Exceptional Family Member Program
The program helps Soldiers and family members with special needs receive the support and resources they need to thrive and manage stresses that may affect mission and family readiness.
Services include information and referral, community support, advocacy, a monthly support group, resource directory and library, weekly open swim, respite care, recreational and cultural activities, and Special Needs Accommodation Process (SNAP) meetings with Child, Youth & School Services. Click here for the latest edition of the EFMP Newsletter.
The EFMP works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated medical, educational, housing, community support, and personnel services. The EFMP is a Department of the Army program which functions under the provisions of Army Regulation AR 608-75. 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 three 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. Service members are still open to serve on unaccompanied tours.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is an Exceptional Family Member?
An EFM is a Soldier's immediate family member, child or adult, with any physical, emotional, developmental, behavioral, mental, or intellectual disorder that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training, or counseling on an on-going basis.
Who must enroll in the EFMP?
The following Soldiers with exceptional Family members must enroll in the program: Active duty Army, Reserve Soldiers in the USAR Active Guard and Reserve Program and any reserve component Soldiers on active duty longer than 30 days, and Army National Guard AGR personnel serving under authority of Title 10, United States Code.
Must Department of the Army Civilians enroll?
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 impact 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 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.
What is the MEDDAC EFMP?
The MEDDAC EFMP, located in room 175-68 on the first floor in the Pediatric Department of Martin Army Community Hospital, handles enrollments, updates, dis-enrollments, overseas screenings and questions about the availability of services in the Fort Benning area. Enrollment updates are required every three years or if the medical or educational condition/status changes. Call the MEDDAC EFMP office at 706- 544-1133.
What is respite care?
The EFMP provides temporary relief, or "respite," for the EFM's primary caregiver. Families who meet specific criteria are eligible for respite care, including the monthly respite night out program. For more information, call 706-545-2536 or 706-545-7517.
What if I'm heading overseas?
Service members will receive overseas screening documents at their levy briefing, see instructions here including the Exceptional Family Member Special Education/Early Intervention Summary and the Exceptional Family Member Medical Summary.
Special Needs Recreational Activities and Resources
- Parent Resource Exchange, allows families with special needs to share resources. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 11am at ACS EFMP Conference room on Main Post. A list of local resource support groups is also available through EFMP.
- Exceptional Family Member Resource Library, videos, books and other materials are available at in Room 138 at Army Community Service, Building 7, on Baltzell Avenue.
- Challenger Baseball League, for information, call 706-748-2205 or 706-681-0805.
- May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Columbus
- Muscogee County Autism Support Group
- Easter Seals of West Georgia
- May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Columbus, Ga
- Autism Hope Center/Support Group
- Autism Learning Center, 6100 Veterans Pkway, Columbus, Ga
- Chattahoochee Valley Down Syndrome Support Group
- Muscogee Moms
- Muscogee County Autism Support Group
- GA Parent 2 Parent
- Alabama Parent Education Center
- A Guide to Georgia Medicaid Programs and Medicaid Waivers
- Social Security Administration, Columbus, Ga
- Special Olympics
- Alabama Operation Military Kids Camp Registration
- The Arc of Greater Columbus
Hours & Contact Information
|Address||Building 7, Baltzell Avenue (view on map)|
|Phone||706-545-5521, 706-545-6545 and 706-545-2679|
|Contact the Exceptional Family Member Program manager|
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