Is COPACT independent of ORCA and OAMFT?
Having a lobbying organization and a professional lobbyist is crucial to the health of our professions. COPACT gives LPCs and LMFTs a voice within the legislature. Throughout the year, our lobbyists keep us apprised of any issues that may affect our professions or our clients, so that we have the ability to act. Our board members read through new legislation proposed to the Oregon senate and house to make sure LPCs and LMFTs are being represented appropriately and to advocate for quality mental health care for all Oregonians. Without COPACT, LPCs and LMFTs would not have an effective way to provide input on legislative issues that affect our professions. Furthermore, when LPCs and LMFTs want something passed in the legislature, our lobbyist gives us an effective way to gain legislative support.