How was COPACT formed?
In 2009, after 15 years of frustrating, failed attempts to get insurance reimbursement for LPCs and LMFTs, a coalition of counselors and therapists, led by the leadership of OAMFT, ORCA, and OMHCA, successfully wrote and passed, “The Practice Act.” Throughout those 15 years, their hard work, as well as their defeats, taught them how to be successful in the legislature. At that time, the only lobbying on behalf of mental health issues were being maintained by Social Workers and Psychologists and did not include LPCs and LMFTs.
In order to give a legislative voice to LPCs and LMFTs in Oregon, OMHCA, ORCA and OAMFT officially came together in 2010 to form the Coalition of Oregon Professional Associations for Counseling and Therapy, or COPACT. The original founders of COPACT were Larry Conner LPC, who was president of the Oregon Mental Health Counselors Association (OMHCA) at that time, Tracie MacDowell, an LPC from the Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA), and Steve Rogers, an LMFT from the Oregon Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT).

In 2013 the Oregon Mental Health Counselors Association merged with the Oregon Counseling Association and became one organization, ORCA. Larry Conner and Steve Rogers continue to be active on the COPACT board .