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Exceptional Family Member Program

The EFMP is open. 


For questions or concerns about the Exceptional Family Member Program, please contact Fox Army at +1(256)955-8888 x 1274.

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical, and personnel services to Families with special needs.

Soldiers on active duty enroll in the program when they have a Family member with a physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual challenge requiring specialized services so their needs can be considered in the military personnel assignment process. Family members must be screened and enrolled, if eligible, when the Soldier is on assignment instructions to an OCONUS area for which command sponsorship, Soldier can elect to serve an accompanied tour. This screening consists of medical records review for all Family members. Soldiers are responsible for keeping their EFMP enrollment current as Exceptional Family Member (EFM) conditions change or at least every three years, whichever comes first.

Enrollment Conditions for EFMP

(Any condition that warrants seeing a "specialist in that field", any child that is enrolled in the Early Intervention Program, or an child that has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) must be enrolled in EFMP.

Possible Enrollment Conditions

(not an all-inclusive list)

  • ADHD
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Brain Injury
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Epilepsy
  • Hearing Impaired
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Speech Delay
  • Spina Bifida
  • Visually Impaired

For enrollment forms, please contact the EFMP Special Needs Advisor at Fox Army Health Center, (256) 955-8888 ext. 1466.

EFMP Respite Care Program

EFMP Respite Care is a program that provides a temporary rest period for Family Members responsible for regular care of persons with disabilities. Care may be provided in the EFMP Respite Care user's home or other settings such as special needs camp and enrichment programs. It is time limited based on the exceptional Family member's (EFM) medical condition and availability of funding. EFMP Respite Care is not an entitlement or a guaranteed benefit.

Who is eligible for the Army Community Service (ACS) EFMP Respite Care Program?

You must be an active duty Soldier or Marine enrolled in the EFMP. In addition, your EFM must meet medical criteria. Respite care funds do not substitute for services provided by your local or state educational institution for medically related services.


Respite Care Application

Medical Eligibilty for Respite Care Program:

A medical provider must indicate whether the EFM meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Little or no age appropriate self-help skills.
  • Severe continuous seizure activity.
  • Ambulation with neurological impairment that requires assistance with activities of daily living.
  • Tube Feeding.
  • Tracheotomy with frequent suctioning.
  • Apnea monitoring during hours of sleep, if another family member must remain awake during monitoring.
  • Inability to control behavior with safety issues requiring constant supervision.
  • Life threatening or chronic condition requiring frequent hospitalizations or treatment encounters, which require extensive family involvement in care giving.

Upon completion of documents, call to make an appointment with the Installation EFMP Manager at (256) 842-8541.

The Multidisciplinary Inclusion Action Team (MIAT)

The Multidisciplinary Inclusion Action Team (MIAT) establishes guidelines and procedures to meet every child's special needs by determining the safest, least-restrictive and most appropriate placement within a Child and Youth Services (CYS) program.

The purpose of the MIAT is to ensure that your child, youth or teen's environment and involvement in a CYS program will promote positive interaction with peers and stimulate physical involvement in activities within their ability. In addition, medication needs, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and School Behavior Plans will be taken into consideration to help accommodate the child's needs. One on one care is not provided through the Centers.

Your participation in the MIAT process is a key element to your child's growth and development, and is strongly encouraged and valued. We will work together as a team to help ensure the most appropriate placement of children with special needs in the CYS programs.

Additional Information

It is suggested that transferring Soldiers with school-aged EFMs and with children in the Early Intervention System hand-carry the following documents when they PCS: a copy of the child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP)/Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), copies of any assessments/evaluations that have been performed, correspondence with school and medical staff, immunization records, birth certificates, medical and diagnostic records maintained by previous school, and the school progress reports/report cards. IMPORTANT: All families should ensure they have a minimum of 30 days of required medication when relocating.

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