Exceptional Family Member Program
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is designed to provide support to military family members with special needs. The EFMP is a multidisciplinary assignment tool that interfaces with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated medical, educational, community and personnel support to military families with special needs. EFMP documents long-term medical needs (including physical and mental health) and special education needs of exceptional family members as mandated by OPNAVINST 1757.2C. Enrollment in EFMP ensures consideration of the needs of the family members in the detailing process.
To determine whether the program applies to you, answer the following questions. If you answer “yes” to any of them, contact your local hospital/clinic, or the EFMP resource specialist at your local Fleet and Family Support Center for additional information. It’s important that you enroll before your projected rotation date (PRD) to ensure your detailer considers your family’s special needs prior to selecting your next duty station.
- Do you have a child with a disability?
- Do you have a dependent child over 21 in the incapacitated dependent program?
- Do you have a child in special education more than 10 percent of the school day?
- Do you have a spouse or child receiving treatment for cancer, lupus, heart disease, leukemia, diabetes, mental illness, or other long term illness?
- Do you have a family member in a residential treatment facility?
- Do you have a child receiving medical care through a state medical program?
- Do you have a family member receiving supplemental security income (SSI) benefits?
- Are you a geographic bachelor because a family member’s special medical or educational needs?