For Bishops, Stake, District, or Branch Presidents to Request Church Activity Medical Assistance

  1. As a bishop, stake, district, or branch president, you can request the use of general funds from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help pay for certain medical or funeral expenses that are a result of an injury or qualified sickness at a church activity. Medical expenses are paid through the Church Activity Medical Assistance (CAMA) program, which is administered by Deseret Mutual Benefit Administrators (DMBA).
  2. To begin the process to consider CAMA, you should report any church activity incidents using the Global Incident Reporting (GIR) system found online at https://incidents.lds.org.
  3. After an incident has been submitted through GIR, you will be alerted by email if the incident can be considered for CAMA. Instructions on how to recommend that the injured person be considered for CAMA will be included in your email. In other words, the request for CAMA goes through the GIR system.
  4. Please note that before you request Church funds to provide charitable assistance through CAMA, you should consider the injured person’s ability to pay their medical expenses through any other means, including insurance coverage or other sources. The decision of whether to approve use of CAMA is up to you. However, you do not authorize any specific payment through CAMA.
  5. If you recommend CAMA to be provided, the injured person or their guardian(s) will receive an email with instructions about how to provide additional details about the incident. A unique login link to GIR will also be included with the email.
  6. Please note that the injured person’s access into GIR requires Internet access and a valid LDS Account. Non-members receiving assistance should obtain an LDS Account and register as a ‘Friend’ to gain access at https://ldsaccount.lds.org/.
  7. After the injured person or their guardian(s) provides the requested detail about the incident, another email will be sent to you for your approval of use of Church funds for the incident.
  8. After you approve access to CAMA, and DMBA is able to provide assistance, you and the injured person will receive a letter from DMBA with instructions on how to coordinate CAMA payments. DMBA makes payments in accordance with CAMA guidelines.

For more information about CAMA guidelines, go to the Church Activity Medical Assistance Handbook.