Exceptional Family Member Program

EFMPExceptional Family Member Program 

DSN 742-3323
Commercial: (662) 434-3323
FAX: (662) 434-2483
EMAIL: UDG_Columbus_fsc@us.af.mi

Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri:  7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Exceptional Family Member Program

Military family members with special needs face unique and often times stressful situations. Every Air Force family needs to know that enrollment in EFMP is mandatory for all active duty with a family member of special needs. If you believe your family member has special needs, it is important that you bring those concerns to your physician and to follow through with any and all recommendations that doctor makes. If EFMP enrollment is required, the process starts with the 14th Medical Group. For those individuals enrolled in EFMP, family member’s needs are considered during the assignment process to ensure any special medical and or educational requirements can be met prior to any relocation. All military families should be aware the Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) is a resource to help families find information and referrals. Although not all inclusive, examples of more specific services the A&FRC can provide are as follows: a place to explore options, obtain information to prepare for an IEP meeting, get tools to electronically track the care your child receives, obtain materials on a variety of issues that affect a family with special needs.

  • 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.

Contact your EFMP-FS Coordinator or Call Child Care Aware at 1-800-424-2246.

For an application or for more information click the link below!

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Respite Child Care

Check out the Flyer!!!             Child Care Aware Respite Care FLYER

  • 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 One Source has links to information on EFMP and Forms needed for enrollment. In you have a family member with special education, or medical needs please contact our EFMP-Medical at 662-434-2115 for enrollment. Please click on the link below for more information on the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).
Military One Source EFMP
ECHO General Info   The TRICARE Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) 
ECHO Fact Sheet
ECHO Application


EFMP Education

Center for Parent Information and Resources

AF Special Ed Connection – DirectSTEP 2019

Local Hospital Info!! 

BMH May Events and Support Groups



Career Exploration & Planning Track @ A&FRC
Jul 23 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Conducted by CALIBRE, private company contracted by DVA. Must register 10 days prior, company requires 10 days notifiaction and must have minimum of 8 participates to make.  Call 434-2790 to register.



EFMP Children Art Camp @ A&FRC
Jul 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
EFMP Children Art Camp @ A&FRC

Art Class for  EFMP Children.  Supplies will be provided.  Limited seating, must RSVP by calling 434-2790/434-3323.

Participants will embellish foam visors and wooden fish cutouts with acrylic paint, gems, beads and glitter glue.

Please wear clothing you don’t mind getting pain on.

Local Employment Workshop @ AFRC
Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Discussion of employment information and opportunities in the local area for spouses, dependents, veterans, and Government employees.  For additional information or to register call (662) 434-2790.


local employment workshop

Heart Link/Spouse Welcome @ Airman & Family Readiness Center @ A&FRC
Jul 25 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

This spouse orientation program is designed for spouses new to the military or new to Columbus AFB. This is a great opportunity to increase knowledge of the Air Force mission, customs, traditions, protocols and available programs and services in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Make new friends while learning more about Air Force life. To register and more information please call (662) 434-2790.



Key Spouse Mentor Training @ A&FRC
Jul 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Key Spouse Mentor Training @ A&FRC

Key Spouse Mentor Training.  Call 434-2790 for details.

Wing Newcomers Orientation @ Columbus Club
Jul 30 @ 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Wing Newcomers Orientation @ Columbus Club

The Wing Newcomers Orientation is from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. This event is
mandatory for all newly arrived military and DoD civilian personnel, and spouses are
encouraged to attend. This base-wide CONNECTION orientation begins at the Kaye
Auditorium and consists of a guided base tour. To register, please contact your unit CSS, or for more information, please call the A&FRC Relocation Manager at (662) 434-2701/2790.

Smooth Move @ AFRC @ A&FRC
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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



Local Employment Workshop @ AFRC
Jul 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Discussion of employment information and opportunities in the local area for spouses, dependents, veterans, and Government employees.  For additional information or to register call (662) 434-2790.


local employment workshop

Hearts Apart Social @ TBD
Jul 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Hearts Apart Social program is a monthly event to provide community bonding, fun and appreciation for the families of active duty personnel who are deployed, remote, or on an extended TDY. Food and activities are provided.

Call 434-2790 to register. 


hearts apart

(STOMP) Specialized Training of Military Parents Webinar @ AFRC
Aug 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
STOMPThis is an interactive webinar. Participants can attend the training as a webinar workshop offered at the A&FRC.
Part 3 of a 4 Part Series–Financial Planning: SSI, SBP, ABLE Act & SNT
Finances are an important aspect when planning for the future of your special needs child. Learn the different options and elements of financial planning. Call 434-2790 to register.