Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) program ensures that the physical, emotional, developmental and medical needs of the exceptional family member are taken into consideration throughout the change of assignment process. Staff are trained to assist military members in the enrollment process and provide information on local military and community support programs. Click here to see the current EFMP Ohana Observer Newsletter.

Who is an Exceptional Family Member?

An Exceptional Family Member (EFM) is the DEERS enrolled family member of a military member who requires special medical or educational services based on diagnosed physical, intellectual or emotional needs.

Marine Corps EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program designed to coordinate PCS assignments for active duty sponsors that ensures the availablilty and accessibltiy of necessary services for EFM’s.

Enrollment should occur for any family members who have a chronic condition, require specialty/sub-specialty care, a mental health diagnosis (under certain conditions), asthma and other respiratory-related diagnosis (under certain conditions), require special education within the educational setting and/or family  members who participate in early intervention services.

Lending Library

We invite you to check-out any available materials from our EFMP Lending Library. Click the links below for our complete catalogue:


EFMP 101 Brief

Learn important facts about Exceptional Family Member Program and what we can do to help you enroll and get the benefits and support. Click here for the upcoming EFMP 101 brief and Special Needs Advisory Forum (SNAF) 2018 dates and additional information.

Exceptional Family Member Program’s Respite Care

The Respite Care Program is intended to reduce stress on sponsor families by providing temporary rest periods for family members who are responsible for the regular care of dependents with special needs with a Level of Need (LoN) 3 or 4. Only adult Exceptional Family Members (EFMs) with a LoN 4 remain eligible for respite care for themselves. If you are unsure as to your or your child’s LoN, please contact EFMP at 808-257-0290.

Respite Care is a non-entitlement benefit intended to provide brief rest periods for the primary caregiver(s) and may not be used to fund 1) Pre-school programs, 2) Day care or babysitting to allow the sponsor or spouse to work or attend school, or 3) Therapy sessions or therapeutic recreation for the EFM.

You may be eligible for EFMP Respite Care, if you are a Marine Corps Family or Navy Family assigned to a Marine unit with the following:

  • Enrolled in the EFMP and all paperwork is up-to-date
  • An EFM with a Level of Need 3 or 4
  • The EFM child(dren) residing in the sponsor’s home
  • Enrolled in the EFMP Respite Care Program at Marine Corps Base Hawaii

How do I apply? Call the EFMP Office at 808-257-0290 to learn about the Respite Care Program. (Reimbursement is up to a certain limit and has specific provider skill requirements.)

Click here for the EFMP Respite Care Log (PDF 2MB) and here for the Hold Harmless Agreement (PDF 21KB).

EFMP Respite Care Changes are detailed here in MCBUL 1754 (PDF 113KB). These changes took effect 1 October 2013.

EFMP Reimbursement Process

EFMP has a reimbursement process should you be charged for the completion of the DD Form 2792. If this occurs, please contact your EFMP representative at (808) 257-0290. For more information on EFMP reimbursement, please view this PDF on the EFMP Enrollment Reimbursement Process (123 KB).

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