The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) supports the continuum of care for all eligible sponsors and their family member in order to improve the quality of life for families that support a member with special medical and/or educational needs. EFMP staff and families work together to inform, educate and empower individuals to be the best advocate for themselves and/or their family member(s). The EFMP is a DOD-mandated enrollment program designed to support individual, family and unit readiness.
Enrolling in the Exceptional Family Member Program, requires completion of Form DD2792 (Exceptional Family Member Medical Summary). The form is completed by both the sponsor or parent and a qualified medical provider.
Any child identified or requiring services through an Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP), or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) are required to complete Form DD2792-1, in addition to the Medical Summary (Form DD2792).
A sponsor or family member may decline case management services provided by the local EFMP installation. If the sponsor or family member so chooses, he or she must sign an EFMP Declination of Services form. Once the Declination of Services form is processed, the local EFMP office will have no further contact with the individual or family. All future contacts will be conducted through HQMC.
Every 3 years, Exceptional Family Members are required to update their conditions by resubmitting a completed DD2792 to the local EFMP office. The update provides HQMC the opportunity to reevaluate the original condition. Children receiving services through an IFSP or IEP must complete Form DD2792-1as well.
Respite care is designed to provide short periods of rest and relaxation to the caregivers of Exceptional Family Members (EFM’s) with significant needs. EFMP enrolled families, who are determined eligible to receive respite care by Headquarters Marine Corps EFMP, are able to receive reimbursement for up to 20 hours per month of respite care, not to exceed 6 hours per day, which is time designated for leisure. EFM’s eligible to utilize respite care are determined by Headquarters Marine Corps EFMP. Respite care cannot be used for preschool, seeking or working a job, medical appointments, transportation, house cleaning, therapeutic camps or attending college.
Care is provided by the skilled care provider of your choice. Care may be provided in your home or community agency. Eligible families must provide proof of respite care provider's skill level to the EFMP office priot to utilizing care.
Payment amounts are determined by the installation EFMP Manager based on the level of care needed for each child.
Families stationed aboard MCAS Yuma live in the West Region for TRICARE coverage. United Health Care (UHC) is TRICARE West Regional Contractor.
The Exceptional Family Member Program Lending Library contains information in various formats on a variety of issues: from ADHD to Caregiving, and from Cerebral Palsy to Visual & Hearing Impairments. Two items can be borrowed at the same time for a period of three weeks.
Please find the list of materials and equipment available for check-out below.
Contact our Training & Outreach Specialist for more information or to borrow materials.
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