The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory program per Marine Corps Order P1754.4B. The program is designed to assist monitors at HQMC in assigning Marines to locations where a continuum of care exists to meet the unique needs of their exceptional family member. The EFM Program also assists Marines by providing support and case management to enrolled families, training and education for parents, legal assistance through the EFMP Attorney, resources, referrals and respite care.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR EFMP?
An Exceptional Family Member (EFM) can be a spouse, child, stepchild, adopted child, foster child or dependent parent who meets the following criteria:
• Possesses a physical, intellectual or emotional disability and requires special medical and/or educational services.
• Enrolled in DEERS
• Resides with the sponsor (exceptions include geographical bachelors and family members receiving inpatient care or living in an educational setting).
HOW DO I ENROLL?
• Ensure your family member is enrolled in DEERS.
• Contact the EFMP office for assistance and information.
• Complete the DD Forms and return to the EFMP office for processing. Forms may be downloaded from the links below: DD 2792 enrollment form (EFMP medical summary) The DD Form 2792 Medical Summary must be completed for ALL enrollees even if the EFM is a child who is being enrolled for educational reasons. The medical summary portion (pages 4-7) must be fully completed and signed by each attending medical provider. (Must be MD, Physician’s Asst. or Family Nurse Practitioner.) The DD Form 2792 must be signed on pages 1-2 by parent/guardian or by EFM of majority age.
Asthma/Reactive Airway Disease Summary
This section is to be completed and signed by a medical provider if the family member has a history of asthma or reactive airway disease.
Mental Health Summary
This section is to be completed by the mental health provider if the family member has a history associated with mental health.
Autism Spectrum Disorders and Significant Developmental Delays
This section is to be completed and signed by a medical provider if the family member has a history of autism spectrum disorder and/or significant developmental delay.
DD 2792-1 enrollment form (Special education + early intervention summary) This form must be completed and signed by a school official for ALL children in school whether or not they are enrolled in a special education program. For children 3 and under this form only needs to be completed if they have an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). A copy of the current Individualized Education Program [ IEP ] or IFSP must be submitted.
• Family support/case management
• Informed assignment screening
• 40 hours of respite per month per family
• Special housing consideration (determined by HQMC)
• Continuation on location for Marines who qualify
• EFMP attorney assistance
• Assistance with TriCare ECHO (Extended Care Health Options) enrollment
• Relocation assistance
• Resources, referrals and linkages
FOR THE SAN DIEGO AREA • Support at IEP meetings and other agency meetings
• Support Groups (Talk Time)
• Focus Groups
UPDATES AND DISENROLLMENT
It is the responsibility of the sponsor to update every three years or sooner if criteria for enrollment changes of if there is a change in family status. Failure to update does not disenroll you from the EFM Program. To disenroll the DD Form 2792 must be signed by EFM’s physician annotating that enrollment is no longer needed. For a change in family status such as divorce or death, please contact the EFMP office for guidance. RESPITE PROGRAM If you are an EFMP-enrolled Marine or Sailor working aboard MCRD or on recruiting duty in the Western Recruiting Region, you may be eligible for the Respite Program. The Respite Program is a service that provides short-term or temporary care of a family member with special needs so that the regular caregiver may have some time off. This program allows a family enrolled in EFMP to receive reimbursement for up to 40 hours a month of respite care including coverage for siblings of children enrolled in EFMP. The rate of reimbursement is based on the special needs of the EFM and number and ages of children in the family. Respite care delivery options may include a care provider who the parent selects, child care centers, special needs childcare centers, visiting nurse services or camps. Respite cannot be used to cover work or school related child care expenses. Please call the EFMP office for more information.
MARINE ACCESS TO EFMP STATUS
Recently, the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) launched a website to assist sponsors in checking their EFMP status. The Case Management System (CMS) is the database we use to monitor enrollment or additional needs families may have. In order to establish an account, sponsors must have a Manpower & Reserve Affairs (M&RA) Portal account. Sponsors can sign up for M&RA Portal accounts at https://www.manpower.usmc.mil/registration Active and reserve Marines who request M&RA Portal accounts are automatically approved. Sponsors can then access their information via the CMS located at https://www.manpower.usmc.mil/efmp If a sponsor attempts to check his/her status without having a M&RA Portal account first, the CMS will give them a message instructing them to sign up for a Portal account and will provide the link. If you have difficulty registering on the Portal, please call the EFMP HQ help desk at 703.784-9030.
DO YOU KNOW THE RIGHT PATH IN THE MAZE OF SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMS? Too often programs and services go unused because we don't know they exist or don't know how to access them.And sometimes there are so many services available it’s hard to know which is the right one to use. The Exceptional Family Member Program wants to provide you with the proper tools.
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