Exceptional Family Member

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) supports the continuum of care for all eligible sponsors and their family member in order to improve the quality of life for families that support a member with special medical and/or educational needs.  EFMP staff and families work together to inform, educate and empower individuals to be the best advocate for themselves and/or their family member(s).  The EFMP is a DOD-mandated enrollment program designed to support individual, family and unit readiness.


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Services

  • Assignment Review of all Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders to ensure families will have access to necessary medical care and educational supports within reasonable distances based upon frequency of required care. Support families before, during and after a PCS move to ensure a seamless transition.
  • Identify family members who are eligible to be considered for Priority Housing and/or housing accommodations/modifications, in accordance with appropriate federal laws.
  • Endorse eligible family stabilization requests, when appropriate to support unique care requirements.
  • Provide deployment support services to sponsors and their eligible family members.
  • Assist families in the mandatory enrollment and three-year update process, and provide information and referral services and case management services to all EFMP-enrolled sponsors and their family members.
  • Deliver education and training opportunities to commands, Marines, enrolled sponsors and their family members regarding a variety of topics related to special medical or educational needs.
  • Refer families to legal services offered by EFMP attorneys in order to support the families’ access to the continuum of care.  EFMP attorneys are located at Camp Pendleton and Camp Lejeune.

Learn More

Marines and family members who are interested in learning more about enrollment or assignment review may contact Headquarters Marine Corps at hqmc.efmp@usmc.mil.  The local EFMP office can assist with questions about family support services and/or with specific needs.

Some families elect geographic separation from their sponsor based upon the needs of family members.  While EFMP cases are assigned to the installation EFMP family support office where the sponsor is located, families are always welcome to attend events, receive services or request assistance from the nearest EFMP office.

  • Marines who are assigned to recruiting duty in the Western Recruiting Districts will be assigned to the MCRD San Diego EFMP office for family support.
  • Marines who are assigned to recruiting duty in the Easter Recruiting Districts will be assigned to the MCRD Parris Island EFMP office for family support.
  • Marines assigned to Independent and Special Duties (except recruiting duty) west of the Mississippi will be assigned to Camp Pendleton EFMP office for family support.
  • Marines assigned to Independent and Special Duties (except recruiting duty) east of the Mississippi or OCONUS in Europe will be assigned to Quantico EFMP office for family support.
  • Marines assigned OCONUS, excluding Iwakuni and Europe, will be assigned to the Okinawa EFMP office for family support.

Marines or family members are welcome to walk-in or call ahead to make an appointment.  Local offices may offer after-hours service by appointment, when needed.  We encourage families to work closely with their assigned Family Case Worker, to build rapport and to develop a relationship of trust.  When this occurs, Family Case Workers are best able to support the unique needs of each family.  While the Family Case Worker will contact each family quarterly, through a combination of phone, email or in-person visits, families are always encouraged to contact their Family Case Worker whenever they need or desire assistance.

Quantico(Change Location)

Exceptional Family Member Program
122 Neville Rd  
Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm  
(571) 931-0524  
MCCS Quantico website

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the form DD2792?
This is Family Member Medical Summary that is used for enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program. This form must be completed by a Qualified Medical Provider and submitted to your local installation EFMP office or HQMC EFMP via email hqmc.efmp@usmc.mil. It is the Sponsor's responsibility to update their enrollment every 3 years or as the medical needs of the Exceptional Family Member's conditions change. If your family member no longer requires special medical services, have your physician complete the form for medical status updates. Click here to download.

 

What is the form DD2792-1?
This is the Special Education/Early Intervention Summary for children ages 0 – 21 inclusive and who have an Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) or an Individualized Education Program (IEP).  The form is completed by an early intervention (EI) or school official and submitted to your local installation EFMP office or via email to hqmc.efmp@usmc.mil.  A DD 2792 (medical summary) must also be submitted. If your family member no longer requires an IFSP or IEP, have the appropriate EI or school official complete the form to document the change in status.  Please include relevant special education paperwork. Click here to download.

 

Will the Marine Corps reimburse the cost of completing form DD2792?
Yes, the Marine Corps believes that families should not bear the cost of form completion to comply with a DOD mandated program. Some TRICARE authorized providers are charging families for completion of the DD 2792, referencing the TRICARE policy manual which expressly excludes reimbursement for completion of the form.  Absent reimbursement or regulation, authorized provider charges to families are inconsistent and, in some cases, cost prohibitive for family members.


Marines will be reimbursed for pages 4-7 at the actual cost charged to the family or $60, whichever is less.  If page 8 (Asthma Addendum), 9 and 10 (Mental Health Addendum), or 11 (Autism Spectrum Disorders and Significant Developmental Delays) are applicable, reimbursement will be actual cost charged to the family or $15 per page, whichever is less.  Reimbursement will never exceed $200/package.

If a TRICARE authorized provider charges more than the Marine Corps will reimburse, families may ask providers to reconsider the cost charged to the family to align with USMC EFMP reimbursement amounts.  If providers are unwilling to do this, families are responsible for any costs beyond the maximum reimbursement amounts.  Families should contact their EFMP office for any questions about reimbursement.

 

How do I disenroll from EFMP?
EFMP is a DoD-mandated enrollment program, for the purposes of assignment coordination.  When enrollment conditions are present, enrollment is mandatory.  If you feel your family member no longer meets the enrollment criteria, a DD 2792 and DD 2792-1 (when applicable) must be submitted confirming the absence of enrollable conditions.  When forms are complete, they can be returned to the local EFMP office or sent to HQMC EFMP via email at hqmc.efmp@usmc.mil.  HQMC EFMP will review submitted information and notify the sponsor of the determination via letter to the official government email account.

 

How does EFMP enrollment affect deployment and Unaccompanied Overseas Assignments?
Enrollment in the EFMP has no impact on the deployment responsibilities of Marines.  Overseas-unaccompanied assignments, unit deployments, and standard deployments must be carried out without interruption. When a family member's needs conflict with such assignments, the sponsor must contact his/her Military Occupational Specialty monitor to discuss possible options. 

 

How are EFMP assignment recommendations made?
Operational requirements of the Marine Corps and requirements for career development and experience are primary factors in manpower decision making.  When a Marine is enrolled in EFMP, and prior to issuance of PCS orders, HQMC EFMP will review each family member's specific medical and educational needs documented in the DD 2792 and DD 2792-1.  It is imperative that your EFMP forms contain the most current and accurate information to facilitate an appropriate assignment recommendation.  HQMC EFMP Assignment Specialists research and confirm the availability and accessibility of necessary care in the proposed PCS location.  Results of these validation efforts are communicated to the MOS monitor, who has final authority to either release or modify the orders.

 

What is the difference between EFMP and Overseas Suitability Screening?

HQMC EFMP reviews all assignments for EFMP-enrolled Marines prior to issuance of the orders, regardless of location.  The DD 2792, DD 2792-1 and IFSP/IEP are used to review family member requirements and to make an initial assignment recommendation.  Following EFMP review, the monitor will release the PCS orders and families must then initiate the Suitability Screening process through the established office at the nearest Military Treatment Facility.

Suitability screening is conducted by the Military Medical Departments, and is the same for all family members, regardless of EFMP enrollment status.  Suitability determination is based on a variety of factors to include: a comprehensive review of the medical records, the severity of the condition and the frequency and level of treatment; the medical and dental capabilities of the Military Treatment Facility (MTF)/ Dental Treatment Facility (DTF) and local civilian community; the availability of ancillary, early intervention, special education and medically related services; transportation and travel time to the medical facility or specialist; climate and environmental conditions; the likelihood of the needs increasing, the capacity of the facility, medical staffing and manpower concerns. For more information about Suitability Screening, please contact your Military Treatment Facility's OSS Coordinator.

 

What can I do to ensure that I get my orders quickly?

1. Make sure the enrollment paperwork for your family member(s) is accurate and includes all current medical and educational requirements.

2. Submit your updates when due. 

During 2015, the average EFMP review cycle time for a set of orders was 7 days.  When paperwork is current and accurate, we are able to quickly review orders and make assignment recommendations to your monitor.  When paperwork is outdated, incomplete or inaccurate, we must contact you and request and wait for the update.  The most important thing you can do is to keep your paperwork current!

 

How do you ensure confidentiality?
Ensuring the confidentiality of all Personally Identifiable Information and Protected Health Information is paramount.  All enrollment forms and accompanying documents and information are maintained in a password controlled database with predefined need-to-know criteria for all EFMP staff members.  Information contained in the database will not be shared without specific written permission from the sponsor and/or adult family member.  Local EFMP Managers provide limited information to the Unit Commander, or his/her designee to ensure commands are aware of those Marines who need to complete an update to maintain compliance. The information shared with the command is limited to the name and grade of sponsor, date of enrollment, and date of next tri-annual update. The specific medical diagnosis and treatment and/or special education needs of the family member will not be shared with the Command, unless the sponsor and/or adult family member provides written permission to do so.  The EFMP Case Management System will not become an element of the Manpower Management System, individual record books, or the parent command records of the sponsor, nor be referenced in performance appraisals such as Fitness Reports.

 


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