Exceptional Family Member Program

     

Exceptional Family Member Program 

DSN 742-3323
Commercial: (662) 434-3323
FAX: (662) 434-2483
EMAIL:
14FSS.FSH.ColumbusAFRC@us.af.mil

Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri:  7:30 am – 4:30 pm


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Military and Family Readiness Center Overview

Published on 2 Sep 2022
An overview of services offered by the Military and Family Readiness Center and the EFMP Family Support Coordinator.

Welcome to the EFMP family!

You may be wondering what EFMP-Family Support is.  It’s the non-medical community support component located at the Military and Family Readiness Center (M&FRC).  The EFMP-Family Support Coordinator acts as a liaison between EFMP families and local, State, and Federal resources!

EFMP-Family Support Coordinators serve as the local hub for EFMP and empower your family to become its own best advocate by helping to identify and connect you with services, education and community support both in-person and virtually.

The EFMP-Family Support program is there to ensure your family’s needs are met, you are informed and supported, and your family thrives!  We want you to be successful during your assignment!  Please know it is their honor and privilege to partner with you.  Together, you and your coordinator will be an unstoppable team to support your family!

Let’s get you ready for this journey by sharing all things EFMP-Family Support!

At the first opportunity or as time permits, please reach out to meet your local EFMP-Family Support Coordinator.  At least one Family Support Coordinator is available at every Air Force installation and is typically located in the Military and Family Readiness Center (M&FRC).  They will serve as the primary advocate for your family.  They know the system and will take the time to walk you through the program, explain how it works, discuss the benefits of enrollment, and serve as a link to all other Military and Family Readiness programs, resources and services.

They are your go-to person for any questions or concerns you may have to make the right connections!

How to Make EFMP Work for YOU

We know that life never slows down!  Every family is pulled in many different directions at any given time.  It can be a challenge when new demands or responsibilities are added in a system that you may not be familiar with.  It can feel overwhelming.  Please allow your Family Support Coordinator an opportunity to intervene and help set up goals and timeframes that work for you.  Remember, you’re in control!  Trust your instincts and ask questions until you feel comfortable with the response and the direction you’re going.

DD Form 3054 (FNA/Services Plan/Warm Hand-offs)

You’re going to hear a lot about Family Needs Assessments and Service Plans – something else that seems complicated and overwhelming.  No worries!  It’s simply an opportunity during any discussion with your Family Support Coordinator for them to listen to your thoughts, concerns and comments on needs – jotting them down and making sure they understand what’s important to you and your family.  They then share how they can help address all concerns!   Assistance may consist of researching information, making a referral to a local resource or locating a Point of Contact (POC) for an agency you need.

Think of it this way, this is your opportunity to make the Family Support program work for you and your family.  No two families need the same thing at the same time…this is all about what YOU/YOUR FAMILY needs!

Your Family Support Coordinators can develop, in partnership with you, a services plan to outline immediate and long-term needs, family-centered goals and strategies to help your family meet objectives set using local, state and federal resources.

Make the EFMP experience work for you – tailor it, make it yours!

Moving – Our Warm Handoff

If you’ve been associated with the military for any length of time – you know you’re going to move!  Although it can be challenging for families, it also provides an opportunity to grow, experience new places, take everything you’ve learned and share it with others.

Your Family Support Coordinator will discuss a warm hand-off with you.  If you have already shared and discussed what your needs are for your family, it’s an opportunity to update, revise or create a new services plan and finish with a warm hand-off to the next installation.

Warm hand-offs will help to minimize interruption to your family’s continuum of service.  Coordination between the losing and gaining EFMP-Family Support Coordinator will take place to ensure they are aware of your needs as you depart your current location and arrive at your new location.  This helps to alleviate any stress your family may be experiencing.  This is a great service as you and your family make a seamless transition to your new installation and community!

Educational Activities, Events and Workshops

​​​​​​​EFMP-Family Support Coordinators offer educational activities, events and workshops to help promote resilience, family readiness, connectiveness with other families, inclusion, sensory/motor improvement, emotional/physical health, better communication, closer relationships and overall family adaptation.  You will get to see family members participate in a way they have never engaged in before.  Confidence levels are definitely strengthened when exposed to new activities tailored for your family!

Education classes and activities may offer a recreational component, as a backdrop to education, while improving your family’s quality of life and adaptability.  Many installations offer one-stop shop information fairs to include on and off-base agencies.  There are so many networking opportunities available for the entire family

Activities are offered for the entire family, children as well as adults only.  Events range from bowling, painting, horseback riding to adaptive sports, communication building, family game night and Do-It-Yourself educational activity kits.  This is a GREAT way to get acclimated to your community and engage with other EFMP families in a relaxed setting!

Program offerings vary by installation and are offered based on the interests of local EFMP families and availability of activities in your area.

There’s something for all family members.  You’re encouraged to contact the local Family Support Coordinator for more information.  You don’t want to miss out!

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Columbus AFB EFMP
In addition to the (EFMP-M  662-434-2115), medical component, other agencies included on the EFMP team are the (EFMP-A   662-434-2626), Assignments section of Personnel, and the (EFMP-FS) Military & Family Readiness Center (M&FRC).

EFMP-FS Information and Referral
Families with a special needs family member may receive information, referral, and support from the Military & Family Readiness Center, 166 C Circle, Columbus AFB, MS.  (662-434-3323).

Safety videos – Highlight how families can take precautions in the home to help prevent injuries to children with physical, developmental or cognitive disabilities. The focus of the videos includes fire and burn prevention, drowning, choking and falls prevention

Tricare Special Needs – Benefits, eligibility

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP) Federally funded Parent Training and Information Center established to assist military families who have children with special education or health needs

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) – Resources for parents, young adults, professionals, and educators

Parent Toolkit, Military Families and Students with Learning Disabilities – Guide to educate and empower parents, others to help military children who struggle in school

POSSIBILITIES: A Financial Resource Guide for EFMP Families – Free 200+ page resource.  Created for parents with children under 18 years of age who have disabilities. Experts and parents worked together to make this comprehensive guide

Parent to Parent – Emphasizes emotional and informational support

Government Benefits – Location to sort through government benefits available

Disability.gov – “Connecting the disability community to information and opportunities”

Social Security Online – Information on Social Security benefits for children with disabilities

Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities

Air Force EFMP Respite Care – EFMP Respite Care helps Air Force families with children with special needs by providing 40 hours of respite care per month so they can leave the house, go to an appointment, or just rest, while knowing that their child is well cared for.

         

Give Parents a Break Program – This program is intended to help reduce stress due to the nature of military life (i.e., deployments, remote tours of duty, caring for family members with special needs, frequent moves, extended working hours).

-Families may be referred to this program by Commanders, 1st Sergeants, Chaplains, medical professionals and A&RC staff.

-Certificates are issued for a specified period of time and may be renewed.

-Child care is provided at base Child and Youth Programs

-Contact the EFMP-FS Coordinator for your certificate!

 Call 662-434-3323 or Jamey.coleman.1@us.af.mil

 Military OneSource

Provides resources such as information on EFMP and Forms needed for enrollment. Also, if you have a family member with special education, or medical needs please contact our EFMP-Medical at 662-434-2115 for enrollment.

EFMP & Me – Located at http://efmpandme.militaryonesource.mil is the OSN resource to connect families to helpful tools and information.

Military One Source EFMP
TRICARE
ECHO General Info   The TRICARE Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) 
ECHO Fact Sheet
ECHO Application
Wrightslaw
PAVE

EFMP Education

Center for Parent Information and Resources

AF Special Ed Connection – DirectSTEP 2019

Local Hospital Info and support groups!!

Sep
26
Mon
DoL Vocational Track @ M&FRC
Sep 26 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Conducted by GBX Consultants, private company contracted by DVA. Must register 10 days prior, company requires 10 days notification.  Call 434-2631 or 2790 to register.

 

 

Sep
27
Tue
DoL Vocational Track @ M&FRC
Sep 27 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Conducted by GBX Consultants, private company contracted by DVA. Must register 10 days prior, company requires 10 days notification.  Call 434-2631 or 2790 to register.

 

 

Sep
28
Wed
Wing Newcomers Orientation @ Columbus Club
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wing Newcomers Orientation @ Columbus Club
  A workshop introducing arriving personnel and their family members to the key personnel and services located on the base. Mandatory voting assistance information is provided. Normally conducted once a month for military and civilian newcomers to the base.

. Pre-registration is required, so please contact your unit CSS to be registered. For more information, please call the M&FRC Relocation Manager at (662) 434-2701

Events are subject to change due to COVID-19, so please contact A&FRC to confirm all events

 

Sep
29
Thu
Bundles for Babies @ M&FRC
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Bundles for Babies @ M&FRC

 

For Active Duty families assigned to Columbus AFB who are expecting or have
a child up to 4 months of age. An Air Force Aid Society program with
presentations about topics such as TriCare, Child Care, Breastfeeding, Car
Seat Safety, Labor & Delivery.

DSN 742-2839/2790
Commercial: (662) 434-2839/2790

 

Oct
5
Wed
Resumes and Cover Letters for Results @ M&FRC
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Resumes and Cover Letters for Results @ M&FRC

Workshop developing resumes and cover letters that will bring results.  Please call 662-434-2631/2790 to register.

Oct
6
Thu
Key Spouse Continuing Education @ M&FRC
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Key Spouse Continuing Education @ M&FRC

Key Spouse Continuing Education Training.  For all Current Key Spouses. Call 434-2839 or 434-2790 for details and to RSVP.

Oct
13
Thu
SBA Entrepreneurship Track @ M&FRC
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Entrepreneurship Track 2 day, workshop conducted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for veterans interested starting up and operating their own business. Must register at least 10 days in advance, government contractor require 10 day notice and minimum of 8 participates. Call 434-2631 or 662-434-2790 to register.

 

 

Oct
14
Fri
SBA Entrepreneurship Track @ M&FRC
Oct 14 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Entrepreneurship Track 2 day, workshop conducted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for veterans interested starting up and operating their own business. Must register at least 10 days in advance, government contractor require 10 day notice and minimum of 8 participates. Call 434-2631 or 662-434-2790 to register.

 

 

Oct
19
Wed
Wing Newcomers Orientation @ Columbus Club
Oct 19 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wing Newcomers Orientation @ Columbus Club
  A workshop introducing arriving personnel and their family members to the key personnel and services located on the base. Mandatory voting assistance information is provided. Normally conducted once a month for military and civilian newcomers to the base.

. Pre-registration is required, so please contact your unit CSS to be registered. For more information, please call the A&FRC Relocation Manager at (662) 434-2701

Events are subject to change due to COVID-19, so please contact A&FRC to confirm all events

 

Oct
25
Tue
Plan My Move- Smooth Move @ M&FRC
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Updated information about relocating held at M&FRC. TMO, Housing, Military Pay, Billeting, Tri-Care, Medical Records, and M&FRC, spouses are encourage attend call (662) 434-2701 or 662-434-2790 to register.

 

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