Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

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Serving Air Force Families with Special Needs
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment program that works with military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical, and personnel services to active duty personnel and their family members. The program is designed to assist active duty personnel during the assignment process by identifying an Exceptional Family Member (EFM) having special physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual needs. Assignment coordination ensures families are assigned to areas where access to necessary resources will be readily available.

Components of EFMP
The EFMP supports military families with special medical and educational needs. The program has three components:

• EFMP-Medical: Identification and Enrollment
• EFMP-Assignment: Assignment Consideration/Coordination
• EFMP-Family Support: Community Resource/Referral/Relocation Information

Enrollment in EFMP is the key to readiness. 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 or those family members receiving ongoing services from a medical specialist, having significant behavioral health concerns, receiving early intervention or special education services through an individualized education program or individualized family service plan.

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.

Navigating the System
Locating and navigating formal programs and services and informal supports when relocating can be difficult. The EFMP Family Support can help bridge that gap, as well as help families understand available programs, determine program eligibility and apply for benefits or entitlements. Navigating the world of resources, paperwork and requirements in the Exceptional Family Member Program can seem overwhelming, but Tinker’s EFMP team is determined to provide a clear, streamlined path for Airman and their Exceptional Family Member.

Tinker Resources
Several resources are available to support families enrolled in EFMP. Please contact your EFMP-FS Coordinator for more information concerning the below listing and other available resources.

EFMP Support Group: third Thursday of each month, 1730 – 1900 at Balfour Beatty
EFMP Respite Care: free care for EFM children and siblings
Give Parents A Break Childcare
Tinker’s EFMP Resource Library: books and DVD’s available for checkout
Summer Camps
Resource Fairs
Training Seminars/Educational Workshops

2 Comments
  • Miles Link
    May 5, 2018

    Hello! My name is Miles Link, I was just hoping to get a little more information about the EFMP program and how to be a part of it. Also I’m curious what the requirements are to be in it. My wife has severe allergies to many things in Oklahoma such as the grass and and many others. I was wondering if that would be a reason to be in the EFMP? Also my daughter has been developmentally delayed. The doctors are saying there is a chance she may autism. She’s 2 years old with the communication skills of a 9 month old. Would she also fit the criteria to become enrolled in the EFMP? If you could give me some more information on these things I’d greatly appreciate it! And if you have any questions for me please let me know.

    Thank you,
    Miles

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