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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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Staff
EFMP Manager (254) 287-6070
Outreach (254) 618-7763
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Special Needs Advisor (SNAP) (254) 618-7699
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Exceptional Family Member Program
Hello Fort Hood Families, Army Community Service (ACS) Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) wants to hear from you! Below is a link to a survey where you can share your thoughts and experience with EFMP. We look forward to hearing from you! more...

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About Our Program:

The Exceptional Family Member Program, 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: 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 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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Services:

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.

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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Recurring Events

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.

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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.

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. For information on this activity call (254) 287-6070.

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 for information on this program at (254) 287-6070.

EFMP Garden Party: Join us to make your own garden in a jar.

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Training:

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 for information (254) 287-6070.

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:

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
www.firstchurchharkerheights.com

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 susie.marek@childteam.org

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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. 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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Central Texas Resources
http://www.parentsofchildrenwithautism.org/texas_directory_of_resources.htm
ESCT_Resource_Guide_2008.pdf
http://www.cerebralpalsy.org

Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates (COPAA)
www.copaa.net

Exceptional Parent Magazine
(Create a logon to subscribe and see each month's digital addition of the magazine or scroll down or open your web browser to show the "Not a subscriber Preview Button" and select the Preview Button.)
www.eparentdigital.com

FAPE & PACER Center
www.fape.org

How to Solve Parent-School Problems -- and Protect Relationships
http://wrightslaw.com/info/advo.probs.protect.htm

Inclusion Research
www.inclusionresearch.org

US Department of Education
www.ed.gov

It’s A Good IDEA Booklet
http://www.disabilityrightstx.org/files/IDEA_booklet-color.pdf

Military Family Care Plan Information

Family Care Plan Information Sheet

http://www.jointservicessupport.org/Documents/FP/DA_5305R_Family_Care_Plan.pdf

http://www.military.com/benefits/resources/family-support/family-care

http://www.neguard.com/FAMILYASSISTANCE/linksdocuments/fcploi.pdf

PACER
http://www.pacer.org/parent/links.asp

Partners in Education
http://www.partnersinpolicymaking.com/education/index.html

People First Language
http://www.txddc.state.tx.us/resources/publications/pfanguage.asp

"SMART IEP"
http://wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/iep_guidance.html

Military Home Front EFMP
Link to Information

Special Education Services
www.cesa7.k12.wi.us/sped/index.html

Special Schools in Texas
www.autism-pdd.net/k12.html#Texas

Specialized Training of Military Parents
http://www.stompproject.org/

Texas Center for Disability Studies and Project 360
http://tcds.edb.utexas.edu/

 “10 Tips: How to Use IDEA 2004 to Improve Your Child’s Special Education”
http://www.wrightslaw.com/idea/art/10.tips.steedman.htm

Ten Common Mistakes Parents Make During the IEP Meeting
www.cp-sk.org/inspirationalpage79.htm

Texas Education Agency
 www.tea.state.tx.us

The Exceptional Advocate
http://apps.mhf.dod.mil/efmp/news

U.S. Department of Education
www.ed.gov/offices/osers/idea

Wrights Law
www.WrightsLaw.com

Wright's Law - IDEA Changes for 2005
http://www.wrightslaw.com/law/idea/ieps.rbi.htm

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EFMP Monthly Newletters

EFMP Newsletter April 2014

EFMP Newsletter March 2014

EFMP Newsletter February 2014

EFMP Newsletter January 2014

EFMP Newsletter December 2013

EFMP Newsletter November 2013

EFMP Newsletter October 2013

EFMP Newsletter September 2013

EFMP Newsletter August 2013

EFMP Newsletter July 2013

EFMP Newsletter June 2013

EFMP Newsletter May 2013

EFMP Newsletter April 2013

EFMP Newsletter March 2013

EFMP Newsletter February 2013

EFMP Newsletter January 2013

EFMP Newsletter December 2012

EFMP Newsletter November 2012

EFMP Newsletter October 2012

EFMP Newsletter June 2012

EFMP Newsletter May 2012

EFMP Newsletter April 2012

EFMP Newsletter February 2012

EFMP Newsletter January 2012

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Military One Source The Advocate Newsletter

The Exceptional Advocate Newsletter October 2012

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