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Beale AFB California
The Air Force’s Exceptional Family Member Program-Family Support (EFMP-FS) is the community support function provided by the Airman & Family Readiness Centers (A&FRC). EFMP-FS is designed to provide support to family members—both adult & children with special needs. The EFMP-FS Coordinator services include, but are not limited to:
Please note: The EFFMP-FS Coordinator is here to assist families in finding a variety of resource options on BEALE AFB and in the local community. The AFRC does not give official endorsement to programs, organizations, or service providers.
What is EFMP?
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is designed to assist our service members manage their dual demands of a military career and having a family member with special needs, whether medical, emotional or educational. EFMP is offered by all branches of the military and each Service includes a variety of personnel, medical and family support functions under the EFMP umbrella.
• EFMP-M (Medical) support, provided by the Air Force Medical Service.
• EFMP-FS (Family Support) offered by the Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC).
• EFMP-A (Assignments) coordinates relocation of EFMs with their sponsors.
All components of the EFMP work together with other military and civilian agencies to enhance the quality of life for families as they relocate around the world with their sponsors.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center provides the family support component to the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). The AFRC at Beale AFB has an EFMP-FS Coordinator on staff to assist families in finding the resources they need while stationed at Beale. The program provides information and referral, advocacy, support, special events, educational opportunities and many other services.
You will find the medical component to this program at the 9th Medical Group. This is where you will register your exceptional family member into EFMP (this is called Q-coding). The EFMP Coordination associated with this process can be reached at (530) 634-6268.
What is an exceptional family member?
An Exceptional Family Member is any family member enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) who has a diagnosed physical, intellectual or emotional-psychological condition that requires ongoing specialized medical or educational services.
Enrollment in the EFMP is mandatory for active duty Airmen and requires the identification of all family members requiring long term general medical, special education, Early Intervention (EI) and/or Related Services (RS), or modified housing in accordance with (IAW) AFI 36-2110.
The member must contact the Military Treatment Facility (MTF) Special Needs Coordinator (SNC) POC for initiating EFMP enrollment, a complete evaluation, assessment, and possible enrollment for identified family members.
Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members are not required to enroll in the EFMP but are eligible for information and referral services through their local A&FRC or unit EFMP representative. Reserve and Guard members on Title 10 orders for longer than 30 days are entitled to additional resources such as medical and respite care. Members are encouraged to contact the A&FRC or the MTF to inquire about additional assistance.
All Total Force members, not enrolled in the EFMP, are eligible to receive EFMP-FS information and referral services.
At Beale AFB, enrollments, updates and disenrollments are processed by the EFMP-M, located at the 9th Medical Group 530-634-5421. Medical providers, sponsors or family members will need to complete DD Form 2792 and DD Form 2792-1 (if applicable) and forward to the EFMP-M office with any supporting attachments.
Information about enrollment is not given to selection boards nor does it adversely affect an Airman’s selection for promotion, schools, or assignments.
Updates and Disenrollment
It is the responsibility of the sponsor to update every three years or sooner if conditions or needs change. Failure to update does not equate to disenrollment from EFMP. To disenroll from EFMP, the DD Form 2792 must be signed by EFM's physician annotating that enrollment is no longer needed. If the EFM is a child who had an IEP, the DD Form 2792-1 will need to be completed by the school annotating that the child no longer qualifies for services under an IEP. For a change in family status such as divorce, death or if the EFM no longer resides with the sponsor, please contact the EFMP office for guidance.
What is the purpose of enrollment in the program?
Enrollment allows assignment managers to consider the documented needs of exceptional family members- both adult and children. This assists the Air Force Personnel Center in assigning families to areas where the member’s special needs may be met. Each assignment will depend on a valid personnel requirement for the sponsor’s grade, specialty, and tour eligibility.
Benefits of Enrollment in EFMP
EFMP Quick Reference Guide:
AF EFMP Guide:
The word respite means “relief.” Respite Child Care is designed to give families a break from caring for their children, and allows parents time to do things that are relaxing, entertaining or restful while the respite provider cares for their children. A respite break might mean that a parent can take time for a walk, go to the commissary without children, take a nap, or see a friend while a well-trained provider cares for the children.
There are two different types of Respite Care for eligible EFMP families, the Air Force EFMP Respite Child Care and the Tricare ECHO Respite Care.
Air Force EFMP Respite Child CareWhat is Air Force EFMP Respite Child Care?
U.S. Air Force (USAF) Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) families stationed throughout the country have children who require child care services. Some children have special needs that require unique child care considerations. Finding and paying for quality child care for children with special needs can also present significant challenges for military families. The U.S. Air Force EFMP has established a quality respite child care program for families with children having special needs and who are enrolled in the USAF EFMP. Respite Child Care is specially designed for Air Force families who have children diagnosed with moderate or severe special needs.
Where is the program available?
The Air Force EFMP Respite Child Care Program is available for all service members stationed at an Air Force Base within the Continental United States (CONUS) as well as Hawaii and Alaska. Additionally, Child Care Aware® of America will attempt to locate a provider for all Air Force service members who are stationed at alternative locations in the Continental United States.
How much will Air Force EFMP Respite Child Care cost my family?
Respite Child Care is free to eligible families.
Who is eligible for Air Force EFMP Respite Child Care?
Airmen are eligible if:
Families or interested providers call Child Care Aware® of America toll-free at (800) 424-2246.
How do I apply for Air Force Respite Child Care?
Child Care Aware® of America will connect the Airman’s family to the local participating agency. The agency will work individually with each family to complete the necessary application and assist with connecting the family to a local respite child care provider who will meet their needs.
Families or interested providers call Child Care Aware® of America toll-free at (800) 424-2246. The online application can be found by visiting Child Care Aware at: http://usa.childcareaware.org/military-programs/military-families/air-force/exceptional-family-member-program-efmp-respite-care/
Want to become an EFMP Respite Care Provider?
Child Care Aware® of America partners with the U.S. Air Force and U. S. Navy to provide EFMP Respite Care to eligible families. Together we have established a quality respite child care program for families with children (birth through 18 years) who have special needs and are enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program.
To find out how you can become an EFMP Respite Care provider, please call Child Care Aware® of America at (800) 424-2246 for more information.
Tricare ECHO Respite Care:
Respite care under the Tricare ECHO benefit is designed to provide temporary relief or rest for the primary caregiver of a homebound beneficiary who requires frequent care.
Respite care (during any month when at least one other ECHO benefit is received and limited to the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
ECHO respite care: up to 16 hours of care in any calendar month in which they also receive any other ECHO-authorized benefit other than the EHHC benefit
EHHC respite care: up to eight hours per day, five days per week ( for those who qualify)
Primary Caregivers is defined as anyone who takes care of the patient at home and helps with daily activities.
The primary caregiver may qualify for:
COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMS
GIVE PARENTS A BREAK Child Care Vouchers
This program is intended to help reduce stresses due to the nature of military life: deployments, remote tours of duty, caring for family members with special needs, frequent moves, extended working hours, etc.
• Families may be referred to this program by Commanders, 1st Sergeants, Chaplains, medical professionals and A&FRC staff.
• Certificates are issued for a specified period of time and may be renewed.
• Child care is provided at most base child development centers during specified periods.
Contact your EFMP-FS Coordinator for additional information, 530-634-2863.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:
Does enrollment have any impact on the sponsor’s career?
Enrollment in EFMP does not adversely affect selection for promotions, schools, or assignments. EFMP or any of the data used in the program is not made available to selection boards. EFMP enrollment does not guarantee assignment deletions, deferments, or compassionate reassignments. All service members are still eligible for worldwide assignments. EFMP enrollment will not guarantee that a sponsor will not serve on unaccompanied tours.
Are special education needs always considered in the military personnel assignment process?
Special education needs are only considered in assignments outside the United States. Assignments within the continental United States and Trust Territories are not based on the educational needs of children. All local school systems must obey public laws regarding the provisions of special education.
What is the Air Force EFMP screening process if my family will be accompanying me to an overseas assignment?
The Family Member Relocation Clearance (FMRC) is a mandatory process used by the Air Force to screen all family members traveling overseas with their sponsors, as well as those family members with previously identified special medical and educational needs who are relocating within the continental United States (CONUS). The FMRC process follows these steps:
“I will be forced into assignments that will hinder promotions and career opportunities”
Enrollment cannot prejudice advancement or career opportunities of sponsors. The sponsor has the option of accepting an assignment while the Family is supported in another location.
“As an EFMP sponsor, I cannot be deployed”
The program has no impact on the deployment responsibilities of the sponsor. Overseas unaccompanied, unit deployments, and standard deployments must be carried out without interruption. A Family Care Plan is the means to provide for a Family member with special needs when the Soldier is deployed, TDY, or otherwise not available because of military duty. To learn more about Family Care Plans, please consult your Commander or visit Military One Source.
“Enrollment in the program will allow me to select a duty station”
The program ensures that the sponsor will be assigned to a location where appropriate services exist. Branch will begin the nominative process and Family enrollment information will be forwarded to the gaining installation medical treatment facility’s EFMP point-of-contact, who will assess area resources based on enrolled conditions. If services are available, the assignment process will move forward.
“I will not be eligible for an overseas accompanied assignment as an EFMP sponsor”
Overseas screening is the same for all Families anticipating accompanied orders. If the special needs of the Family member can be met by the gaining installation, an accompanied assignment may be authorized.
ADHD Clinic Visits at Beale AFB MTF:
Initial Evaluation: Obtain screening forms from the clinic front desk, complete and return to the clinic 1 week prior to scheduled ADHD initial evaluation visit.
Follow-up visits and refills: Clinic visit every 3 months (90 day supply of medications can be given). No refills will be given over the phone without a clinic visit
Behavioral Counseling: No referral is needed for Behavioral health counseling. Visit www.triwest.com and perform a provider search for pediatric psychologists in your area
If you cannot locate a provider, contact TRICARE or the pediatric clinic via telephone consultation for further assistance.
National, State and Local Resources
A Guide to Disabilities Rights & Laws
ACT Today (For Military Families)
ADA National Network
The ADA: Your Employment Rights as an Individual With a Disability
Alta California Regional Center: Early Intervention Services
American Military Families Autism Support
Aptitude Habilitation Services: ABA
Autism Life Span
Autism Society of California
Baby Steps Therapy
Beale AFB 9th Medical Group
Beale Military Housing
Capital Autism Services: ABA
California Department of Education School Directory
California Department of Rehabilitation
California Department of Social Services for the Blind
California Department of Social Services
California Department of Public Health
California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
California State Board of Education
Children’s Home Society of California
Center for Parent Information and Resources
Disability Rights of California
Exceptional Parent Magazine
First 5 Yuba County
Life Journey through Autism: A Resource Guide for Military Families
Lighthouse Family Resource and Counseling Center
Mass Mutual Financial Group Resources for Special Needs
Military Child Education Coalition
Military Home Front
Military One Source
Plumas Lake Elementary School District
Special Olympics Northern California
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Sutter-Yuba Network of Care Prevention Services
Sutter County Department of Social Services
The Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) is one of 17 special interest groups of the Council for
Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving
educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, including both students with disabilities and
National Down Syndrome Society
TRICARE (North Region)
TRICARE Extended Health Benefits Option (ECHO)
U.S. Department of Education: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Warmline Family Resources Center
Western Placer Unified School District
Wheatland School District
Wrights Law (Special Education Law Information/Resources)
Yuba County Office of Education
Yuba County Department of Social Services