Exceptional Family Member Program

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.  In a dual military Family, both Soldiers must be enrolled. Enrollment is based upon the medical and educational requirements of Family members of active duty military personnel. Enrollment updates are required every 3 years or as the condition changes!
Enrollment allows the Army, during the assignment process, to consider the documented medical and special education needs of EFMs. 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. When possible, Soldiers are assigned to locations where the medical and special education needs of their EFM can be met.

Who is an Exceptional Family Member (EFM)?
An EFM is a Soldier’s immediate Family member (child or adult), regardless of age, with any physical, emotional, developmental, behavioral, mental, or intellectual disorder that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training, or counseling on an on-going basis. The following are examples of common diagnoses for EFMP enrollment. The provided list is not all inclusive, but only represents the most common diagnoses for enrollment.

  • Asthma
  • Attention Deficit Disorders
  • Emotional Disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Developmental Delays
  • Spina Bifida
  • Epilepsy
  • Deafness
  • AIDS
  • Mental Disorders
  • Orthopedically Impaired
  • Speech Impaired
  • Leukemia
  • Diabetes
  • Autism
  • Heart Conditions
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Visual Impairment
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Learning Disabilities

Air Force Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
If an AF member has a family member with special needs, they can receive help from the Exceptional Family Member Program. Special needs may include developmental delays, chronic medical/mental conditions and/or physical impairments. The EFMP ensures all active-duty families are located at bases that can provide the medical, mental health or educational services they need while allowing the Airman to meet the mission. Airmen coming to Fort Gordon can contact the Medical Liaison Technician in the GCHQ Bldg 28423 at (762) 206-9015 with any questions in regards to EFMP or to help coordinate care.

About Fort Gordon EFMP
Our EFMP includes the ACS EFMP office, located in Darling Hall, Building 33720 , Suite 155 and the EFMP Clinic located at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, 2nd floor, Room 110. Enrollment and update enrollments are accomplished by contacting the EFMP clinic at 706-787-9300. Overseas screening appointments are conducted by the EFMP clinic and may be obtained by calling central appointments at 706-787-7300. The EFMP Medical Special Needs Advisor and Assistant are located in the EFMP clinic.

Army Community Service EFMP provides information and referral, community support services, advocacy, monthly support groups, resource directory, respite information, EFMP orientations, recreational and cultural activities, community support group information, a resource library, and Special Needs Accommodation Process (SNAP) meetings with Child & Youth Services (CYS). All services and activities are free of charge and open to the whole Family.

Respite Care

Respite care provides a temporary rest period for Family members providing care of persons with disabilities.  Respite care is not an entitlement or guaranteed benefit; it is based on the availability of funding and the severity of the medical condition.  Forms required to apply for respite care are available in the Forms and Publications section on this page.

EFMP Systems Navigation

Systems Navigation connects Families with the systems of care they need, both on and off the installation.  All EFM are eligible for Systems Navigation.  The Fort Gordon Systems Navigator is located in our EFMP office and is available at 706-791-9707.

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