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Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) provides a comprehensive and all-inclusive approach in coordinating military and civilian community, educational, medical, housing, and personnel services to help Soldiers and their Families with special needs.

Exceptional Family Member (EFM)
An EFM is a Family member with any physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disorder that requires specialized treatment, therapy, education, training, or counseling, and meets the eligibility criteria. Some examples of EFMs are those with asthma, autism or PDD, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD), diabetes, arthritis, depression, bipolar, or schizophrenia, anxiety/phobias, and panic disorders, learning disabilities or any special education services, and high-risk newborns.

Re-Assignment Process
Soldiers eligible to relocate their Families at government expense should identify Family Members with a medical, physical, emotional, or intellectual disorder to assignment authorities in accordance with AR 600-75.  Enrollment in the EFMP is mandatory and ensures the needs of the family are considered during the assignment process.

Soldiers are responsible for keeping their EFMP enrollment current as EFM conditions change or at least every three years, whichever comes first.

Eligibility

  • Active Duty Army
  • U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers in the USAR – Active Guard Reserve program
  • USAR Soldiers on active duty exceeding 30 days
  • U.S. Army National Guard personnel serving under the authority of title 10, United States Code.

Benefits of the EFMP
Enrollment allows assignment managers at military personnel agencies to consider the documented medical needs of exceptional Family members in the assignment process. Both medical and educational needs are taken into consideration in an OCONUS assignment. All local school systems in CONUS and its territories are required by public laws to provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), to include the provision of special education.

Depending upon a valid personnel requirement for the Soldier’s grade, specialty and eligibility for the tour; when possible, Soldiers are assigned to an area where the medical and special education needs of their exceptional Family member can be met. 

 

Common Misconceptions of Program Enrollment

“I will be forced into assignments that will hinder promotions and career opportunities” Enrollment cannot prejudice advancement or career opportunities of sponsors. The sponsor has the option of accepting an assignment while the Family is supported in another location.

“As an EFMP sponsor, I cannot be deployed"
The program has no impact on the deployment responsibilities of the sponsor. Overseas unaccompanied, unit deployments, and standard deployments must be carried out without interruption. A Family Care Plan is the means to provide for a Family member with special needs when the Soldier is deployed, TDY, or otherwise not available because of military duty. To learn more about Family Care Plans, please consult your Commander or visit Military One Source.

“Enrollment in the program will allow me to select a duty station"
The program ensures that the sponsor will be assigned to a location where appropriate services exist. Branch will begin the nominative process and Family enrollment information will be forwarded to the gaining installation medical treatment facility’s EFMP point-of-contacts, who will assess area resources based on enrolled conditions. If services are available, the assignment process will move forward.

“I will not be eligible for an overseas accompanied assignment as an EFMP sponsor"
Overseas screening is the same for all Families anticipating accompanied orders. If the special needs of the Family member can be met by the gaining installation, an accompanied assignment may be authorized.

 

Important Phone Number

RACH EFMP Coordinator (Enrollment/Screenings) +1 (580) 558-8229

 

EFMP Family Support

ACS EFMP offers the following information, referral, and family support:

  •  On and off post agencies and support groups
  •  Educational workshops and recreational activities
  •  Relocation services
  • Support counseling for family members
  • Respite care services
  • Administrative assistance with deletions and deferments of assignments
  • Educational and medical advocacy for needed services
  • Facilitating exceptions to policy for housing

Systems Navigation Services

Systems Navigation is a family support component of the EFMP that connects Families with special needs to the systems of care they need, both on and off the installation.    

 

How can an EFMP Systems Navigator help your Family?

  • Identify your EFM and Family strengths and needs
  • Provide Special Education guidance and support including assistance with IEPs and 504 plans
  • Help prioritize your EFM and Family goals by developing a Family Service Plan
  • Provide information about disabilities or medical conditions of concern
  • Provide information on available and/or services in the community.
  • Identify support groups and social activities
  • Strengthen your ability to advocate for your EFM

Systems Navigators also assist Families who are transitioning from the program, due to retirement, separation from the military, transition to Title 32 status, or transition to another duty station.

Multi-Disciplinary Inclusion Action Team (MIAT)

Multidisciplinary Inclusion Action Team (MIAT) is required when enrolling a child with disabilities in CYS Services. To ensure the child’s health and safety needs are met in the center programs, the MIAT process supports the Family, EFMP, and CYS Service staff in working together to develop a support plan and implement appropriate accommodations.  For more information about MIAT, call CYS Services Parent Central Services at +1 (580)442-3927.

Important Phone Numbers

EFMP Program Manager: (Family Support) +1 (580)442-6818 or +1 (580)442-4916

Systems Navigator: (Family Support) +1 (580) 442-0670 or +1 (580)442-4916

 

Facts and Features (Facebook Live)

First Thursday of every month from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Facts and Features offers EFMP families and the Fort Sill community the opportunity to learn from and interact with subject matter experts on educational and activity-based topics.  Join us through the Fort Sill EFMP FB Group and the Fort Sill ACS Facebook Page to participate!

Support Group

EFMP Social Connections

Meets virtually the third Tuesday of each month from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. For additional details or to register for this support group, call +1 (580) 442-0670 or +1 (580)442-4916.

 

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