Special Medical Needs (.pdf file format)
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Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
Bldg. 36000, Room 1243
Fort Hood, Texas 76544
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated medical, educational, housing, community support, and personnel services to Families with special needs.
Who is an exceptional family member?
An exceptional Family member is a Family member (child or adult) with any physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disability that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training, or counseling. This includes:
Who must enroll in the program?
Soldiers listed below who have exceptional family members must enroll in the program:
- Active Army
- U.S. Army Reserve soldiers in the USAR–Active Guard Reserve (AGR) program and other USAR soldiers on active duty more than 30 days.
- Army National Guard (AGR) soldiers serving under authority of title 10, U.S. Code.
Department of the Army civilian employees do not enroll in the program. However, they must identify dependent Family members with special educational and medically–related needs each time they process for an assignment to a location outside the United States where dependent travel is authorized at Government expense.
Overseas screenings are provided for family members. Soldiers scheduled for an overseas tour who have been given a Family Member Deployment Screening Sheet (DA Form 5888) by the levy section should call the Patient Appointment Service, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, 288-8888, for a screening.
If you are doing a Long Distance Screening (reside more than 60 miles from Fort Hood) you may give us a call at (254) 288-8099 for instructions.
Enrolling in EFMP
Soldiers should contact the EFMP clinic located at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center (first floor, room 1243, call (254) 288-8099) to begin the assessment process and obtain the enrollment form (DD2792) for medical needs and DD 2792-1 for educational needs. When completed the forms are returned to the CRDAMC EFMP office for review and then sent to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas for coding. After the enrollment has been coded the family will receive a copy of the computer generated print out of the enrollment. The Soldier is responsible for updating every 3 years or sooner if the diagnosis changes. Forms can be found on the AMEDD EFMP site
Does enrollment have any impact on the soldier's career?
Enrollment in EFMP does not adversely affect selection for promotion, schools or assignments. Selection boards do not have access to information about enrollment in EFMP or any of the data used in the program.
What are the benefits of enrollment in the program?
Enrollment allows assignment managers at Army personnel agencies to consider the documented medical and special education needs of exceptional family members early in the assignment process. When possible, soldiers are assigned to areas that can provide the medical and special needs of the exceptional family members. This will depend on a valid personnel requirement for the soldier's grade, specialty, and eligibility for the tour. All soldiers are still eligible for worldwide assignments.
Are special education needs always considered in the military personnel assignment process?
Special educational needs are only considered in assignments outside the United States. Assignments within the 50 states and Trust Territories are not based on the educational needs of children. Every U.S. school system must obey public laws governing of special education.
To learn more about the Exceptional Family Member Program, call the EFMP clinic at Darnall, (254) 288-8099.
For more information about EFMP and to download PDF fillable forms, go to: AMEDD EFMP Site
Copeland Service Center, Bldg. 18010
7:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.
Copeland Service Center, Building 18010, room A210
MWF 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m.
TTH 9 to 11:30 a.m.
TRICARE Extended Care Health Options (ECHO)
Exceptional Family Member Program
Army Community Service
Bldg. 121, River's Bldg.
254-287-6070 or 254-618-7813
External Online Resources
- AMEDD EFMP
- ACS EFMP
- Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS)
- Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)
- US Army Human Resources Command(Requires an AKO account to access)
page last modified on: 5/21/2013