Being the primary caregiver of a family member with special needs can make it difficult to find time for self-care or to find a community who understands your lifestyle and the unique stressors and demands of caregiving. The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) offers resources to help reduce the stress of caregiving and provide a much-needed break. 

The EFMP respite reimbursement program provides 20 hours per month of respite care to allow primary caregivers a temporary break from caregiving. Eligible families are able to select their own respite care provider to include a trusted friend or family member, and request reimbursement from EFMP for the cost paid to the provider. The benefit is available to families who care for a family member with severe or profound special needs. Contact your local EFMP office for additional information and to find out if you are eligible.

Some families enrolled in EFMP may also be eligible to utilize up to 16 hours per month of respite care through the TRICARE Extended Care Health Option also known as ECHO. Contact EFMP or visit the TRICARE website to learn more.