Common Diagnoses for Enrollment:
- ADD/ADHD/ODD (if on more than one medication, have a co-morbid condition or receive any counseling)
- Allergies (if require allergy shots or follow up with an allergist more than once a year)
- Asthma/RAD (intermittent asthma NOT requiring controller medication is no longer required to be enrolled)
- Autism Spectrum/Pervasive Developmental Disorders/Developmental Delays (may also require educational enrollment)
- Cancer (unless patient has completed treatments, is in remission great than 5 years, and is requiring no further follow up)
- Cervical Dysplasia/Abnormal Pap Smear - if requires pap smears 2x/year or greater or requires colposcopy
- Diabetes (all insulin dependent diabetes and any non-insulin dependent requiring frequent or specialist follow up)
- Equipment (e.g. g-tube, oxygen, ventilator, home nebulizer, CPAP, apnea monitor, home dialysis, wheelchair or other mobility aid, splints, braces, orthotics; for insulin pump, hearing aid, pacemaker-include brand and model number)
- Mental Health Conditions (Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia, etc, All must be enrolled who have been treated with medication or received therapy within the last 5 years, if required therapy greater than six months).
- Ostomies/Shunts/Prosthetics (any artificial openings that must be maintained, any artificial body parts)
- Premature or High Risk Infants (delivered at less than 36 weeks, those who required extended oxygen support or assisted ventilation, admission to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or readmission to hospital within one month)
- Special Education/Early Intervention Requirements (services required per Individual Family Support Plan (IFSP) or Individual Education Plan (IEP); DD Form 2792-1 to be completed by Early Intervention Program or School.
- Substance Abuse (need for Drug and Alcohol Counseling Services)
- Any other medical, psychological or educational condition should be considered if follow up by a specialist or special services are required. When in doubt, contact the EFMP office at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center,
(254) 288-8099, for additional guidance. Go to this link to download PDF fill-able forms: http://efmp.amedd.army.mil/. EFMP Enrollment Procedures click to download.
Who must enroll in the EFMP?
The following Soldiers with exceptional Family members must enroll in the program:
- Active Army
- U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers in the USAR Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) Program and any reserve component Soldiers on active duty exceeding 30 days
- Army National Guard AGR personnel serving under authority of Title 10, United States Code
Department of the Army Civilians
DA civilian employees with EFMs do not enroll in EFMP. However, they are required to identify Family members with special education and medically related service needs each time they process for an assignment to a location outside of the United States where dependent travel is authorized at Government expense.
Does Enrollment have any Impact on the Soldier’s Career?
Enrollment in EFMP does not adversely affect selection for promotion, schools, or assignments. Information concerning enrollment in the EFMP or any of the data used in the program is confidential and is not made available to selection boards.
Are Special Education Needs Considered In the Military Personnel Assignment Process?
Special education needs are considered only for assignments outside of the United States. Assignments within our 50 States and Trust Territories are not based on the educational needs of children. Every local school system must provide special education faculties and facilities for students with special needs.
The Fort Hood EFMP is comprised of the ACS EFMP office, located in the Rivers Building, Building 121, T.J. Mills Boulevard and 761st Tank Battalion Avenue, and the EFMP Clinic located at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center. Enrollment and update enrollments are accomplished by contacting the EFMP clinic at 288-8099. Overseas screening appointments are conducted by the EFMP clinic and may be obtained by calling central appointments at 288-8888. The EFMP Medical Director and staff are located in the EFMP clinic.
The Army Community Service EFMP Office provides services that include: Information and referral, community support services, advocacy, monthly support groups, resource directory, weekly swim program, respite information, EFMP orientation, recreational and cultural activities, community support group information, resource library, and Special Needs Accommodation Process (SNAP) meetings with Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS). All services and activities are free of charge and open to the whole Family.
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Advocacy, (254) 618-7813: EFMP has an Advocate, a person who assists and supports our clients with advocating for their needs. The advocate specializes in the Individual Education Process or Admissions, Review, and Dismissal Meetings as we say in Texas. The advocate has knowledge and expertise concerning special education and its applicable federal and state laws and works within the bounds of these laws. A Special Education Advocate is a representative who informs parents of their educational rights and assists Families in negotiating and resolving disputes with the school district to secure a free and appropriate education for children with special needs. The advocate can also assist in advocating for other supports and services. For more information click Here!
In and Out Processing/Soldiers Transitioning:
Soldiers Clearing Fort Hood, 287-553-3105
Soldiers with Exceptional Family Members must inprocess and clear ACS EFMP
In and Out processing Soldiers who have Family members enrolled in the EFMP must complete DA Form 7415 and the "Needs Assessment for Relocating Soldiers" form, and provide a copy of their orders to EFMP Staff. Additional assistance and resources are provided, as required. In addition, the EFMP staff prepares a memo to the gaining installation informing them of the Soldier's report date and possible need for assistance. EFMP staff pre-clear Soldiers who are not enrolled in the EFMP daily. For more information click Here! DA Form 7415
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Respite Care, 254-553-8322
EFMP respite care is a program that provides a temporary rest period for Family members responsible for regular care of persons with disabilities. Care may be provided in the EFMP respite care user’s home or other settings such as special needs camps and enrichment programs. It is time limited based on the exceptional Family member’s (EFM) medical condition and availability of funding. EFMP respite care is not an entitlement or a guaranteed benefit.
If you are interested in becoming a provider, please click this link HERE.
For ACS EFMP Respite Care forms, click on the name of the form listed below and you can download the forms in an Adobe Acrobat format.
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Special Needs Accommodation Process (SNAP) 618-7699
SNAP evaluates health, developmental, physical, social, emotional, learning, and behavioral issues that may affect your child. We are here to help decide placement for your child, youth or teen in Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS) programs. However, it is SNAP’s philosophy and goal, when reasonable, to honor personal choices for childcare, school age services and youth services, as well as participation in recreational activities for children.
As a parent, you are a vital member of this team. Your participation is strongly encouraged and valued. The SNAP can be of greater assistance when provided with a brief history, outline of current symptoms/concerns and actions taken (rescue medicine, etc.).
During the initial enrollment or re-registration, parents will complete the SNAP Screening Form, which will be reviewed by the Army Public Health Nurse (APHN). In some cases, the Medical Action Plan (MAP) will be provided for completion by the child’s doctor, stating the diagnosis and modifications that need to be made. The MAP will be reviewed by the APHN and forwarded to EFMP staff, who will then contact parents for a SNAP appointment.
A SNAP appointment is required for placement in appropriate CYSS programs, and will be reviewed individually. Click the following link http://hoodmwr.com/cys_snap.htm for detailed information and forms. For flyer click Here!
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System Navigation, (254) 287-6070 or Email:
What is Systems Navigation?
Systems Navigation is a community support component of the EFMP that connects Families with special needs to the systems of care they need, both on and off the installation. Systems Navigation also supports the goals of the Army Family Covenant. See Introduction Letter HERE!
Who is eligible for Systems Navigation?
Active Duty Army, Reserve and Guard Families are eligible for Systems Navigation assistance regardless of their Exceptional Family Member’s (EFM) medical and/or special education condition. All services are provided at no cost to Families.
Who is a Systems Navigator?
Systems Navigators are Army Community Service EFMP staff members located on the installation. They are trained and knowledgeable about the systems of care used by Families with special needs. The primary role of a Systems Navigator is to navigate Families through the available systems of care.
How can EFMP Systems Navigators help your Family?
- Identify your EFM and Family strengths and needs.
- Help identify and prioritize your EFM and Family goals.
- Develop a Family Service Plan to reach your goals.
- Make referrals to required services.
- Provide information about disabilities or medical conditions of concern.
- Find transportation to appointments related to the Family Service Plan.
- Identify support groups and social activities.
- Strengthen your ability to advocate for your EFM.
Are EFMP Systems Navigation services offered at all installations?
Systems Navigation is currently offered at 26 installations, CONUS AND OCONUS. The Army recognizes the importance of expanding the EFMP and looks forward to offering the program at additional installations in the future.
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EFMP Advisory Committee: Come be a part of a team developing solutions for EFMs. Call us at (254) 287-6070. For flyer click Here!
EFMP Focus Group: Please join us and participate in the EFMP Focus Group. Let us know about your concerns or challenges and what programs you may need that are not offered in this area. If you are unable to attend the meeting send us an email at usarmy.hood.imcom-fmwrc.list.ACS-EFMP@mail.mil and provide your suggestions on how we can help. Call us at (254) 287-6070. For flyer click Here!
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Cultural and Recreational Activities:
“Sea Dragons” Swim Program, (254) 618-7813 ****This Program is on break until further notice.****
The “Sea Dragons” is a swim program for Families with special needs and is open to the entire Family. Call (254) 287-6070
Summer Camp, (254) 618-7813
Summer Camp for children with special needs in the Greater Fort Hood Area. Agencies off post provide summer camps for children with special needs. The mini-camps give children with special needs a time to participate in fun and safe activities with their peers. The camps objective is to provide new opportunities, in an environment that respects the creativity of each camper, and allows them to interact with children from other backgrounds and disabilities. The summer camps focus on building self-confidence, having fun, and community involvement. For handout of camps in the Central Texas area click Here!
Annual Easter Egg Hunt, come out and enjoy the season and watch the children hunt for that special egg.
Mothers’ Day Arts and Craft Night - Bring the kids out and have some FUN. The crafts make great gifts.
Fathers’ Day Bingo and Arts and Crafts Night, bring the kids out to try your luck with Bingo and to have FUN with Arts and Crafts. The crafts make a great gift.
Water Balloon Fun, bring your swim suit and join us for fun in the sun with the water balloon toss. To register for this activity call (254) 287-6070.
BINGO Night, bring the family out for FUN and Prizes. To register for this activity call (254) 287-6070. For flyer click Here!
Kids Holiday Arts and Crafts Night - Bring the kids out for FUN out for some holiday cheer and craft making. The crafts make great holiday presents! Call to reserve your seat today at (254) 287-6070. For flyer click Here!
EFMP Garden Party: Join us to make your own garden in a jar.
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EFMP Orientation, (254) 288-4460
Information for newly arrived or newly enrolled Soldiers with Exceptional Family Members. Every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 1000-1130, ACS EFMP provides an Orientation for Soldiers with Exceptional Family Members. Come out and learn more about community resources, information and referral, advocacy, and programs available for Families with special needs. The Orientation is held at Oveta Culp Hobby Soldier and Family Readiness Center, Building 18000, on Battalion Avenue, off of T.J. Mills Boulevard. Some of the programs/agencies that provide information are: Army Community Service (ACS), Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS), Killeen Independent School District, Copperas Cove Independent School District, TRICARE, Texas Rehab, ChildTeam, Family and Morale Welfare & Recreation (Family and MWR), and MetroKids. The EFMP Orientation provides information on resources (on and off post) which are available for individuals with special needs. For flyer click Here!
Related Services Workshop. This workshop will provide information on the required elements in an Individual Education Plan under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
New Rules for Addressing Bullying in Texas Public Schools Workshop. Call to reserve your place at (254) 287-6070. For flyer click Here!
Join us for Discipline without Screaming. Call to reserve your place at (254) 287-6070.
Behavior Strategies for the Home. This workshop will provide strategies to make your job easier. Call to reserve your place at (254) 287-6070.
Parent Education Advocacy Program (PEAP) Workshop, 287-6070.
Come learn more on being an ADVOCATE for your child or assisting another child with special needs.
The PEAP is a program to train volunteers interested in serving as an advocate in the schools for children with special needs. Workshops with guest speakers provide various topics dealing with school issues and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
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EFMP Support Group:
Monthly ACS EFMP Support Group, 287-6070
EFMP Support Group “Resource Connection” meets off post on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 1830-1930 at Education Connection, 2207 Jasper Road in Killeen. Many exciting topics will be discussed throughout the year. The Resource Connection offers topics on Autism, Down Syndrome Attention Deficit Disorder, and other disabilities or disorders. For flyer click Here!
Multiple Sclerosis “Heart of Texas Self Help Group” meets off post on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1800-2000 at Robertson Avenue Baptist Church, 305 E. Robertson Ave., Copperas Cove, TX 76522. For flyer click Here!
Multiple Sclerosis “Cen-Tex Mulitiple Sclerosis Self Help Group” meets off post on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 1800-2000 at Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd., Killeen, TX 76543-4328 (Corner WS Young and VMB). For information email click Here!
Community Support Groups:
Open to those involved in the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders, chronic illness, and disabilities. People who may want to attend: parents, grandparents, educators, medical personnel, social workers, childcare providers, therapists, ministry members, and ministry leaders.
The group meets at:
First Church, Harker Heights
2314 Indian Trail, Harker Heights, TX 76548
His Kids Support Group:
Open to those involved in the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders, chronic illness and disabilities including: parents, grandparents, educators, medical personnel, social workers, childcare providers, therapists, and ministry leaders.
CHILD CARE AND SNACKS ARE PROVIDED FOR ALL CHILDREN
*If your child has a special diet, please bring a snack for them*
Registration for children is recommended to email@example.com
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EFMP partners with Texas Parent to Parent
Sharing! Networking! Encouragement!
Would you like to be able to help support another Family with similar special needs? Parent-to-Parent support is essential for parents of children with special needs. Results are...parents don’t feel quite as isolated or lonely because they know they are not alone. Peer support is the best way to assist a Family on the journey of raising a child with special needs. Ask us about Texas Parent to Parent Program at: 512- 458-8600! click HERE to fill out the Parent Match Form.
Big Brother, Big Sister Program assists children nationwide in need of positive roles models. Big Brothers Big Sisters has local agencies across the country. Whether you’re interested in volunteering, or enrolling a child, your involvement can start something truly amazing. After all, a positive impact creates a ripple effect of potentialin a child and the community. Each time Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs a child with a role model, we start something incredible: a one-to-one relationship built on trust and friendship that can blossom into a future of unlimited potential.
Call (254) 287-6070 for more information on partner agency and gaining a Big Brother or Big Sister. For application click Here!
The Children’s Special Needs Network (CSNN) is a non-profit organization based in Belton, Texas that assists families and professionals in providing services for children in Central Texas who are diagnosed with physical or psychological special needs. CSNN provides a wide range of direct services and connects families with medical, educational, and social service resources in their communities. It also serves as a conduit, advocating on behalf of children in need and calling on churches, health care providers, schools, and others to rally around some of the most needy members of our Central Texas communities. For more information click Here!
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) helps babies and toddlers, ages birth to 3, with disabilities or delays in their development. ECI supports families through education and family services to help their children reach their potential. For more information click Here!
Killeen Special Education Department: Supports the mission of the Killeen Independent School District and the goals of the Education Services Department by identifying students with disabilities and providing them an equal opportunity for a free and appropriate education. For more information click Here! Look across the top to Departments, then look down the left hand side of the page for Special Education.
Copperas Cove Special Education Department: Copperas Cove ISD provides a continuum of specially-designed instructional services for all eligible students with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21. For more information click Here!
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