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Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

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The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) provides comprehensive support to Family members with special needs. An Exceptional Family Member is a Family member with any physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disorder that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training, or counseling, and meets the eligibility criteria. EFMP pertains to active-duty Soldiers, US Army Reserve Soldiers in the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Program, and Army National Guard AGR personnel serving under authority of 10 USC or 32 USC. Department of the Army Civilians do not enroll in the program.

EFMP takes an all-inclusive approach to coordinating military and civilian community, educational, medical, housing, and personnel services to help Soldiers and their Families with special needs. Enrollment in EFMP includes a wide array of benefits, detailed in the EFMP Benefits Fact Sheet.

EFMP enrollment does not adversely affect promotions, schools, or assignments. EFMP information is not made available to selection boards.

Soldiers with Exceptional Family Members are required to register for EFMP and keep enrollment information current. That way, Family needs will be considered during the OCONUS assignments process. If you’re eligible for EFMP services, Family members must be screened and enrolled when they accompany authorized Soldiers on OCONUS assignments. Screenings include a medical records review for all Family members and developmental screening for all children 72 months and younger. (Special education needs are considered only in assignments outside the United States. Assignments within the US and its territories are not based on the educational needs of children.)

For more information about EFMP and helpful articles about the program, look at the Enterprise EFMP site. After that, contact the installation EFMP manager at your local Army Community Service (ACS) office. To learn more about medical enrollment, see the Program Overview.

 

EFMP Resources

Here are some helpful resources for EFMP Families.

(Government Links)

  • Systems Navigators. Systems navigators are ACS EFMP staff members available on most Army installations. They assist EFMP Families with navigating through the available systems of care.​​​​
  • EFMP Newsletter. The Exceptional Advocate is the DoD’s EFMP newsletter, which includes helpful information and resources.
  • Military OneSouce. Military OneSource’s EFMP & Me tool allows Families to explore the details of EFMP benefits and processes.
  • DirectSTEP. DirectSTEP® eCourses are available for free to Soldiers and Family Members, Army EFMP staff, and Special Education staff associated with teaching military children. DirectSTEP® eCourses teach staff, parents, and educators how to handle critical education issues to obtain positive outcomes.
  • Respite Care Support. The Army’s Respite Care Support services provide a temporary rest period for Family members responsible for regular care of persons with disabilities. Care may be provided in the EFM respite care user’s home.

(Non-Government Links, No Endorsement Implied)

  • Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). CPIR serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers, so they can focus their efforts on serving Families of children with disabilities. 
  • American Camp Association (ACA). The ACA is a community of camp professionals who join together to share their knowledge and experience and ensure the quality of camp programs, including those for Exceptional Family Members.

 

What EFMP services are available at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center EFMP Clinic?

The EFMP Medical office is located on the second floor of the Mendoza Family Care Clinic at 11335 SSG Sims St, Biggs Army Airfield, Fort Bliss, Texas, 79918.  To contact the EFMP Medical Office for appointments or questions, please call the EFMP front desk at +1 (915)742-3715.

Visit their webpage for more information:

Exceptional Family Member Program (tricare.mil)

Systems Navigation

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Fort Bliss Soldiers with Exceptional Family Members must clear ACS EFMP

Out-processing Soldiers who have family members enrolled in the EFMP are requested complete DA Form 7415 and the "Needs Assessment for Relocating Soldiers" form, and provide a copy of their orders to ACS EFMP staff. Additional assistance and resources are provided as required. In addition, the ACS EFMP staff prepares a memo to the gaining installation informing them of the Soldier's report date and possible need for assistance. ACS EFMP staff pre-clear Soldiers who are not enrolled in the EFMP once the Soldier has attended a Levy briefing.

Multi-Disciplinary Inclusion Action Team (MIAT)

MIAT evaluates health, developmental, physical, social, emotional, learning and behavioral issues that may affect your child and ACS EFMP are here to help decide placement for your child, youth or teen in Child and Youth Services. However, it is MIAT's philosophy and goal, when reasonable, to honor personal choices for child care, school-age services and youth services, as well as participation in recreational activities for children. For more information on MIAT, call CYSS Parent Central Services at +1(915)568-4374. For MIAT forms, visit the Parent Central Services.

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ACS EFMP Medical Forum

Join us for an opportunity to ask questions, gain information and have your voices heard regarding topics under EFMP.

EFMP Overview/ IEP 504 Support

This class will discuss the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 process, and how EFMP ACS can support you and your family.

EFMP Special Education Support

Do you have questions or concerns about your child's Special Education? Join us and get support on how to best advocate for your child!

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