The Exceptional Family Member Program is a mandatory enrollment program (MCO P1754.4B) for all Active Duty personnel. The program is designed to provide assistance to service personnel with a family member(s) who has special medical and/or educational needs before, during and after relocation due to Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. An exceptional family member is defined as an authorized family member (spouse, child, stepchild, adopted child, foster child, or a dependent parent) residing with the sponsor who may require special medical or educational services based upon a diagnosed physical, intellectual or emotional handicap such as Asthma, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, Autism, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or Depression. Disabilities may range from mild to severe.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enroll in the EFMP?
By calling one of two EFMP offices at Camp Pendleton: Mainside (760) 725-5363 or San Onofre (760) 763-0868. Families who are interested in EFMP support will be assigned a caseworker to assist with the enrollment process and all available community and installation resources to facilitate services and continuity of care for the family.
What are some of the benefits of enrolling in the EFMP?
Personalized case management, resource & referral, workshops, playgroups, family events, and much more! Additionally, if an Exceptional Family Member is eligible, the Family Case Worker provides enrollment assistance with the Base Installation Respite Care Reimbursement Program & TRICARE Extended Coverage Health Coverage (ECHO).
What does the Extended Care Health Options (ECHO) program provide?
The TRICARE® Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) provides supplemental services to active duty family members with qualifying mental or physical disabilities. ECHO offers integrated services and supplies beyond those offered by the basic TRICARE health benefits program.
Are families enrolled in the EFMP able to be stationed overseas?
Overseas assignments for all active duty personnel and family members require screening. If sufficient care is determined as not available overseas, EFMP will work to ensure a duty location where both career and Exceptional Family Member needs are met.
Does the EFMP provide relocation support?
EFMP caseworkers at both the losing and gaining installation will assist in the transition of medical and educational care. Ask the EFMP office for a “Transition Checklist” upon receipt of orders.
How can EFMP help my Exceptional Family Member with the Individual Education Plan (IEP)?
Caseworkers will assist you with issues ranging from school services, access to therapies, related resources and provide workshops to help families learn to be their family member’s best advocate.
I am part of the EFMP. Can I secure priority housing?
Priority housing for Marine Corps enrolled families is now determined by the HQMC EFMP office via the medical screening team.