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Army Community Service


Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

Address: 830 Chisholm Ave. Fort Meade, MD 20755
Telephone: 301-677-5590
Fax: 301-677-2910
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


  • Update EFMP Information
  • Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)

    Army Community Service
    Oct. 22-23, 2015 - 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    pdf STOMP Workshop flyer
    pdf STOMP Workshop Agenda
  • EFMP Sip and Share
    Every first Thursday of every month from 09:30-10:30 a.m. at the Fort Meade's PX Food Court Coffee Shop. Families enrolled in EFMP are invited to share stories to encourage one another about the various special needs resources available in our local community.
    For more information or to register please call 301-677-4779.


For Navy EFMP info, click here.

For Air Force EFMP info, click here.

For Marine EFMP info, click here or here.

For Coast Guard EFMP info, click here.

What is the Exceptional Family Member Program?

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated medical, educational, housing, community support, and personnel services to Families with special needs.

Who is an Exceptional Family Member?

An Exceptional Family Member is a Family member (child or adult) with any physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disability that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training, or counseling.

Who must enroll in the program?

The following Soldiers with EFMs must enroll in the program:
  • Active Army
  • US Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers serving in the USAR Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Program.  Mobilized and deployed Soldiers are not eligible for enrollment in the EFMP.
  • Army National Guard AGR personnel serving under authority of Title 10, United States Code and Title 32, United States Code.
    Department of the Army civilian employees do not enroll in the program, however, they must identify dependent children with special education and medically related service needs each time they process for an assignment to a location outside the United States where dependent travel is authorized at Government expense.

How does a Soldier enroll in the program?

The Soldier contacts the nearest Army medical treatment facility EFMP point of contact to initiate the assessment process and obtain the enrollment forms. 

pdf Instructions for DD Form 2792 and 2792-1

pdf DD Form 2792 (Medical)

pdf DD Form 2792-1 (Special Education)

Once the forms are completed, they are forwarded to the appropriate regional medical center for coding.  The regional medical command enrolls eligible Active Army Soldiers in the EFMP.  They also notify Army National Guard and Reserve personnel agencies of eligible AGR Soldiers.
Soldiers are responsible for keeping the medical and/or educational needs documentation current as EFM conditions change or at least every three years, whichever comes first.

Enrollment FAQs

Are special education needs always considered in the military personnel assignment process?

Special education needs only impact assignments outside the United States.  Assignments within the 50 States and Trust Territories are not based on children’s educational needs.  Every local school system must obey public laws regarding the provision of special education.

What EFMP community support services are available through Army Community Service?

Information, Resources, & Referral

Special Needs Advocate

EFMP Sip and Share is on the first Thu of every month from 09:30 to 10:30 at the Fort Meade's PX Food Court Coffee Shop. Families enrolled in EFMP are invited to share stories to encourage one another about the various special needs resources available in our local community.


Respite Care

Up to 40 hrs of FREE respite care per month if eligible.
More Information

Recreational Events

EFMP Bowling on 3rd Wednesday of every month starting January 2015; register by Monday COB the week of bowling event.
EFMP Bowling events are open to Ft Meade EFMs and their Family Members at The Lanes on Ft Meade.
EFMs get to bowl 1 game for free with free shoe rental and discounted game and shoes ($2.00 each) for other Family Members.  Please call ACS EFMP Office at 301-677-4779 to register.

SNAP Meetings

Determine accommodations for children using CYSS programs.
More Information

EFMP Systems Navigator

The Army EFMP Systems Navigator can assist the EFMP Families who have more extensive special needs with non-clinical case management.  The EFMP Systems Navigator can provide support and resources to those in need.


EFMP Useful Web Sites

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