Exceptional Family Member Program

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) provides an all-inclusive approach for community, educational, medical, housing and personnel services for Families with special needs. The EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program for sponsors with qualifying family members. Enrollment in the EFMP ensures maximum provision of services to the family throughout the sponsor’s career.

Special needs include special medical, dental, mental health, developmental or educational requirements, the requirement for adaptive equipment assistive technology devices and services and/or wheelchair accessibility.

EFMP Liaisons can assist EFM families in identifying special needs services and resources by locating local military & civilian resources, special education assistance, social & support groups, treatment providers, and information about local disability services.

EFMP Respite Care helps military families with children with special needs by providing 40 hours of respite care per month so they can leave the house, go to an appointment, or just rest, while knowing that their child is well cared for.

Note: Enrollment is mandatory for all Service Members who have family members with special needs.

Benefits to Service Members, Families and Commands:

  • Networking, information, referral, and resources, and assistance during PCS moves
  • Peace of mind for deployed service members and their families
  • Enhances command readiness through support to the service member and family
  • Improves retention by providing support to skilled sailors who may otherwise have considered separation in order to best meet their family’s needs
  • Decreases costly overseas returns by proactively ensuring that duty assignments are made with special needs taken into consideration