What is the Exceptional Family Member Program?
The EFMP supports military families with special medical and educational needs. The program has three components:
- Identification and enrollment of a family member with special medical or educational needs
- Assignment coordination to determine the availability of services at the projected duty station
- Family support to help families identify and access programs and services
Who should enroll in the program?
Family members with special medical or educational needs, including a spouse, child or a dependent adult, should enroll in the program. This includes family members who:
- Require special medical services for a chronic condition such as asthma, attention deficit disorder, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, etc.
- Receive ongoing services from a medical specialist
- Have significant behavioral health concerns
- Receive early intervention or special education services through an individualized education program or individualized family service plan
Why enroll in the program?
Enrollment in the EFMP ensures a family member's documented medical and educational needs are considered during the assignment process. It also allows families to receive the support and assistance they need to navigate medical and educational systems.
How do families enroll in the program?
Enrollment in the EFMP is mandatory for active duty military members; members of the Guard or reserves may enroll according to service-specific guidance. Paperwork required for enrollment in the EFMP is available from the EFMP medical point of contact at the installation military treatment facility or, in the Marine Corps, from Marine Corps Community Services. The forms for enrollment are:
- DD Form 2792, Family Member Medical Summary. In order to document medical needs, the service member, spouse or adult family member completes the first page. The remainder is completed by the family member's physician or other qualified medical professional and includes the diagnosis, frequency of care, medication and any special accommodations required by the family member.
- DD Form 2792-1, Special Education/Early Intervention Summary. In order to document educational needs, the sponsor, parent or legal guardian completes items one through seven of the first page. The remainder of the form is completed by school or early intervention program personnel. The form includes the child's educational diagnosis and is accompanied by a copy of the IEP or individual family service plan.
After the appropriate medical or educational provider completes the forms, they must be returned to the EFMP medical point of contact.
What is assignment coordination?
The military mission is the driving force behind the assignment process, but the EFMP enrollment ensures that a family member's special needs are considered in the process. Assignment coordination occurs when the personnel command requests medical or educational professionals to review a family member's documented needs to determine the availability of services at a projected location.
Why is assignment coordination important?
Assignment coordination is important because access to appropriate medical and educational services may be limited in some areas, especially in overseas and remote locations. When assignment coordination occurs, family members receive the care and support they require, and the service member can focus more clearly on mission-related responsibilities.
What is family support?
The EFMP family support helps families identify and access programs and services. Family support includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Information and referral for military and community services
- Education and outreach
- Referral to other family support center providers
- Local school and early intervention services information
- Warm handoffs to the EFMP at the next location
- Non-clinical case management, including individualized services plans
What is the role of the family support provider?
The role of the family support provider is to help families on that path to empowerment by providing information and referral services, non-medical case management, training and other forms of support, such as providing opportunities for families to connect with each other around a common need or concern.
Locating and navigating formal programs and services and informal supports when relocating can be difficult, because they may have a different title in the new state or fall under the responsibility of a different agency. The EFMP family support provider can help bridge that gap, as well as help families understand what those programs offer, how to determine eligibility and how to apply for benefits or entitlements.
Where are family support providers located?
Family support providers through the EFMP are primarily located at installation family support centers. For families who are not located near an installation, consult your service website for more information about accessing services, or call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647.