Exceptional Family Member Program
Serving Air Force Families with Special Needs
Phone: (405) 739-2747 DSN: 339-2747
Mon-Fri: 7:30AM - 4:30PM
After Hours by Appointment
Closed Holidays & AFMC Family Days
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment program that works with military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical, and personnel services to active duty personnel and their family members. The program is designed to assist active duty personnel during the assignment process by identifying an Exceptional Family Members (EFM) having special physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual needs. Assignment coordination ensures families are assigned to areas where access to necessary resources will be readily available.
Components of EFMP
The EFMP supports military families with special medical and educational needs. The program has three components:
· EFMP-Medical: Identification and Enrollment
· EFMP-Assignment: Assignment Consideration/Coordination
· EFMP-Family Support: Community Resource/Referral/Relocation Information
Enrollment in EFMP is the key to readiness.
Family members with special medical or educational needs, including a spouse, child or a dependent adult, should enroll in the program. This includes family members who require special medical services for a chronic condition or those family members receiving ongoing services from a medical specialist, having significant behavioral health concerns, receiving early intervention or special education services through an individualized education program or individualized family service plan.
Enrollment in the EFMP ensures a family member's documented medical and educational needs are considered during the assignment process. It also allows families to receive the support and assistance they need to navigate medical and educational systems.
Navigating the System
Locating and navigating formal programs and services and informal supports when relocating can be difficult. The EFMP Family Support can help bridge that gap, as well as help families understand available programs, determine program eligibility and apply for benefits or entitlements. Navigating the world of resources, paperwork and requirements in the Exceptional Family Member Program can seem overwhelming, but Tinker's EFMP team is determined to provide a clear, streamlined path for Airman and their Exceptional Family Member.
Several resources are available to support families enrolled in EFMP. Please contact your EFMP-FS Coordinator for more information concerning the below listing and other available resources.
· EFMP Support Group: third Thursday of each month, 5:30-7:00, Balfour Center, TAFB
· EFMP Respite Care: free care for EFM children and siblings
· Give Parents A Break Childcare
· Tinker's EFMP Resource Library: books and DVD's available for checkout
· Summer Camps
· Resource Fairs
· Training Seminars/Educational Workshops