Exceptional Family Member Program

Why Enroll in EFMP?
Enrollment in the EFMP provides special assignment consideration to a service member who has a spouse, child or dependent adult with medical conditions requiring prolonged hospitalizations, out-patient treatment, or special educational needs. EFMP helps ensure that needed services are available, on or off base, at the gaining location prior to a Permanent Change of Station (PCS)

Requirement to Enroll in EFMP
In compliance with DoDI 1315.19, federal laws protecting persons with disabilities, enrollment is mandatory for all active duty military personnel who have a family member or other person actually residing with the member having a special need. The sponsor initiates the process with their Health Care Provider

Other Agencies
In addition to the medical component, other agencies included on the EFMP team are the Assignments section of Personnel, and the Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC). The A&FRC provides Information & Referral services and numerous resources (509-247-2246)

Information and Referral 
Families with a special needs family member may receive information, referral, and support from the Airman and Family Readiness Center, 4 W. Castle St, 509-247-2246. Wheelchair access to the building is through the back door, closest to the rear parking lot   

"Welcome to Holland, Parenting a Special Needs Child"
An essay written by Emily Perl Kingsley, parent of a special needs child

Exceptional Family Member Resource Guide
Locally developed, this guide provides on-base, off-base, local and national resources and contacts for special needs families

Safety videos
Highlight how families can take precautions in the home to help prevent injuries to children with physical, developmental or cognitive disabilities. The focus of the videos includes fire and burn prevention, drowning, choking and falls prevention

Tricare Special Needs
Benefits, eligibility

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)
Federally funded Parent Training and Information Center established to assist military families who have children with special education or health needs

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) 
Resources for parents, young adults, professionals, and educators

Parent Toolkit, Military Families and Students with Learning Disabilities
Guide to educate and empower parents, others to help military children who struggle in school

POSSIBILITIES: A Financial Resource Guide for EFMP Families 
Free 200+ page resource.  Created for parents with children under 18 years of age who have disabilities. Experts and parents worked together to make this comprehensive guide

Parent to Parent
Emphasizes emotional and informational support

Government Benefits
Location to sort through government benefits available

"Connecting the disability community to information and opportunities"

Social Security Online
Information on Social Security benefits for children with disabilities

Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities

Ticket To Work 
Support for people with disabilities who want to work; 866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967 (TDD)


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