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Exceptional Family Member Program-Medical (EFMP-M)

Exceptional Family Member ProgramWelcome to Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota Exceptional Family Member Program-Medical (EFMP-M). The Air Force Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is designed to provide support to military family members with special needs. EFMP is offered by all branches of the military, and each Service includes a variety of personnel, medical and family support functions under the EFMP umbrella. The portion of EFMP support that is provided by the Air Force Medical Service is known as the Exceptional Family Member Program-Medical (EFMP-M). One goal of EFMP is to consider the medical and/or educational needs of family members as they move around the world with their active duty (AD) sponsors. Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) also coordinates reassignments for AD sponsors when one or more family members' needs cannot be met in the current location.

Here at the Grand Forks AFB, EFMP-M coordinates with EFMP-Family Support and EFMP-Assignments to assist sponsors and their family members through the enrollment process as well as Family Medical Relocation Clearance (FMRC) process after receiving an assignment notification.

EFMP-Family Support (EFMP-FS) is the community support component provided by Airman & Family Readiness Centers (A&FRCs) and works with other military and civilian agencies to enhance the quality of life for families as they relocate around the world with their sponsors. The Grand Forks AFB EFMP-FS contact is Ms. Sharon Swanson at 701-747-6434 or sharon.swanson@us.af.mil. The School Liaison Officer (SLO), Ms. Kelly Painter and EFMP-FS closely network to provide information, services, and resources for relocating school-aged family members and family members with special needs due to Permanent Change of Station (PCS). For your educational questions please visit the Grand Forks AFB School Liaison Webpage at http://www.grandforks.af.mil/library/schoolliason.asp. Contact Ms. Painter directly at 701-747-4484. EFMP-Assignments (EFMP-A) coordinates with EFMP-M and EFMP-FS to ensure sponsors and family members have completed the appropriate medical and/or educational clearances to determine availability of services at the projected PCS location. Assignment coordination is an important branch of the EFMP as they make certain sponsors do not obtain PCS orders without receiving endorsement from EFMP-M that family members have completed the FMR Clearance to receive Command Sponsorship to travel to the projected gaining base. When assignment coordination occurs, family members receive the care and support they require, and the service member can focus more clearly on mission-related responsibilities.

The Grand Forks Exceptional Family Member Program and its' three entities, (EFMP-FS and EFMP-A and EFMP-M) work together to provide integrated support to Air Force families with special medical or educational needs through community support, assignment coordination and medical evaluation. Additionally, EFMP-FS and EFMP-M work to ensure Department of Defense (DoD) civilians are informed about the locations' ability to meet the needs of the family member with special needs.

This website is intended to obtain answers to your questions. If you can't find the information you are in search of, please contact Grand Forks AFB Special Needs Coordinator (SNC) Camille Woolever or Family Member Relocation Clearance Coordinator (FMRCC) Tech. Sgt. Juan Rivera at DSN: 362-5591, or 701-747-5591. Fax: 701-747-5409.

The EFMP-M clinic is located at the Military Treatment Facility, 1599 J Street Building 109, Grand Forks AFB, ND 58205. The clinic is open Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday & Thursday. The clinic is closed the third Friday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Resources

EFMP Working Group
The EFMP Working Group is a newly established team that consists of on base agencies, school representatives, and parents. The group meets monthly at the Airman & Family Readiness Center. The goal is to get a pulse on what the issues are surrounding military families who reside on Grand Forks AFB and provide sustainable resources that will benefit the entire family. This team is still evolving. If you would like to be a part of this team please contact Sharon Swanson at 747-6434.

Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT)
Contact Bob at 701-775-3308 or Jill at 701-772-4172 for more information about FEAT.