The Marine Corps Community Service (MCCS) Okinawa provides family support programs for Sailors and their families on Okinawa.
Visit the MCCS Okinawa website for information on the following:
- Family Advocacy: The Family Advocacy Program is comprised of licensed counselors and case managers that provide professional assessments and treatment for couples and families who have experienced domestic violence. The Family Advocacy Program focuses on helping families and individuals empower themselves to make positive change in their lives.
- FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) is a family resiliency training program designed to promote resiliency in military children and families. Deployments can affect the entire family, and children in particular may experience stress and anxiety related to the separation from a parent.
- The New Parent Support Program (NPSP) is comprised of a professional team of clinical social workers/counselors and nurses who provide supportive and caring services to expectant parents and military families with children under the age of 5. The NPSP is designed to be a reliable resource of information and answers for moms and dads. Since Grandma may be an ocean away and isn’t always available by phone, we offer free classes that teach the skills needed for successful parenting.
- Personal and Family Counselors are available to provide individual, marital and family counseling for service members and their families. Licensed and experienced counselors are here to help you or your family with the challenges of military life, marriage, parenting, deployment, and reunion and reintegration. These challenges can affect your emotional well being, relationships, family life and military readiness. Services are confidential, within the limits of the law, and counseling records are not kept permanently or part of any medical record.
- Prevention Briefs & Presentations: Prevention Specialists offer educational briefs and workshops to units, commands, community organizations and individuals. All presentations can be customized to meet your goals or to address specific needs. Click the link for more information on their services.
- Sexual Assault Prevention and Response: Sexual Assault is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Victims of sexual assault cannot consent if they are incapacitated by either alcohol, drugs, illness, or injury.
Sexual assault includes rape, forcible sodomy (oral or anal sex), and other unwanted sexual contact that is aggravated, abusive, or wrongful (to include unwanted and inappropriate sexual contact), or attempts to commit these acts.
- Substance Abuse Counseling: The Behavioral Health-Substance Abuse Counseling Center (BH-SACC) provides care for active duty military members, family members and other eligible beneficiaries with substance abuse and/or gambling disorders. BH-SACC offers assistance at all stages, from Alcohol Abuse Prevention Workshops, Screening Assessments, Alcohol Aware Class and Alcohol IMPACT to Outreach & Education for Military Commands, Out-Patient Treatment (OP) and Intensive Out-Patient Treatment (IOP), Detoxification, Coordination of Residual Treatment and Continuing Care. BH-SACC also offers counseling services for pathological or compulsive gambling and tobacco cessation with appropriate medication and consultation and the Fostering Friends and Family Program—a 4-Day Educational Workshop on the influence of addictions within family relationships that covers the characteristics of an addict, family roles, unspoken rules, setting boundaries, healthy communication skills, relaxation techniques and much more.
- Support and Educational Groups: Short and longer term support, educational and counseling groups are available. Visit the website for more information.
- Victim Advocates (VAs) are available 24 hours a day to provide ongoing support services to victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault. In some cases, victims have the option of making a restricted report of domestic violence or sexual assault. Restricted reporting is not available in all situations, so please speak to a VA prior to making a report to learn all the options available. If you experience, or know of, a domestic violence incident please call 911 or local law enforcement. The sexual assault hotline is available 24 hours a day for victims of sexual assault at 645-HOPE (4673). Victim advocates also provide command briefs and training on issues related to sexual/assault/domestic violence and child abuse reporting.
Exceptional Needs Family Members
The Navy's Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is designed to assist sailors by addressing the special needs of their exceptional family members (EFM) during the assignment process. Special needs include any special medical, dental, mental health, developmental or educational requirement, wheelchair accessibility, adaptive equipment or assistive technology devices and services.
In the Navy EFM Program, the primary function is the PERSONNEL FUNCTION. The Navy EFMP Coordinators are located at the medical treatment facility, not at the Fleet and Family Support Centers (all Fleet and Family Support Centers have an EFMP liaison). The Navy EFMP Coordinators serve both Personnel and Family Support functions, but with an emphasis on the Personnel function.
The goal of the EFMP is to ensure the special needs of the EFM can be met at a new assignment location. EFMP enrollment information enables Navy detailers to proactively consider a family member's special need requirements during the assignment process and to pinpoint the assignment to a location with appropriate resources that address the special needs. Successful implementation requires up-to-date enrollment information and extensive coordination among the personnel, medical, and educational communities.
EFMP enrollment is mandatory and required immediately upon identification of a special need. DD Form 2792, Exceptional Family Member Medical and Educational Summary and DD Form 2792-1, Exceptional Family Member Special Education/Early Intervention Summary are used for enrollment.
Command points of contact and Navy medical treatment facility (MTF) EFMP coordinators can assist service and family members with the enrollment process.
Sailors may be reluctant to enroll because of misconceptions that EFMP enrollment may limit assignments and career advancement, or preclude family members from accompanying sponsors on overseas tours. These negative perceptions are not supported by fact. Sailors enrolled in the EFMP have always received equal consideration for accompanied assignments and for promotions.
The Navy Exceptional Family Member Program mailing address is:
Navy Personnel Command
Exceptional Family Member Program (PERS-451)
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38055-6210