Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
provides a comprehensive and all-inclusive approach in coordinating military and civilian community, educational, medical, housing, and personnel services to help Soldiers and their Families with special needs.
Exceptional Family Member (EFM)
An EFM is a Family member with any physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disorder that requires specialized treatment, therapy, education, training, or counseling, and meets the eligibility criteria. Some examples of EFMs are those with asthma, autism or PDD, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD), diabetes, arthritis, depression, bipolar, or schizophrenia, anxiety/phobias, and panic disorders, learning disabilities or any special education services, and high-risk newborns.
Identification and Enrollment
- Active Duty Army
- U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers in the USAR – Active Guard Reserve program
- USAR Soldiers on active duty exceeding 30 days
- U.S. Army National Guard personnel serving under the authority of title 10, United States Code.
Fort Sill’s Military Treatment Facility (MTF) is Reynolds Army Health Clinic with the EFMP office located on the first floor in the Integrity Clinic.
Enrollment in the EFMP is mandatory (AR 608-75) for active-duty service members who have a family member (spouse, child, or dependent adult) with a qualifying medical, mental health, and/or educational condition. Your MTF EFMP office processes enrollment, disenrollment, updates, and overseas screenings.
Service Members are responsible for keeping their EFMP enrollment current as EFM conditions change or at least every three years, whichever comes first.
For medical or behavioral health assessment and diagnosis and updates, refer to your Primary Care physician. For educational assessment and updates refer to your local early intervention agency or your school’s special education personnel. Begin the process in a timely manner to ensure continuity of care.
Family Member Travel Screening is required for ALL family members being considered for accompanied OCONUS (to include Alaska and Hawaii) assignments, regardless of EFMP enrollment. If a special medical and/or educational need is identified during the screening, enrollment in the EFMP will be initiated.
The availability of medical and/or educational services to support the needs of family members must be verified for all locations prior to travel approval.
Downloadable Instruction Sheets and Forms
DA Form 5888 - Family Member Deployment Screening Sheet
DD Form 2792 - Family Member Medical Summary
DD Form 2792-1 Early Intervention Special Education Summary
Assignment coordination occurs when the personnel command requests that Department of Defense medical and/or educational professionals review a family member's documented needs to determine availability of services at a projected location. While the military mission is the driving force, enrollment in EFMP ensures that a family member’s special medical and/or educational needs are considered, since appropriate services may be limited in some locations. HRC is the final approval authority for assignments.
Army Community Service EFMP and System Navigation Family Support office is located in the Welcome Center on the 1st
EFMP Family Support assists families with special needs by helping them identify and access programs and services. This includes but is not limited to:
- Development of family needs assessment and service plans
- Information and Referral for military and community services
- Educational workshops, recreational activities, and support groups
- Respite Care Services
- Local school and early intervention services information and advocacy
- Advice on the processes and procedures for compassionate reassignments, stabilization, and housing accommodations
- Relocation and Transition coordination
Contact a Representative
To find an EFMP representative, visit the Military Installations website.