What is the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)?
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
– Identification/Enrollment –
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 (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
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. Paperwork required for enrollment in the EFMP is available from the Special Needs Coordinator at the installation Medical Treatment Facility. 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.
For more information on EFMP – Medical and identification/enrollment services, please contact the Special Needs Coordinator at 605-385-3416.
– Assignment Coordination –
What is assignment coordination?
The military mission is the driving force behind the assignment process, but 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.
– Family Support –
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
For more information on EFMP Family Support services, please contact the School Liaison Officer at 605-385-1381 or 28FSS.FSF.SLO@US.AF.MIL.
A great resource to learn more about the EFMP program is the 2013 Air Force EFMP Guide.