Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
What is the EFMP?
EFMP is the Exceptional Family Member Program and Active Duty Soldiers enroll in the program when they have a Family member with physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disorder requiring specialized services. This program also allows their needs to be considered in the military personnel assignment process. The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical, and personnel services to Families with special needs. Each branch has its own EFMP and enrollment process.
EFMP family support services are also available at your installation. The family support services team is located at the Army Community Services (ACS) Building and is your main point of contact for EFMP information. They can connect you with:
•Military Support Services and Resources
•Community Support Services and Resources
Contact the local ACS EFMP Manager/Systems Navigator at 520-533-2330/520-538-5899, which can be found at the ACS Building, Bldg. 50010, Smith Ave., Fort Huachuca, 85613. You can contact the Medical/Education EFMP Office at 520-533-9035.
Enterprise Exceptional Family Member Program (E-EFMP):
The Army EFMP has transitioned to using the Enterprise Exceptional Family Member Program (E-EFMP) to process all EFMP and Family Member Travel paperwork. As a result, certain processes have changed. Please reference The U.S. Army Enterprise E-EFMP website and FAQs for more details.
If you have questions regarding the new processes, or any of the required EFMP actions, contact the EFMP staff by sending an e-mail to email@example.com
or by calling 520-533-9035.
OCONUS screenings are conducted by face-to-face with a Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center healthcare provider. Soldiers and family members may initiate the process through the E-EFMP website. Call Central Appointments at 520-533-9200 to schedule an “Overseas Screening Appointment” for each family member listed on the DA Form 5888.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is an Exceptional Family Member?
An Exceptional Family Member is a Family Member (child or adult) with physical, emotional, developmental or intellectual disability that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training or counseling.
Is the Exceptional Family Program Mandatory?
Enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program is MANDATORY, based on public law and Department of Defense mandates. It works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated medical, educational, housing, community support, and personnel services to Service Member’s Families with special needs. This information assists military assignment personnel in matching the family member's special MEDICAL needs against the availability of medical services at the projected duty station. This information assists military assignment personnel in matching the child's special EDUCATION needs against the availability of educational services at the projected duty station.
How do I enroll in the Exceptional Family Member Program?
The service member contacts the Exceptional Family Member Program staff if he or she has any questions. Otherwise, the AD Army service member will initiate the process in E-EFMP. Summary of the EFMP Process follows:
1. The EFMP Medical Summary Form (DD Form 2792) is completed by the sponsor/spouse and PCM.
2. The EFMP Educational Summary Form (DD Form 2792-1) is completed by the sponsor/spouse and school or early intervention social worker.
3. For EFMs with medical conditions seen at Raymond W. Bliss, schedule an EFMP appointment with a primary care manager for an EFMP enrollment, update, or disenrollment. If applicable, bring all supporting CIVILIAN/NETWORK medical records associated with applicable diagnoses/conditions to the appointment.
4. For EFMs with medical conditions seen by a primary care manager not at Raymond W. Bliss, then the AD Service Member of the EFM will provider their PCM a paper copy of the 2792 for completion and the service member or EFM must upload it to E-EFMP. Submitted documentation must be legible.
5. For EFMs with an IFSP, IEP, and/or 504 plan, the school (NOT the PCM) must complete the DD Form 2792-1.
Note: The provider must complete all eight (8) pages of the DD Form 2792. For any portion of the document not applicable to the EFMs, the provider should mark N/A or NOT APPLICABLE and line through the form. Submitted documentation must be legible. EFMs 18 or older must sign their own 2792 and/or 2792-1.
Note: The ASTHMA, MENTAL HEALTH, and AUTISM/ADHD addendums must be completed, if applicable, for all applicable conditions within the last five (5) years.
If my family member is enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program can my family go with me overseas?
The Exceptional Family Member Program medical staff screens all family members for possible enrollment in this program. If the family member has any type of special medical, emotional or educational need, their packet is sent forward to Overseas Reassignment Exceptional Family Member Program for determination for availability of services. If services are available 'yes', family members may accompany the service member. If services are NOT available 'no', family members may not accompany the service member. Accompanied tours are NOT guaranteed and do not have an impact on operational assignments, to include deployments. Assignment decisions are made by military assignment, Human Resources (HR) personnel, not the EFMP.
Does enrollment have any impact on the service member's career?
Enrollment in EFMP does not adversely affect selection for promotion, schools, or assignment. Information concerning enrollment in EFMP or any of the data used in the program is NOT made available to selection boards.
What are the benefits of enrollment in EFMP?
Enrollment allows assignment managers at service specific agencies to consider the documented medical and special education needs of Exceptional Family Members in the assignment process. When possible, service members are assigned to an area where the medical and special education needs of the Exceptional Family Member can be met. This is the primary purpose of the EFMP. This will depend on the valid personnel requirement for the service member’s grade, specialty, and eligibility for the tour. All service members are still eligible for worldwide assignments.
Army Community Service (ACS) Exceptional Family Member Program
Army EFMP Respite Care, SNAP (Special Needs Accommodation Process), MIAT (Multi-disciplinary Inclusion Action Team), and other services are available through the ACS EFMP.
The ACS EFMP program offers numerous services distinctly separate from the medical/education enrollment/update process available at RWB Health Center.
Fort Huachuca ACS EFMP is located at Bldg. 50010, Smith Ave., Fort Huachuca, 85613. The Fort Huachuca EFMP Program Manager may be contacted at 520-533-2330.
What is the ECHO Program?
Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) is a financial assistance program that provides for services and supplies beyond what is offered by TRICARE. Enrollment in EFMP must be completed to be eligible for ECHO. Examples of things covered by ECHO include Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) or additional durable medical equipment (DME).