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Exceptional Family Member Program
This resource has been developed to provide information on the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) and the services surrounding the Fort Riley area.

The EFMP is a Department of the Army program designed to assist family members who have special needs. This is done to insure those soldiers and their families are assigned to areas which have those specialized services needed by their exceptional family member.

Enrollment in the EFMP is mandatory for all active duty soldiers who have dependants with special needs.

What does this mean? When you have a family member with any physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disorder that requires special treatment, therapy, and education, training or counseling. There are many conditions, which qualify family members for service through the EFMP. There is a thorough evaluation made of each individual referred to the EFMP.The EFMP Program working in concert with other military and civilian agencies, is designed to provide a comprehensive, coordinated, multi-agency approach for medical, educational, community support, housing, and personnel services to families with special needs. The program is designed to include all eligible family members ( children, spouses, dependent relatives) with special needs regardless of age.

The success of the EFMP depends on several factors. The first factor is a thorough evaluation of the condition and development of a complete treatment program; this is a medical and/or educational responsibility. A key to the success of the Exceptional Family Member Program is cooperation by the sponsor with the mandatory enrollment/requirement.

Facts about Enrollment in EFMP
  • Enrollment in the EFMP is not grounds for deletion, deferment or compassionate reassignment.
  • Enrollment is not a guarantee that the sponsor will not serve an unaccompanied tour.
  • Enrollment is not an automatic approval of family travel.
  • Enrollment from the EFMP is not made available to promotion boards or school selection boards.
  • Enrollment in the EFMP will not automatically move or change your place on the housing list. Exceptions to policy may be available to sponsors of EFM's, however the Housing office is the initial point of contact for this.
  • EFM's are enrolled permanently in the program unless medical or special education needs warrant case closure or the solider is separated from the Army. Soldiers are responsible for keeping their exceptional family member's medical and/or special education documentation current. A record update is required every three years or if the condition changes whichever comes first.

Objectives of the Exceptional Family Member Program:
  • To provide certain reimbursable and nonreimbursable medically related services to children with disabilities per DODI 1342.12 with the same priority as medical care to the active duty soldier.
  • To assess, document, and code the special education and medical needs of eligible family members in all locations, and forward these coded needs to the military personnel agencies for consideration during the assignment process.
  • To assign soldiers to an area where the EFM's medical and special education needs can be accommodated, provided there is a valid personnel requirement for the soldier's grade and specialty.
  • To ensure that all eligible family members receive information and assistance needed to involve them with community support services to meet their needs.
  • To ensure facility and program accessibility to individuals with disabilities.
  • To inform the gaining installation EFMP Manager of the arrival of family members.

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Many soldiers are reluctant to enroll their family members for fear they will be held back in their Army careers, or forced to leave the service.

This is discrimination and is NOT Army Policy. Coded information is to be used for the assignment of soldiers to areas that can best accommodate the needs of their families. HQDA will carefully consider documented special education and medical related needs and, when possible, assign soldiers to an area where a valid personnel requirement exists along with special facilities for family care. All soldiers will still remain eligible for all types of worldwide assignments.
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