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The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) provides support to military Families that have special needs. 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 may 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. 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.
What is an EFM?
An EFM is a Family member (child or adult) with any physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disorder that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training, or counseling.
Who must enroll in the program?
The following Soldiers with EFMs (children and adults) will enroll in the EFMP.
- Active Army
- U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers in the USAR Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Program. Mobilized and deployed Soldiers are not eligible for enrollment in EFMP.
- Army National Guard AGR personnel serving under authority of Title 10, United States Code and Title 32, United States Code.
Department of the Army civilian employees do not enroll in the program. However, they must identify dependent children with special education and medically related service needs and Family members with medical needs each time they process for an assignment to a location outside of the United States where Family member travel is authorized at Government expense.
How does a Soldier enroll in the program?
Soldiers can contacts the nearest Army medical treatment facility EFMP point of contact to begin the assessment process and obtain the enrollment forms. Once the forms are completed, they are forwarded to the appropriate regional medical command for coding. The regional medical command enrolls eligible Active Army Soldiers in EFMP. They notify Army National Guard and Reserve personnel agencies of eligible AGR Soldiers who then enroll them in the program. For information and forms, please visit http://efmp.amedd.army.mil/index.html.
Does enrollment have any impact on the Soldier’s career?
Enrollment in EFMP does not adversely affect selection for promotion, schools, or assignment. Information concerning enrollment in EFMP or any of the data used in the program is not made available to selection boards.
What are the benefits of enrollment in the program?
Enrollment allows assignment managers at Army personnel agencies to consider the documented medical and special education needs of EFMs in the assignment process. When possible, Soldiers are assigned to an area where the medical and special education needs of their EFM can be met. This will depend on a valid personnel requirement for the Soldier’s grade, specialty and eligibility for the tour. All Soldiers are still eligible for worldwide assignments.
Are special education needs always considered?
Special education needs are only considered in assignments outside of the United States. Assignments within our 50 states and Trust Territories are not based on the educational needs of children. Every local school system must obey public laws regarding the provision of special education.
What EFMP community support services are available through Army Community Service?
Army Community Services include information and referral, advocacy, support groups, respite care and relocation assistance.
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 other settings such as special needs camps and enrichment programs. Respite care is important because it decreases Family stress, increases Family stability and reduces costly out-of-home placements, thereby contributing to Soldier readiness.
Application for Respite
- Application for Respite Care for Children and Adults with Disabilities
- Individual Family Respite Care Plan Form
- Family Needs Assessment Form
- Medical Record-Supplemental Medical Data
Lyster Army Health Clinic
Fort Rucker, AL 36362
Medical Web Sites
www.rucker.amedd.army.mil – Lyster Army Health Clinic
www.tricareonline.com – TRICARE
www.humana-military.com – TRICARE SOUTH
www.tricare.mil/echo - Extended Health Care Option (ECHO)
www.ssa.gov – Medicaid Eligibility/SSI Eligibility
School Web Sites
www.daleville.k12.al.us – Daleville, AL
www.enterpriseschools.net – Enterprise, AL
www.am.dodea.edu/rucker/Elementary - Fort Rucker, AL
www.ozarkcityschools.net/public – Ozark, AL
www.Vivianbadams.org – Ozark, AL
Helpful Web Sites
www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil – Click on Troops & Families and then Special Needs
http://www.militaryonesource.com – Military One Source (Special Needs)
www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil – Military installations information
http://www.stompproject.org/ – Click STOMP (Specialized Training of Military Parents)
http://www.parentcenternetwork.org/parentcenterlisting.html - Parent Training and Information Centers
www.militarychild.org – Military Child Education Coalition
www.familystrong.org – Support for families with children with special needs
www.dodea.edu – DOD Education Activity – Click Offices & Contacts and then Special Education Branch
www.nichcy.org – National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
www.disability.gov – Comprehensive Federal website
www.ed.gov/parents - Special Education & Rehabilitative Services
www.ncd.gov – National Council on Disability
www.ldonline.org – Learning Disabilities Organization
www.cec.sped.org – Council for Exceptional Children
http://bryanking.net/national-parent-network-on-disabilities-npnd/ – National Parent Network on Disability
www.caregiverslibrary.org – Caregiver Resources
http://www.yellowpagesforkids.com/help/al.htm - Alabama Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
211connectsalabama.org – 211 Connects Alabama
http://efmp.amedd.army.mil/ - U.S. Army Medical Department Exceptional Family Member Program
www.rehab.state.al.us/star - STAR: Alabama’s Assistive Technology Resource
www.alabamaparentcenter.com – Alabama Parent Education Center
www.alsde.edu/html - Alabama State Department of Education
www.namialabama.org/ - Alabama National Alliance on Mental Illness