Enrolment in the Exceptional Family Member Program is a requirement for active Army Soldiers with family members who have special medical and educational needs. 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.
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
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.
- Operation Autism – A Resource Guide for Military Families
- May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Columbus
- 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
- 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|
|Submit an ICE comment card|