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Exceptional Family Member Program
Building 121, The Rivers Building, Corner of 761st Tank Battalion Ave. & T.J. Mills Boulevard.
Please email HERE!
(254) 287-6070

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EFMP Manager (254) 287-6070
Outreach (254) 618-7763
Respite Care Coordinator (254) 553-8322
Special Needs Advisor (SNAP) (254) 618-7699
System Navigators (254) 287-6070
EFMP Fax Number (254) 285-6658

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Recurring Events

ACS Exceptional Family Member Program and the Special Olympics Texas are looking for Coaches and Athletes. For more information call 254-287-6070 or Email. For Event Flyer Click Here! or visit the SOTX at

About Our Program:

The Exceptional Family Member Program, for brochure click Here!
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated medical, educational, housing, community support, and personnel services to Families with special needs. The EFMP is a Department of the Army Program which functions under the provisions of Army Regulation AR 608-75. It is designed to assist active duty personnel during assignments/reassignments sponsoring Exceptional Family Members (EFM) with special physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual needs. In a dual military Family, both Soldiers must be enrolled. Enrollment is based upon the medical and educational requirements of Family members of active duty military personnel. Enrollment updates are required every 3 years or if the condition changes!

Enrollment allows the Army, during the assignment process, to consider the documented medical and special education needs of EFMs. This will depend on a valid personnel requirement for the Soldier’s grade, specialty, and eligibility for the tour. All Soldiers are still eligible for worldwide assignments. When possible, Soldiers are assigned to locations where the medical and special education needs of their EFM can be met.

Who is an Exceptional Family Member (EFM)?
An EFM is a Soldier’s immediate Family member (child or adult), regardless of age, with any physical, emotional, developmental, behavioral, mental, or intellectual disorder that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training, or counseling on an on-going basis. The following are examples of common diagnoses for EFMP enrollment. The provided list is not all inclusive, but only represents the most common diagnoses for enrollment.

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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: 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 1st floor, Room 1243A. 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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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.

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 for detailed information and forms. For flyer click Here!

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System Navigation, (254) 287-6070 or

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. See brochure 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.
  • Assist Soldiers with Compassionate Reassignments and other military related services.
  • Develop a Family Service Plan to reach your goals.
  • Make referrals to required services and provide follow up assistance.
  • Coordinate housing for military personnel with specialty needs.
  • Provide information about disabilities or medical conditions of concern and entitlements from both local and State to include Medicaid, Medicaid Waivers, and Social Security/Disability.
  • Identify support groups, social and other community support agencies that provide recreational activities for military children with special needs.
  • Strengthen your ability to advocate for your EFM.
  • Help prepare Families for Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) meetings and 504 meetings.
  • Help Families organize their paperwork for meetings.
  • Attend ARD meetings and 504 meetings, upon parent request.
  • Maintain partnerships with Child & Youth Services School Liaison Officers and Independent School Districts.

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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Recurring Events

A series of workshops will be conducted throughout the year on topics such as : Alphabet Soup, Transition Services, Response to Bullying, Caregiver Support, Matri-Money Family Finance, Learning about Resources and Supports, Conflict Resolution and Teens-Gangs/Colors. Pre-registration is requested at least two days prior to the event.  For more information or to register, please contact EFMP by phone at (254)-287-6070 or email us at
Follow us on Facebook @Fort Hood EFMP for event updates. We look forward to seeing you.

EFMP Advisory Committee: Come be a part of a team developing solutions for EFMs. Call us at (254) 287-6070

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Cultural and Recreational Activities:

The EFMP "Sea Dragons" Program is a special needs swim program that is open to the entire Family. Currently, Families meet at Abrams Physical Fitness Center Pool in Building 23001 on 62nd Street every Friday from 1800-2000. Effective immediately Sea Dragons Aquatic Program will meet at the 42nd Street Pool while repairs are underway at Abrams Fitness Center. Parents are required to remain on-site during the entire program. The pool closes promptly at 1900 on all Training Holidays and on Federal Holidays. Please note: the facility is CLOSED on the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. For more information and to register, please call 254-287-6070 or 254-618-7763. You may also register by emailing EFMP

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EFMP Orientation, (254) 287-6070
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, Military Life Counselors (MFLC), Children's Special Needs Network (CSNN), and Family and Morale Welfare & Recreation (Family and MWR). The EFMP Orientation provides information on resources (on and off post) which are available for individuals with special needs. For flyer click Here!

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EFMP Support Groups:

Monthly ACS EFMP Support Group, 287-6070
The "Resource Connections" Support is held in the Army Community Service Center on 761st Tank Battalion Avenue from 1730-1830 on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Please mark your calendars and come out and network with one another and with EFMP staff who will be able to provide you with resources and information you need on-the-spot. Child care will not be available; however, an area will be set-up for you to monitor your children while they play.
To register, please contact us by phone at 254-287-6070 or you may email us at We look forward to seeing you. Thank you.

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!

Community Support Groups:

The Rock:
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.
*If your child has a special diet, please bring a snack for them*
Registration for children is recommended to

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Partner Agencies:

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 potential—in 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. To follow CSNN on facebook 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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Resource Links

Affordable Colleges Online

Central Texas Resources

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

College Guide for Disabled Children

Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates (COPAA)

DoDEA's IDEA Rights

Exceptional Parent Magazine
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How to Solve Parent-School Problems -- and Protect Relationships

Inclusion Research

US Department of Education

It’s A Good IDEA Booklet

Military Family Care Plan Information

Family Care Plan Information Sheet


Partners in Education


People First Language


Military Home Front EFMP
Link to Information

Special Education Services

Special Schools in Texas

Specialized Training of Military Parents

 “10 Tips: How to Use IDEA 2004 to Improve Your Child’s Special Education”

Ten Common Mistakes Parents Make During the IEP Meeting

Texas Education Agency

The Arc of Texas

The Exceptional Advocate

U.S. Department of Education

Wrights Law

Wright's Law - IDEA Changes for 2005

A Guide to the Admission, Review and Dismissal Process

Notice of Procedural Safeguards

Last Revised 6/24/2016