8 Free Apps for Your Work With Military Families!

Eight apps created for military-connected professionals, service members, and their families can also be useful for you and the families you serve. They’re designed to address situations that challenge military families, such as a service member’s return from a long deployment or relocating to a new duty station.  Many of the apps teach ways to cope with stress and anxiety, like breathing and mindfulness practices. We hope you will check out three in particular: PTSD Coach, Parenting2Go and The Big Moving Adventure

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TRICARE Videos

TRICARE, the healthcare entitlement program for military families, presents several quick videos on “What is TRICARE?”, “TRICARE Options for National Guard and Reserve Members”, TRICARE Extended Health Care Option (ECHO) – important for certain families who have children with disabilities- and TRICARE’s Autism Demonstration Project.

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Medicaid: Referring Military Families to Supports and Services

Military families have unique concerns around the supports and services needed by their child with special needs. On the one hand, they have guaranteed medical coverage through TRICARE, the military health care system and its range of special programs. On the other, there are distinct limits to coverage and programs which may leave military families without some essential supports and services. Medicaid can be an option for some military families which they may not have considered, and which Parent Center staff can help them explore.

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Extended Care Health Option (ECHO)

The Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) is a program offered through TRICARE, the military health care system.

ECHO may help some military families who have a family member with special needs. ECHO focuses on integrated sets of services and supplies beyond those available through TRICARE programs. Services are intended to reduce the disabling effects of a beneficiary’s condition. ECHO is only available as a supplement to TRICARE programs. If services or supplies are available through a beneficiary’s TRICARE plan, they won’t be covered under ECHO.

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What are military families experiencing with the TRICARE ABA service changes?

What are military families experiencing with the TRICARE ABA service changes?
 
 
TRICARE recently changed reimbursement amounts for ABA services. Are the policy changes affecting military families?  Here’s a chance for military families to share their experience.  Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP) has launched a survey.  Feel free to share this quick, SURVEY (external link) with your families.  Add it to your parent center e-newsletter, post on your FB pages, and/or share on a corner of your website, if appropriate.  An interactive way to let them know their voice matters.  A chance for military families to join the nearly 150 voices sharing their experience.

The Respite Care Question for Military Children

The parents sitting in front of you are desperate for respite care. You’re very knowledgeable about respite care options in their community, but you’re not certain those will work out for this family – they’re a military family and might encounter difficulties. You’ve also heard there are military programs that might help this family, but neither you nor the parents know what they are or how to sign up for them.

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