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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 considerations during the assignment process and access to support services to help navigate the medical and educational system.
Identification and enrollment. Enrollment in the EFMP is mandatory for active-duty service members who have a family member with a qualifying medical and/or educational condition. When a family member is identified with special medical and/or educational needs, the special needs are documented through enrollment in the EFMP. Medical services coordinate identification and enrollment into the EFMP.
Assignment coordination. Medical and military personnel work with service members and families to coordinate assignments. While the military mission is the driving force, enrollment in EFMP ensures that a family member’s special medical and/or educational needs are considered, since appropriate services may be limited in some locations.
Family support. Family support is provided by EFMP family support providers at installation family support centers. EFMP Family Support assists families with special needs by helping them identify and access programs and services. This includes but is not limited to: information and referral for military and community services, education and outreach, development of family services plans, referral to other military and family support providers, local school and early intervention services information, warm handoffs to EFMP at the next location and non-clinical case management.
Enrollment in the EFMP is mandatory for active-duty service members and ensures family members' documented medical and/or educational needs are considered during the assignment coordination process. Through EFMP Family Support, families can receive assistance with navigating military and community support systems.
Families can enroll by obtaining paperwork from the EFMP medical point of contact at their local military treatment facility, or from the EFMP liaison at their installation EFMP Family Support office.
You can find your service branch information here: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force. Members of the National Guard or reserves may enroll in the EFMP according to service-specific guidance.
The forms for enrollment are:
Department of Defense Form 2792: Family Member Medical Summary – this form identifies and documents all medical and mental health needs for family members who may meet the criteria for enrollment into the EFMP. The MTF staff or TRICARE-authorized provider will assist your family with EFMP enrollment and will provide you with the DD2792-Family Member Medical Summary. The form is completed for both children and adults.
The military mission is the driving force behind the assignment process. Enrollment in the EFMP ensures that family members' documented special medical and/or educational needs are considered in the assignment process.
Assignment coordination occurs when the personnel command requests that Department of Defense medical and/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/or educational services may be limited in some areas, especially in overseas and remote locations.
Along with installation services, families with special needs have enhanced support through Military OneSource special needs consultations. Special needs consultants offer free and confidential, one-stop access to special needs and EFMP materials and resources. Families can inquire about a variety of topics including education, the military health care system, TRICARE coverage, state and federal programs, and more.
Consultations are available by phone or video. You can schedule appointments 24/7 by live chat, or by calling 800-342-9647. OCONUS calling options are also available.
If you are unable to locate an installation EFMP family support provider, you can contact Military OneSource to schedule a free and confidential special needs consultation. Expert staff will help you navigate services for your family and connect you with military and community-based support. You can schedule appointments 24/7 by live chat, or by calling 800-342-9647. OCONUS calling options are also available.
You can also try these other Department of Defense resources for making your special needs move as easy as possible:
Preparing for your Move is a fact sheet with tips for military families with special needs to consider before, during and after a move.
Plan My Move is an online tool that helps break moving down into clear, manageable steps. Create checklists that are unique to your family’s needs.
EFMP & Me is another online tool designed to give military families with special needs easy-to-use access to resources anytime, anywhere. Use it to help plan the transfer of support services to make your transition as easy as possible.
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