Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

The EFMP (or similar name depending on military branch of service) is a program of the armed services that helps military dependents with special needs.  Staff in the EFMP identify and enroll family members with special health or educational needs, and assist families with identifying and accessing appropriate services, including when changing assignments or duty stations.

What Parent Centers Need to Know to Help Military Families

Who is covered under the EFMP?
Active duty personnel with family members with special health needs can be eligible for the program, which provides accommodations for the active duty personnel and therapy and training related to the family member’s medical or educational needs.

Who should parents contact for eligibility or enrollment into EFMP:
The person to contact is different per branch and per installation.  Have parents start with their EFMP Coordinators, EFMP Liaison or Family Resource Coordinators on their installation for eligibility or enrollment concerns.  If in Coast Guard parent should contact the Family Special Needs Case Management Officer.

Families already enrolled in EFMP:
The service member needs to contact the EFMP office any time there is a change in placement (new school, town, or installation); new medical information, transport requirements for special needs; or issues regarding accessing accommodations.  EFMP can also assist with navigating the Department of Defense medical, transport, legal, and counseling systems.

What is EFMP Family Support?
EFMP Family Support is not mandatory! However, the EFMP Navigator or Family Support Liaison is an excellent point of contact. They refer families to appropriate services- including their local Parent Center! Many EFMP Family Support Programs offer support groups, play groups, and other events for special needs families.

If you would like some help connecting with EFMP Family Support personnel, please contact us– we are here to help!

What to do when moving:
When there is a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) for the military family, the EFMP makes sure the new placement will be able to accommodate the family’s special needs.

An example might be if the family has a child with Autism who needs accommodations for speech and occupational therapy.  Some installations may not be able to accommodate these needs, so the EFMP liaison can help facilitate additional options.

Prior to changing installations, the family will need to contact the EFMP liaison at their current installation to make sure all paperwork is up to date, to ensure the child who has special needs is placed accordingly.

Find contact information for EFMP Family Support staff on our interactive maps.

Refer to Military Onesource for further information on the EFMP per branch.

EFMP is basically the same throughout each branch, but there are slight differences:

Branch Name of Program Services Provided






EFMP-Family Supports

EFMP-M includes medical information management and enrollment activities.

EFMP-A includes comprehensive medical, educational, community support, assignment coordination, and housing accommodation activities.

EFMP-FS includes community support through Airman and Family Readiness Centers, including financial and educational referrals, parent training, support groups, and relocation assistance.




EFMP-M includes overall coordination of medical and education special needs, and assists with transportation, housing and overseas deployments related to family special needs.

EFMP-E includes coordination of available community support and services; advocacy services available; workshops, respite and crisis care and intervention; and systems navigation.

Compassionate Branch – When a family is faced with an assignment that they know will not be appropriate, they can contact this program for further information.

NAVY EFMP EFMP liaisons are the point of contact throughout the fleet for the enrollment process, individualized service plans, and overall case management.
MARINE Family Case Managers Family Case Managers are the point of contact for Tricare, local school district special education offices, DoD systems, family advocates, and housing assistance related to accommodations.
COAST GUARD Special Needs Program Special Needs Program Coordinators are housed in the Office of Work-Life Programs.  These program are comparable to the EFMP services but not identical.
NATIONAL GUARD EFMP EFMP liaisons are the point of contact throughout the branch for the enrollment process, individualized service plans, and overall case management.

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