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Exceptional Family Member

Exceptional Family Member Program

The Navy's Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) serves military 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.

The EFMP includes identification of the family member's special needs and enrollment in the program, assignment coordination and family support. The Program assists Sailors during the assignment process by addressing the special needs of their exceptional family members (EFM) and ensuring they are assigned to areas where they can access necessary resources.

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.  

The Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) application provides electronic EFMP enrollment and enrollment update capability, allows the service member to track the status of enrollment and provides a means to record and maintain EFM information, referrals and individualized service plans. A Family Member’s User Guide is available under the help tab. 

The Fleet and Family Support Program is the Information and Referral (I&R) conduit for questions regarding EFM resources in the local community.

EFMP Liaisons located at Fleet and Family Support Centers:

  • Provide information, referral and system navigation to special needs families.
  • Link families with available military, national and local community resources.
  • Provide non-medical case management.
  • Develop and maintain Individual Service Plans (ISP).
  • Partner with the MTF Coordinators to provide information, education and marketing.
     

The Military Treatment Facility conducts overseas and suitability screening, and assists with EFMP enrollment.

EFMP Coordinators located at Military Treatment Facilities:

  • Oversee the identification and enrollment of eligible service members and their families.
  • Provide enrollment forms, offer help in the preparation of the forms, review completed forms for accuracy, and forward the enrollment package to the Central Screening Committee.
  • At overseas MTFs, coordinate with the DoDDs and the local Educational and Developmental Intervention Services program.
  • Partner with the FFSC EFMP Liaisons to provide EFM Program information, education and marketing.
     
    EFMP enrollment is mandatory and required immediately upon identification of a special need.

DD Form 2792 (PDF), Exceptional Family Member Medical and Educational Summary and DD Form 2792-1 (PDF), Exceptional Family Member Special Education / Early Intervention Summary are used for enrollment.

NOTE: DoD civilian employees and their family members do not enroll in the EFMP.

Exceptional Family Member Program Respite Care is specifically designed for Navy families who have children identified as Exceptional Family Members (EFM), category IV or V. This includes exceptional family members whose medical condition requires assignment near major medical facilities in the continental United States, or whose needs are complex and specialized requiring continuity of care.

Additional EFMP information can be found by visiting:

Navy Personnel Command - Exceptional Family Member

Military One Source - EFMP/Special Needs

Download a copy of the DoD Special Needs Parent Tool Kit in English and eight additional languages.

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