EFMP Family Support Liaison (Non-Clinical)
Phone (DSN) 315-243-9308
Fax (DSN) 315-243-9604
The Exceptional Family Member Program
When you're moving, your to-do list can seem long enough to fill a packing box. But if your family has special medical or educational needs, help is available before, during and after your move. Enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program provides military families with special needs consideration during the assignment process and access to support services to help navigate the medical and educational system.
The Exceptional Family Member Program has three components:
Who should enroll in the program?
Family members with special medical or educational needs lasting longer than six months are required to enroll in the EFMP including spouses, children and dependent adults who:
Why enroll in the program?
Enrollment in the EFMP in mandatory for Active Duty, and ensures that family members' documented medical and educational needs receive consideration during the assignment coordination process. Through the EFMP family support office, families can receive assistance with navigating military and community support systems.
How do families enroll in the program?
Families can enroll by obtaining paperwork from the EFMP medical point of contact at their local military treatment facility, The EFMP Liaison, or in the Marine Corps, from Marine Corps Community Services. The forms for enrollment are:
What is assignment coordination?
The military mission is the driving force behind the assignment process, but enrollment in the EFMP ensures that family members' documented needs are considered in the process. Assignment coordination occurs when the personnel command requests that Department of Defense medical or educational professionals review a family member's documented needs to determine availability of services at a projected location. Assignment coordination is important because access to appropriate medical and educational services may be limited in some areas, especially in overseas and remote locations. This process helps to eliminate the need for early returns from sea, HUMS and hardship discharges.
What is family support?
The EFMP family support function is provided by the EFMP case liaison and helps families identify and access programs and services. Family support includes, but is not limited to, the following:
What is the role of the EFMP Liaison?
The role of the family support provider includes:
How do families access their EFMP case liaison?
Access the EFMP case liaison by visiting or calling the Fleet and Family Support Center at 202-685-0229 and asking for a referral to a special needs consultant.
How can families help ease the transition to a new school system following a move?
In addition to the support available from the installation Military and Family Support Centers and Military OneSource consultants, MilitaryINSTALLATIONS provides some suggestions for making the transition easier as your child enters a new school system following a move to a new duty station. The article, "Preparing for Your Move," provides tips for what to do prior to and after your move to help create a smooth transfer between schools.
Additionally, military families can learn about the Education Directory for Children with Special Needs for information on special-needs issues and listings of national and local resources for early intervention (for infants and toddlers) and special education (for school-age children) services.
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