Exceptional Family Member Program

The Navy's Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) serves military families with special needs. The EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program for sponsors with qualifying family members. Enrollment in the EFMP ensures maximum provision of services to the family throughout the sponsor’s career.

Qualifying conditions include:

  • An infant or toddler with a developmental disability or potential disability who has an ISFP or IEP
  • A preschool or school aged child with an educational disability who has an IEP
  • Potentially life threatening conditions and/or chronic medical or physical conditions including ASD, high risk newborns, cancer, sickle cell, insulin dependent diabetes.
  • Current or chronic (six months or longer) mental health conditions, dental problems , asthma, severe allergies, ADD/ADHD, downs syndrome, CP, GERD, hypertension, lupus, scoliosis, migraines, epilepsy, speech or hearing impairments, visual impairments not corrected with glasses/contacts, high risk pregnancy or other serious health conditions.
  • A diagnosis requiring adaptive equipment or assistive technology such as wheelchairs, braces, nebulizers, apnea machines, communication devices.
  • Conditions that requires environmental or architectural considerations such as ramps, limited stairs and air conditioning

The EFMP includes identification of the family member's special needs and enrollment in the program, assignment coordination and family support. The Program assists Sailors during the assignment process by addressing the special needs of their exceptional family members (EFM) and ensuring they are assigned to areas where they can access necessary resources.

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