge, offering them the opportunity to evaluate their interest in joining LACPA, but they may not receive continuing education credit.

c.     LACPA membership applications will be available at these events.

 

3/19/09            To allow no electronic recording of CE events without prior approval of LAPCA. In the case of such a request, an ad hoc committee will be charged with determining considerations and devising an appropriate contract.

 

6/18/09            To decline the offer from CPA to co-sponsor an APAIT workshop in Los Angeles in January 2010.               

 

Non-Dues Revenue Committee

6/19/03            Non-Dues Revenue committee created.

 

Psychoanalysis

4/15/04            To approve the creation of a Psychoanalysis Committee as a Special Committee                             chaired by Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald.

 

10/18/12          To revise the current evolving policy for the Psychoanalytic and Health Psychology “Committees.”  The word “Committee” shall be removed and replaced with “Special Interest Group,” effective January 1, 2013.

 

 

Public Affairs Committee

02/18/99          To create for LACPA the Committee of Public Affairs to oversee and integrate the multiple functions of marketing, media, and public relations.

 

Public Information Editorial Panel

1/22/95            The Board accepts the job description and suggested members of the Public                                    Information Panel: 

Purpose-The Public Information Editorial Panel will comprise three or four active members of LACPA, appointed by the president and approved by the Board of Directors. The Panel’s duty will be to serve the Association by approving the content of any             announcement, public information release or program, developed by an individual or committee of the Association and purporting to represent the Association. The Panel will also serve in an advisory capacity to the President or other person who, by virtue of her or his office, serves as the official spokesperson of the Association.

                        Rationale-From time to time there is a need for us as a professional Association to                 respond quickly to opportunities through which we might clarify the value and                                   scope of psychology to the public. It is the intent of this proposal that the panel be                                small enough to act quickly and to include professionals who carry the confidence                     of their colleagues in their taste and judgment. The panel is not to originate states                                     but to serve as a judge as to the appropriateness and representativeness of                                      statements or programs, developed by others, which depict the profession of                         psychology.

                        An implication of such a panel is that when a person or committee wishes to                           develop a program, for example a media presentation, the panel would be arbiter                                  of the content while the Board would act on the fiscal requirements of the                                                 proposed project.

                        The Board shall reserve the right to overturn any decision of the panel. However,                                    such an action would automatically dissolve the panel and a new one would need                                     to be selected by the president and approved by the Board.

                        For the first Public Information Editorial Panel I nominate: Roger Dafter, Ph.D.;                                  Berta Davis, Ph.D.; and Sondra Goldstein, Ph.D., Chairperson.

 

Referral Service (RISE/PRN/PRN-LA)

9/9/90              LACPA does not hold itself out as a crisis referral service. Make disclaimers as to                                   crisis abilities.

 

10/18/90          LACPA makes a commitment to fund (Yellow Pages) ads county-wide.

 

10/18/90          LACPA will implement a new referral system by June 1991.

 

11/15/90          Responses to referral service should be on a rotation basis with three names given.

 

4/18/91            Individual members of RISE will have the option to be on call at their discretion.

 

4/18/91            All members of RISE shall carry malpractice insurance at or                                                         exceeding the $1,000,000/$3,000,000 level.

 

4/18/91            The chairs of RISE and clinical committees (present and future) shall act as a                            steering committee for RISE.

 

6/16/91            All LACPA members who want clinical referrals (Forensic, Hospital Practice,                          Health Psychology, or individuals) should join the Referral Information Service                             Exchange. Members of RISE will be given first priority in receiving referrals. In                         exceptional cases, where no RISE participants are appropriate, a referral can be                                    made to any qualified LACPA member.

 

11/15/92          Dues for RISE will be $120 beginning January 1, 1993.

 

11/15/92          Members of RISE must be Full members of LACPA.

 

 

Technology

Listserv and Online Directory  (Find a Therapist)

02/16/02          That it be the policy of LACPA that any member with a pre-licensure status of any kind not be allowed to use LACPA resources for the purposes of posting their websites, particularly the print directory or Online Directory.

AMENDMENT: That this policy excludes the LACPA listserv.

 

06/19/03          To authorize the Website/Technology Committee to work with the APA Information Technology Department to create a LACPA membership listserv according to the parameters recommended by the committee.

 

2/5/04                          EC:  To allow postings on the listserv of notices of educational events by   LACPA members who may belong to other groups that are putting on events. All postings will be sent by the list manager to the CE Committee to check for possible conflicts of date or topic with LACPA CE programs. No more than 2 such postings will be allowed on the listserve per month.

 

 

6/16/11            To develop and implement a LACPA Facebook page consistent with the report of the Facebook Working Group.

 

 

02/16/12          In exchanges on the listserv and when referring to others, avoid personal attacks and characterizations that question a person’s motives or qualifications. Debate about ideas, disagreement and criticism should be made on an objective, professional basis that is factually verifiable and should not include personal commentary about character or competence.

 

6/19/14            To approve: all members who are licensed mental health providers will have the same fee structure for inclusion in the LACPA Online Directory and may list their full Practice Information.

 

9/18/14            To clarify LACPA online Directory rules including license numbers on members' professional website. It is the ethical responsibility of each member to ensure they are displaying board license numbers prominently as required by their respective board's advertising regulations. Any other professionals included on the website are also the responsibility of the member.  Due to upgrades and changes on members' websites, LACPA and its staff do not take responsibility for members' website content.

 

10/23/14          To refine the LACPA Listserv Guidelines to be consistent with APA and CPA Listserv Guidelines. Effective this date, the LACPA Listserv will accept use of the word "referral", as a customary term in seeking mental health professionals.  The use of the word "referral" and “Recommenation” does not change the disclaimer nor the intent and purpose of the LACPA Listserv.

"*Disclaimer * This Listserv is meant as an informal way for LACPA members to share information. Any opinion or advice offered here is solely the opinion of the individual who makes the statement, and should not be interpreted as being endorsed by LACPA. If you have questions of an ethical nature, please contact the Ethics Committee via the LACPA office at (818) 905-0410. If you have legal questions, please contact an attorney or your malpractice carrier".

 

LACPA’S GUIDELINES FOR LISTSERV SUBSCRIBERS

 

1APA Guidelines: Each member must follow all of the APA guidelines for subscribers. One of the primary principles of the APA guidelines for any listserv is that the listserv be used for exchange of information and ideas among members of groups and not for the financial gain of any one member of the group or outside organizations. Postings that appear to have as their primary purpose promotion of individual financial gain or the financial gain of unaffiliated organizations will be rejected.

2Events/CE: Only events hosted by APA affiliated organizations (e.g., APA, CPA, LACPA, SGVPA, etc.) may be posted on the listserv.

3Messages for Non-members: Only job postings or messages looking for a therapist on behalf of non-members are permissible.  No other messages for non-members may be posted.

4Assistance for Students: Student members may post about the following: looking for assistance on their dissertation, looking for supervision hours, or looking for a predoctoral or postdoctoral opportunity. Postings seeking a psychological assistant position, advertising jobs, etc., may only be posted once every three months.

5Confidentiality: Postings involving someone seeking psychological or other services or about someone who has received or is currently receiving psychological or other services should respect confidentiality and have minimal identifying information about the person.

6Services: LACPA rules do not permit the words “referral” or “recommendation” or similar words to be included in the posting as it implies that the responding member and/or LACPA endorses the service provider, which might create legal liability for the responding member and/or LACPA.

 

7Lease or Sublease: Members may post listings in search of a sublet/office space but may not post an advertisement to sublet or rent office space.

8Commercial/Financial Purposes: The listserv may not be used for “commercial” purposes. In other words, the main purpose of the posting cannot be financial gain to the organization or individual who is posting the message. The following are examples of messages that would be for “commercial” purposes: continuing education or other events of unaffiliated organizations, rental space, advertisements for products or services, and direct solicitation of members to purchase products or services. Signature blocks which contain up to twenty-five words of identifying information of the poster with a simple professional signature are acceptable; no description of practice, interests, hobbies or vita will be accepted. For further explanation of this rule please consult APA’s guidelines for use of a listserv.

9Antitrust Policy: Messages that could possibly be seen or construed as violations of federal or state antitrust laws or any other laws or regulations will not be posted. LACPA’s Antitrust policy is posted on the website, www.lapsych.org.

10Copyrighted or Other Published Material: A link to a publication, such as an article, book, webpage or other published work, may be posted. However, the complete article or substantial excerpts from the material may not be posted to the listserv.

11Professional Conduct: The expectation is psychologists engage in respectful discourse. In exchanges on the listserv and when referring to others, avoid personal attacks and characterizations that question a person’s motives or qualifications. Debate about ideas, disagreement and criticism should be made on an objective, professional basis that is factually verifiable and should not include personal commentary about character or competence.

 

12Governmental Affairs: The term “Action Alert” when used in ListServ postings is reserved for official advocacy communications originating with either the California Psychological Association (CPA) or the American Psychological Association (APA).  Any posting using such term or suggesting organizationally sanctioned advocacy from other than the LACPA Governmental Affairs Committee, APA or CPA will not be posted.  Members with questions regarding this policy may be referred to the Governmental Affairs Committee Chair.

13These rules may be reviewed and changed at any time. Each posting will be reviewed and may be accepted or denied at the discretion of the listserv moderators.

 

3/19/15            to amend the LACPA listserv guidelines as follows

 

Item #1 of the guidelines is amended to reinforce the professional purpose of the listserv.

 

Item #7 of the guidelines is amended to remove the restriction on signature blocks.

 

Item #12 of the guidelines is amended to provide clarity for LACPA moderators and listserv subscribers regarding guideline changes including denied postings and appeals process.

 

Revised and approved by the BOD 3/19/15

LACPA’S GUIDELINES FOR LISTSERV SUBSCRIBERS

 

1) APA Guidelines: Each member must follow all of the APA Guidelines for subscribers. One of the primary principles of the APA Guidelines for any listserv is that the listserv be used for exchange of Professional information and ideas among members of groups and not for the financial gain of any one member of the group or outside organizations. Postings that appear to have as their primary purpose promotion of individual financial gain or the financial gain of unaffiliated organizations will be rejected. The listserv is intended for the discussion of professional and clinical matters and posts that do not relate to the profession of psychology are not permitted.

 

2) Events/CE: Only events hosted by APA affiliated organizations (e.g., APA, CPA, LACPA, SGVPA, etc.) may be posted on the listserv.

 

3) Messages for Non-members: Only job postings or messages looking for a therapist for non-members are permissible. No other messages for non-members may be posted.

 

4) Assistance for Students: Student members may post about the following: looking for assistance on their dissertation, looking for supervision hours, or looking for a pre-doctoral or postdoctoral opportunity. Postings seeking a psychological assistant position, advertising jobs, etc., may only be posted once every three months.

 

5) Confidentiality: Postings involving someone seeking psychological or other services or about someone who has received or is currently receiving psychological or other services should respect confidentiality and have minimal identifying information about the person.

 

6) Lease or Sublease: Members may post listings in search of a sublet/office space but may not post an advertisement to sublet or rent office space.

 

              7) Commercial/Financial Purposes: The listserv may not be used for "commercial” purposes. In other     words, the main purpose of the posting cannot be financial gain to the organization or individual who is               posting the message. The following are examples of messages that would be for "commercial” purposes:               continuing education or other events of unaffiliated organizations, rental space, advertisements

 

Town Hall

1/13/08            In order to better serve the larger psychological and general communities of Los                           Angeles County, it is moved that a Town Hall Committee be established to                                   provide broad community-based programs on selected psychological topics of                                   interest to the broader community.

 

Victim Treatment Panel

5/20/93            Criteria for Victim Treatment Panel (VTP) is to be a LACPA member, a RISE member, and to have completed an all-day , basic LACPA training program. Renewal annually of Panel membership would be achieved by acquiring four hours of Continuing Education credits directly relative to assessment and treatment of victims of  violent crime. Credits for Continuing Education may be acquired through programs sponsored by the Committee directly, by LACPA, or by some other agency, training program or professional organization. Programs not sponsored by APA, CPA, or LACPA, or the Committee must also be recognized by a Membership Subcommittee (composed of three Committee members, appointed by the Executive Committee of LACPA, and at least one of whom is a co-chair of the VTC) as directly relating to the assessment and treatment of victims of violent crime. Members will provide a certificate of completion or a syllabus for the training to be certified. The VTP will follow the CPA-defined Continuing Education calendar year.

 

5/20/93            Persons who took the training in previous years shall be grandfathered in for their                                initial year.

 

Psychology Regional Network

02/02/97          To accept when legal issues are reviewed by an attorney so that LACPA does not                                 incur any undue financial or other responsibility, and results are reviewed by the                         Executive Committee of LACPA      

                        1.  Fiscal agent of Regional Campaign. LACPA serve as the fiscal agent for the                                    Los Angeles/Orange County Regional Public Education and Information                                      Campaign. It is understood that LACPA, acting as the agent for the Regional                            Committee, will maintain Regional Campaign funds in a separate account. That                          LACPA will receive, disburse and account for funds arising from fees, dues, and                                     donations, and will secure agreements, and pay for advertising approved by the                           Regional Committee from this account. a) The Regional Committee will use and                                  reimburse LACPA for space and other organizational resources. b) The Regional                                  Committee will fund additional part-time staff to help respond to requests for                                    information and referrals, and to maintain and utilize the database as part of the                           Campaign and Referral Network. c) A monthly accounting of Regional Campaign               financial activities will be distributed to the participating chapters through their           

                        2. Transition of RISE.  Whereas LACPA has endorsed the Regional Public                                  Education and Information Campaign, and Whereas LACPA has agreed to serve                                   as fiscal agent for the Regional Campaign, Therefore be it resolved that the Board                                   of Directors of LACPA affirm that the RISE Committee join with the Regional                                Committee’s efforts to establish a Regional Information and Referral Network,                               open to licensed psychologists who are members in good standing of one of the                          five Regional Chapters. Funds collected for the 1997 year from current RISE                               members who elect to participate in the Regional Referral Network will be                                  transferred to the Regional Campaign account.

3.  Line of Credit.  Whereas the APA Campaign Assistance Program will only provide matching funds to purchase advertising, and Whereas APA will match funds up to $50,000 for a total Regional advertising expenditure of $100,000 for 1997, and Whereas APA will approve grants only when the funds the be matched are in hand, and Whereas the Regional Campaign has constructed an operating budget, which includes $50,000 to purchase advertising, and which is to be raised through participation fees of $325 per psychologist, Therefore be it resolved that the Board of Directors of LACPA approve extending a line of credit to the Regional Committee, in the amount of $50,000, so that the Regional Committee may submit the Campaign Assistance grant proposal as soon as possible, and prior to the collection of participation fees, which will ultimately fund the Regional investment of $50,000.

 

01/25/98          LACPA adopt the referral portion of PRN and incorporate the referral service into                       the financial and management structure of LACPA.

 

09/16/99          Move that LACPA establish its own referral and information service for the year 2000. The transitional name will be PRN-LA. This will be an optional referral service for a fee of $125. The dues received will pay for a position to handle and process the referral calls and maintain the database. This optional membership benefit will be advertised in the newsletter, and application forms will be inserted.

 

11/20/03          To authorize the Executive Committee to prepare a letter to PRN members notifying them that PRN will not be operating for the foreseeable future, and that as they paid 2003 dues in good faith, an amount equal to half of their 2003 PRN dues may be:

1.     credited toward next year’s membership dues;

2.     credited toward CE programs, or the 2004 convention;

3.     donated to the LACPA Foundation;

4.     returned to them. 

 

 

11/20/03          To reinstitute PRN when LACPA membership represents 25% or more of the eligible psychologists in LA County.

 

Special Interest Groups

02/16/06          To prepare a list of potential special interest groups (SIGS) to be posted both on the Listserv and L.A. Psychologist requesting input on interest from members.

 

11/02/06          (EC) 1) SIGs are open to LACPA members only.  SIG members are encouraged to                forward the names of interested colleagues who are not members to the                                              Membership Committee.

                        2) The primary purpose is educational by discussing the particular topic

                        3) A secondary purpose is to encourage networking with other LACPA members                                  who share the same professional interest. 

                        4) Group members may share reading about the topic and anecdotal clinical                                material for awareness of issues while maintaining confidentiality of any patients                              discussed.

                        5) The SIG meeting is not to be a consultation or supervision group.  Licensed                          professionals must make their own independent clinical decisions and non-                            licensed members should seek guidance from their supervisors.

                        6) SIG or their individual members do not represent LACPA in the public domain                         as speakers or in writing without specific prior approval.

                        7) SIG may post meeting information on the LACPA listserve. 

                        8) SIG may not offer CE credits

                        9) SIG may not charge for attendance

                        10) SIG may meet at the LACPA office if it is available.  Arrangements must be                                    made in advance.

                        11) These are general guidelines, subject to revision. 

 

3/5/09 EC         to accept Dr. Halle Aten as the Early Career Psychologist SIG facilitator.

 

3/5/09EC         to accept Dr. Monica Dremann as the Women’s Issues SIG facilitator.

 

3/5/09EC         to accept Dr. Shelley Segal as the Pain SIG facilitator and Ms. Amanda Wall as the Pain SIG co-facilitator.

 

2/7/08              (EC)    To accept the proposal for a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Special Interest Group and that Dr. Bonnie Jacobs will be its facilitator.

 

4/2/09EC         To approve Dr. Jennifer Cassatly as the Assessment SIG faciliator.

 

5/7/09EC         To approve the formation of a Divorce Special Interest Group.

 

5/7/09EC)       To approve Ms. Diana Mercer, Esq, as facilitator of the Divorce SIG.

 

7/2/09EC         To approve the formation of a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Special       

                        Interest Group SIG.

 

7/2/09EC         To accept Dr. Jenny Yip as the CBT SIG facilitator and Dr. Sarah Paxson as the

                        as the CBT SIG co-facilitator.

 

3/4/10EC         To approve Deborah Sandy, Psy.D., as the new Addictive Behaviors SIG facilitator.

 

5/6/10EC         To approve Berta Davis, Ph.D., as co-facilitator of the Sex and Sexuality SIG.

 

10/28/10          To accept the October 2010 updates to the SIG Guidelines

 

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (SIG) GUIDELINES and PROCEDURES

Updated October, 2010

 

1.     SIGs are open to LACPA members only, and all LACPA members are free to attend any SIG meetings.  SIG members are encouraged to forward the names of interested colleagues who are not LACPA members to the Membership Committee Chairperson.

2.     The primary purpose of a SIG is either for education or to promote the well being of the participants.

3.     A secondary purpose of a SIG is to encourage networking with other LACPA members who share the same interests.

4.     Group members may share reading about the topic and anecdotal clinical material for awareness of issues while maintaining confidentiality of any patients discussed.

5.     The SIG meeting is not to be a consultation or supervision group.  Licensed professionals must make their won independent clinical decisions and non-licensed members should seek guidance from their supervisors.

6.  For any concerns or questions regarding ethical issues, SIG Facilitators are encouraged to

      utilize consultation with the LACPA Ethics Committee.

7.   SIG Facilitators must comply with the current LACPA Anti-trust policies.

8   The SIG or any individual member of the SIG does not represent LACPA in the public domain   

      as speakers or in writing without specific prior approval.

9.   SIGs may post meeting information on the LACPA listserve.

10. SIGs may not offer CE credits.

11. SIGs may not charge for attendance.

12. SIGS may meet at the LACPA office if it is available.  Arrangements must be made in

      advance.

13. SIG Facilitators are to keep the SIG Coordinator and the LACPA office informed of the date,

      time and location of the meetings via email.

14. SIG Facilitators are to keep a sign-sheet including name, telephone and email address of all  

      attendees.  They are responsible to give a copy of this information to the office within three (3)

      business of the meeting by email, fax, mail or in-person.

15. When a LACPA member is interested in either forming a new SIG or taking over the Facilitator  

      position of an existing SIG, the SIG Coordinator must be contacted in order to obtain a copy of   

      the current SIG Guidelines and Procedures. If forming a new SIG, the potential Facilitator

      must submit a written proposal indicating the SIG’s mission statement and goals. For an

      existing SIG, use of the previous mission statement and goals is acceptable. A curriculum vita

 of the potential Facilitator demonstrating expertise in the area must be included in the materials. The SIG Coordinator presents the materials to the Executive Committee for consideration.

      16. In November of each year, a timeline of SIG facilitator responsibilities will be submitted to the                    Board.

17. Any changes to the SIG leadership will be reviewed by the SIG Coordinator and the Executive

      Committee on a case-by-case basis.

18. These guidelines are subject to revision by the Executive Committee and/or the Board.

 

02/16/12           To allow non-LACPA members to attend one SIG meeting in the months of March or (and) April, 2012.

 

10/18/12          To revise the current evolving policy for the Psychoanalytic and Health Psychology “Committees.”  The word “Committee” shall be removed and replaced with “Special Interest Group,” effective January 1, 2013.

 

2/21/13            Effective March 1, 2013, and annually until rescinded, the SIGs and the clubs will be open to non-members during the months of March and April as a way to promote membership.

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