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Location: Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) supports the continuum of care for all eligible sponsors and their family member in order to improve the quality of life for families that support a member with special medical and/or educational needs. EFMP is a DOD-mandated enrollment program designed to support individual, family, and unit readiness.
The Exceptional Family Member Program is a mandatory enrollment program (MCO 1754.4C) for active-duty personnel who have a family member who meets the enrollment criteria. Enrollment cannot prejudice advancement or career. Registry in the program will not be an element of the Manpower Management System.
Per DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1315.19, the following conditions qualify an active duty family member for enrollment in the EFMP:
Sponsors are required to identify and enroll all family members who have a medical (physical, mental, and emotional) or educational condition at the time of identification or diagnosis of the condition by a qualified medical provider or educational authority. HQMC EFMP will make the final determination concerning EFMP enrollment of Marine Corps sponsors.
The following are reasons for enrollment:
a. Potentially life threatening conditions and/or chronic (duration of 6 months or longer) medical or physical conditions requiring follow up care from a primary care manager (to include pediatricians) more than once a year or specialty care.
b. Current and chronic (duration of six months or longer) mental health condition (such as bipolar, conduct, major affective, or thought or personality disorders); inpatient or intensive (greater than one visit monthly for more than 6 months) outpatient mental health service within the last five years; or intensive mental health services required at the present time. This includes medical care from any provider, including a primary care manager.
c. A diagnosis of asthma or other respiratory-related diagnosis with chronic recurring symptoms that involves one of more of the following:
(1) Scheduled use of inhaled or oral anti-inflammatory agents or bronchodilators.
(2) History of emergency room use or clinic visits for acute asthma exacerbations or other respiratory-related diagnosis within the last year.
(3) History of one or more hospitalizations for asthma, or other respiratory related diagnosis within the past 5 years.
d. A diagnosis of attention deficit disorder or attention deficit disorder that involves one or more of the following:
(1) Includes a co-morbid psychological diagnosis.
(2) Requires multiple medications, psycho-pharmaceuticals (other than stimulants) or does not respond to normal doses of medication.
(3) Requires management and treatment by mental health provider (e.g., psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or psychiatric nurse practitioner).
(4) Requires the involvement of a specialty consultant, other than a primary care manager, more than twice a year on a chronic basis.
(5) Requires modifications of the educational curriculum or the use of behavioral management staff.
e. A chronic condition that requires:
(1) Adaptive equipment (such as apnea home monitor, home nebulizer, wheelchair, custom fit splints/braces/orthotics (not over the counter), hearing aids, home oxygen therapy, home ventilator, etc.).
(2) Assistive technology devices (such as communicative devices) or services.
(3) Environmental or architectural considerations (such as medically required limited number of steps, wheelchair accessibility, housing and/ or air conditioning modifications.)
f. Special Education Needs. Family members of active duty Service members (regardless of location) and civilian employees appointed to an overseas location eligible for enrollment in DoDEA school on a space required basis will be identified as having special educational needs if they have or are found eligible for either an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or an IEP in accordance with DoDI 1342.12 and DoDI 1342.12.
Some examples of a diagnosis that would qualify a family member include:
The Marine Corps recognizes and is particularly responsive to the needs of Marines, both Active Duty and Marine Corps’ Reservists, who have family members with special medical and/or education needs. Early enrollment in the EFMP is the Marine’s guarantee that the Marine Corps will do its best to match a Marine’s grade and occupational specialty with a location where the exceptional family member’s needs can be met. However, there are other services that the EFMP offers and are designed to improve the quality of life of Marine Corps families with special needs.
How EFMP Helps You
The EFMP recognizes and understands that it is the spouse of the Active Duty Marine who bears much of the work and stress related to caring for a family member with special needs. Because sponsors often work long and irregular hours and frequently deploy, spouses often make and attend medical appointments, coordinate home medical care, attend special education meetings, and do most of the research about their child or family member’s condition. The EFMP Family Case Worker provides family support services to spouses and other DEERS-eligible family members.
When a sponsor is deployed or TAD, family members can complete and submit the EFMP enrollment paperwork and are always welcome to call and schedule an appointment at any time with the EFMP Family Case Worker for assistance.
It can take 6-9 months to identify and access medical, special education, and other services in a new state. The EFMP Family Case Worker can provide families with applicable local and state information and can help families find and utilize the local, state, and federal programs and organizations that assist and support families with special needs. They are there to help families cope with new diagnoses and to connect with appropriate supports and services.
Why Trust EFMP
EFMP employs Managers, Family Case Workers, and Training Education Outreach Specialists. EFMP has established a framework for effective communication and collaboration between families and professionals, between TRICARE and public healthcare systems, among agencies at the state and community levels, and among public agencies and volunteer organizations. The installation EFMP staff exists not only to assist families with enrollments and updates, but also serves as a vital link between exceptional families and federal, state, and local resources.
EFMP is Familiar With:
EFMP Can Also Coordinate:
Enrolled families often ask questions about the confidentiality of the information they provide to EFMP. Protecting the privacy and confidentiality of the health and educational information pertaining to the EFM is necessary for a successful program. Personnel shall receive access to EFMP information only when required in the course of their duties and shall preserve the confidentiality of enrollees’ information, and safeguard written and electronic correspondence and databases. The Marine Corps EFMP handles ALL medical and educational information with the strictest confidentiality. Local EFMP Managers provide limited information to the Unit Commander, or his/her designee to ensure commands are aware of those Marines who need to complete an update to maintain compliance. The information shared with the command is limited to the following:
The specific medical diagnosis and treatment and/or special education needs of the EFM are not shared with the Command. This information is kept strictly confidential.
Information regarding an EFMP enrollment will appear in the EFM health records, the EFMP Case Management System, and the database of the appropriate assignment branch. The case file, kept by EFMP staff, will be kept strictly confidential. The EFMP Case Management System will NOT become an element of the Manpower Management System, individual record books, or the parent command records of the sponsor, nor be referenced in performance appraisals such as Fitness Reports.
If you have any questions regarding the confidentiality of your EFMP information, please contact the EFMP Office at 252-466-7533
Support for Geographically Dispersed Marines
Marines who are geographically dispersed may experience additional stressors as they are not able to access services and supports available at installations. The Exceptional Family Member Program is committed to meeting the needs of remotely stationed families by providing excellent customer service and creative and flexible family support.
Using a standardized Warm Hand-Off Process, Family Case Workers will work closely with families to ensure a smooth and seamless PCS transition. When a Marine receives orders, the Family Case Worker will work with the family prior to PCS to:
The plan will prompt discussion in the following areas:
Although families may not be able to access a physical EFMP office, they will receive support through phone and email communication.
Ongoing Family Support
Supporting this unique population requires particular skills. The Program Manager will assign cases to appropriate staff who can best address the needs of each family. EFMP staff will network and coordinate with local service providers and other organizations to provide the most effective local support for families. Contact with the family will be maintained at least quarterly but can be initiated as often as needed to meet the ongoing needs of EFMP families.
Assigning Marine sponsors to locations that can support the needs of their family members ensures that the sponsor’s performance of duty is not inordinately affected by the demands of caring for their Exceptional Family Member. This allows the sponsor to concentrate on performing his/her duties and contributes to the operational readiness of Marine units. This is especially critical in overseas assignments where the provision of services may be limited. Successful execution of the EFMP improves the quality of life for Marine Corps families with special needs.
The EFMP has no impact on the deployment responsibilities of Marines. Overseas-unaccompanied assignments, unit deployments, and standard deployments must be carried out without interruption. When a family member’s needs conflict with such assignments, the assignment will be effected under the provision of a Humanitarian Assignment.
The Exceptional Family Member Program is designed to improve the quality of life of enrolled families and provides procedures and guidelines to facilitate the appropriate assignments. In achieving its goal the EFMP reduces family stress or hardship while minimizing the need for costly reassignments, especially OCONUS transfers due to the non-availability of adequate services.
Occasionally, a family member’s condition worsens to a level that the currently available medical services are no longer available and a Humanitarian Transfer is necessary to relocate to a location that can better meet the medical needs of a special needs family member. Or, a Marine may receive PCS orders that would be implemented during the course of critical medical treatments (e.g. chemotherapy, dialysis, transplant) for his family member and the attending physician does not recommend the PCS. These are just a few examples of why an EFMP enrolled Marine may need a Humanitarian Assignment.
Criteria for HUMS Assistance: