EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM (EFMP)
The DAF EFMP addresses the special needs of Air and Space Force family members throughout their military journey. You can connect and learn more about resources, as well as program and policy changes through the DAF EFMP Facebook Page.
The EFMP Central Cell provides expert guidance for assignment, medical, family support, legal, and special education needs and the ability to follow-up with base level partners to connect families with the right resources. EFMP now offers around-the-clock access for families who find themselves in need of immediate assistance. Total force service members and their EFMP families can contact the Total Force Service Center to connect with a representative who will help answer EFMP questions and can also elevate issues to an EFMP Central Cell staff member when necessary. To reach EFMP support through the TFSC dial toll-free 800-525-0102 or commercial 210-565-0102. Service members can select menu option "1" then submenu option "4" to connect with a TFSC representative. EFMP family members can select menu option "7" to be connected with a representative.
Use this tool to navigate through the Department of Defense’s network of services and support for families with special needs. Our customized checklist builder makes it easy to stay organized and ensures you always have access to the latest information and resources. No sign-up is required, but you can choose to create an account to save your progress and preferences.
This website provides Exceptional Family Member Program families direct access to decision-making information and resources. Airmen, Guardians, and their families may now access EFMP information without using a Common Access Card.
For many families, respite care is an important benefit of the EFMP enrollment. Policy is currently being updated. Check back here for updates to the program.
The Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) provides assistance to beneficiaries with special needs with an integrated set of services and supplies. Families enrolled in EFMP who have been diagnosed with a moderate or severe intellectual disability, a serious physical disability, or an extraordinary physical or psychological condition, may qualify for ECHO. The coverage limit for all ECHO benefits combined, excluding ECHO Home Health Care (EHHC), is $36,000 per beneficiary and per calendar year (Jan. 1–Dec. 31).
For a quick fact sheet, please visit here.
As part of the Thrive Initiative (a DOD parenting-education program), supplemental modules have been created to support military families. Welcome to Exceptional Families. Embracing Differences. Flourishing Together. This is a parenting program that is designed to offer support to parents and caregivers of children with a disability. Note: The program creators recommend participating in the age-appropriate Thrive parenting program before engaging with any of the supplemental modules to reap the most benefits.