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Exceptional Family Member Program

EFMP LogoThe Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical, and personnel services to Families with special needs. Soldiers on active duty enroll in the program when they have a Family member with a physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disorder requiring specialized services so their needs can be considered in the military personnel assignment process.

Family members must be screened and enrolled, if eligible, when the Soldier is on assignment instructions to an OCONUS area for which command sponsorship/Family member travel is authorized, and the Soldier elects to serve the accompanied tour. This screening consists of medical records review for all Family members, and developmental screening for all children 72 months of age and younger.

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

For more information about EFMP, contact your installation EFMP manager at your Army Community Service (ACS) office.



Benefits Fact Sheet:

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical, and personnel services to Families with special needs. Soldiers on active duty enroll in the program when they have a Family member with a physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disorder requiring specialized services so their needs can be considered in the military personnel assignment process. The overall goal of EFMP is to help Families accompany the Service member to the right duty locations, not to exclude them.



DirectSTEP® Courses at NO CHARGE to Soldiers/Family Members

DirectSTEPThe Army Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) has partnered with LRP Publications to bring DirectSTEP® eCourses at NO CHARGE to Soldiers/Family Members, Army EFMP staff and Special Education staff associated with teaching military children. DirectSTEP® is an excellent opportunity for anyone seeking to gain a better understanding of Special Education and related topics. It is an outstanding resource that explains legal requirements, best practices for behavior management, autism, IDEA eligibility, IEPs and more. DirectSTEP® eCourses teach staff, parents and educators how to handle critical education issues to obtain positive outcomes.

 



Exceptional Family Member Program Registration

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) was created in the early 1980's to support Military Families with a special needs Family member. The program has grown tremendously over the years and is now a comprehensive, coordinated multi-agency program helping meet the needs of the Exceptional Family Member (EFM). The Army Medical Department (AMEDD) EFMP web address was launched earlier this year to establish a standard registration process for Military Families and guidance for maneuvering through the enrollment procedures. Families have access to concise information about MEDCOM EFMP support. Click on the links below to access the EFMP Quick Reference Guide and AMEDD Support website for access to Enrollment, Screening, Medical Care in Europe, and any necessary Forms related to the Exceptional Family Member Program.



Helpful Links/Resources:
  • Military OneSource: Over 100,000 military Families have members with special needs. These include spouses, children, or dependent parents who require special medical or educational services. These Family members have a diagnosed physical, intellectual or emotional condition. We invite you to explore the special needs module to learn about resources that will support your Family. - Visit Site
  • 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 the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities. - Visit Site
  • Alliance for Parent Centers: Each state is home to at least one parent center. Parent centers serve Families of children and young adults from birth to age 22 with all disabilities: physical, cognitive, emotional, and learning. - Visit Site
  • American Camp Association: The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals who, for over 100 years, have joined together to share our knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. Just as our membership is diverse and our programs distinct, so are the children who come to us to participate in the camp experience. Through what we teach, the opportunities we offer, and the example we set, children become part of a sharing community. - Visit Site


EFMP and Respite Care Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know the basics about the Exceptional Family Member Program and Respite Care? Get the answers to all of your Frequently Asked Questions by clicking on one of the FAQ categories below.

 



Exceptional Family Member Program Newsletter

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Newsletter issued by the Department of Defense is entitled "The Exceptional Advocate". It includes helpful information and resources.



System Navigators!

IMCOM CrestSystems Navigators are Army Community Service EFMP staff members located on most Army installations. They are trained and knowledgeable about the systems of care used by Families with special needs. The primary role of a Systems Navigator is to navigate Families through the available systems of care.

  • Identify EFM and Family strengths and needs.
  • Help identify and prioritize EFM and Family goals.
  • Develop a Family Service Plan to reach goals.
  • Make referrals to required services.
  • Provide information about disabilities or medical conditions of concern.
  • Identify support groups and social activities.
  • Strengthen Family's ability to advocate for EFM.


Respite Care Program

The Respite Care Program is a component of EFMP that provides a temporary rest period for Family members responsible for regular care of persons with disabilities. Care may be provided in the EFMP respite care user’s home and Child, Youth and School Services facilities. Respite care is important because it decreases Family stress, increases Family stability and reduces costly out-of-home placements, thereby contributing to Soldier readiness.

The Army Respite Care program was established in FY 2007.

In 2008, the U.S. Army Installation Management Command awarded a central contract to AlignStaffing for consistency in respite care implementation across garrisons in the United States. AlignStaffing maintains a network of respite care providers in addition to having the ability to work with existing garrison respite care providers.

Respite care services can be accessed through the central contract by contacting your local ACS EFMP office.



Respite Care Program Marketing Materials

Marketing materials for ACS EFMP and MWR marketing offices to use in advertising the EFMP Respite Care Program are downloadable at the following links.

Flyer size: 8.5" x 11"  |  Poster size: 24" x 36"  |  Brochure size: 8.5" x 14"