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About EFMP

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory program designed to identify family members with special medical, psychological or educational needs related to acute or chronic conditions. It ensures service members will be assigned to a location where the specific needs of the family will be met. Special needs include: 




Mental Health




Adaptive Equipment

Assistive Technology

Assistive Services


MFSC EFMP Liaisons provide non-medical case management services which include: 

  • Creation of Family Needs Assessments and Service Plans 
  • Community Outreach 
  • Training and Education 
  • System Navigation 
  • Information and Referral Services 
  • Monthly Bulletins (Kokua) and Family Friendly Events 
    EFMP Case Liaisons also provide Appointed Command EFMP POC Training; now offered virtually


Current Contact Information

*As of APRIL 2020

Name Phone/ Email How to contact

Jessi Koehn (Navy & AF)

EFMP Case Liaison


MFSC Main: (808)474-1999

Limited in-office hours; contact MFSC main line or email directly

Kaori Walker (AF) 

Special Needs Coordinator 


(808) 448-6782
Call or email

HM2 (FMF) Gorbachev, Gleb USN
Patient Administration, Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Pearl
Harbor, HI
LIMDU, Fleet Liaison, EFMP,
*Acting MTFC 

(808) 473-1880 opt 9 ext 4514
Call or email for instructions to turn in completed DD Forms and supporting paperwork. 


Classes & Trainings

To register for MFSC Classes click here


2020 Live Sessions

Live classes will be updated as content becomes available online. Check back often! 

Class/Training Name



EFMP Program Overview 


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

EFMP Program Overview 


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

EFMP Command POC Training


1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

EFMP Program Overview 


9:00 AM – 10:00AM 

EFMP Program Overview


9:00 AM – 10:00AM

EFMP Program Overview 


9:00 AM – 10:00AM

EFMP Command POC Training 


1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

EFMP Program Overview


9:00 AM – 10:00AM

EFMP Program Overview 


9:00 AM – 10:00AM


Online Trainings and Professional Development

*Please check the MFSC Class & Event Schedule for specific dates and availability 


Topic Overviews

Special Education Rights Series: Provides parents with basic, foundational information on the rights of families under state and federal special education laws. 

  • Evaluation and Eligibility:  A comprehensive introduction to special education laws and procedures including; purpose of the law, when and how to make a referral, evaluations, team meeting process’, standards for determining eligibility, services and placement, options regarding an IEP and due process rights for resolving disputes.  
  • Understanding the IEP: Why its important, how it’s developed, what types of services should be included and understanding measurable goals and objectives. 
  • Transition Planning: Why transition planning is essential for your child’s future educational needs, who is eligible, services that could be included, student and parent roles in transition planning, honoring your student’s vision, age of majority and anticipated graduation date. 
  • 504 Plans: Explains 504 Plans, who qualifies, what it contains, and the major differences between a 504 Plan and an IEP. 
  • How to Talk so Schools will Listen: A candid conversation with both a parent and a special education teacher on how to improve communication and reduce barriers with school staff and administration. Learn how to respectfully advocate and articulate your child’s needs beyond the pages of the IEP. 

Special Needs Financial Planning Series: This series examines the unique process of providing and planning for the family with special needs. *Created in partnership with the Personal Financial Management Team (PFM)

  • SSI/Medicaid & SSDI Medicare: Government benefits are complicated and time consuming to understand. We will discuss in detail what the government benefits and the types of programs are, their importance, when and how to apply, how to qualify and how much money the individual with special needs would possibly receive. We also discuss what factors move an individual from SSI to SSDI and why, and what affect this has on Medicaid and/or Medicare. We briefly discuss works incentives for both SSI and SSDI. Work incentives are the safety nets which allows one to work, but keep their government benefits and/or insurance.
  • Estate Planning for a Secure Future: together with advice from a special needs attorney, we will discuss the key elements of estate planning for the family with special needs. There will be an explanation of the necessary estate planning documents such as wills, trusts, powers of attorneys, living wills, HIPPA, etc. along with a description of the specifics of special needs estate planning; guardianship, special needs trusts, government benefits, funding options and more. 
  • The Special Needs Trust: learn more about this legal arrangement that lets a physically or mentally ill person, or someone who is chronically disabled, have access to funding without potentially losing the benefits provided by public assistance programs.


Professional Development & Training 

  • EFMP Overview: Program orientation for new MFSC staff members and volunteers. 
  • EFMP Command POC Training: This course of instruction provides guidance to EFMP Command POC designees to effectively manage the command exceptional family member program onboard their units and commands. The training also provides current information and guidance on POC’s roles and responsibilities to include Command EFMP enrollee, history, benefits, EFMP enrollment process, resources and general program information
  • Family Engagement Series 
  • Parent Advocacy Training: This course builds knowledge and confidence while parents learn to become advocates for their children. Learn how to partner with local school districts and service providers. *Course content focuses on Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Individualized Education Program (IEP).
  • Introduction to Autism and ABA Therapy:  Learn the basics about this system of autism treatment based on behaviorist theories. Can desired behaviors really be taught through a system of rewards and consequences? Gain a greater understanding of applying behavioral principles to behavioral goals, and the importance of carefully measuring the results. 
  • Cyberbullying Survival Guide: Cyberbullying has become more widespread and can be an issue for your child or teenager whether they go to school online or in-person. But can you spot cyberbullying in adults as well? The statistics worldwide reveal alarming facts about virtual harassment, its impact, and the many different shapes and forms it manifests. Become an expert at spotting and stopping this growing threat.


EFMP Emergency Management Series: *Created in partnership with the RED Team

  • Personal Disaster Assessment: assess the assistance your family may need before, during and after a disaster. This assessment will be the framework for your Disaster Management Plan, which will be based on your lowest anticipated level of functioning.  
  • Disaster Management Plan: Learn how to make a comprehensive emergency plan for your entire household. 
  • Disaster Ready Kit: Create an EFM specific emergency kit that will keep you two-weeks ready! 

Virtual Coffee Talk

Check out our new & improved Vrtual Coffee Talk flyer HERE

*Program & presenters are subject to change

**All talks are from 9AM-10AM unless otherwise noted





2 Weeks Ready


Learn how to build an emergency kit and create a plan that focuses on your EFM’s specific needs! 

IEP Training for a Virtual Environment


Learn how to look at IEP’s and accommodations within a virtual environment. 

Conversational Hawaiian 


Olelo Hawaii? Learn Hawaiian through a casual, conversational approach designed for beginners!

Intro to ASL 


Learn 25 basic ASL signs for beginners. 

Teal Pumpkin Project 


Presented by the Food Allergy Research and Education Foundation 

Operation Santa 


Event information and early registration

Sensory Friendly Santa


Photos, crafts and activities with the Claus Family!



News & Events

EFMP Virtual Family Support Group

We are all in this together! 

Begining June 18, 2020

Please email Jessi Koehn at for a link to the Zoom session. 




Join us for an evening of fun, social distancing, and REAL PRIZES!

After registration, will be given a link to your bingo card and entrance key into the Bingo Hall! 

 *Limited to 25 Players, sign up HERE!


Coming Soon: SENSORY DIY

TUESDAYS @ 10:30AM  

An interactive virtual story time developed for humans who enjoy multisensory activities that engage the mind and the senses!

For a list of supplies, and to sign up: CLICK HERE


We appreciate our EFMP ‘Ohana! One way we try to keep our families informed connected to the community, is with our monthly newsletter. We try our best to offer relevant articles and useful, accessible resources. Please feel free to give us suggestions or share with us information that might be helpful to other EFMP families. MAHALO! 


The Kokua Bulletin Archive: 2020






EFMP Social Media Links

MFSC JBPHH Facebook Page 

MFSC EFMP Facebook Page 



EFMP Family Forum




The next Forum will be held: DATE/TIME


*Please register at least an hour before the event start time to receive the room code and password. 


EFMP Family Advisory Committee 

Secure Log-In 


EFMP Mentorship Program 


Professionals, websites and organizations are all excellent sources of information. But there is a natural comfort in finding someone who can relate to your specific situation and personal experiences. There is a significant ease and connection knowing that someone understands your very same concerns, challenges and joys. 


Because of this, EFMP has created a brand-new Mentorship Program called EFMP Haiawai.


Haiawai is the Hawaiian word for ‘mentor’


Here are some examples of benefits of the program: 


  • Connect with other EFM’s from around the island
  • Be a part of a multi-disciplinary support network
  • Increase your engagement with community partners
  • Have support navigating the DoD system


New mentors will be provided with a training program.


Families that are interested in becoming EFMP Command Sponsors will have an additional training provided by the Relocation Team. 


*Our goal is that this informal peer-to-peer network can offer support, mentorship and guidance to our EFMP ‘Ohana! 


Would you like to connect with other EFMP families in a positive way? Please complete the Mentor/Mentee Profile Sheet. We keep a confidential list of participants and volunteers that will not be given out or publicized.  

EFMP Forms




DD Forms

  • DD 2792: Medical Provider Instructions
  • DD 2792 Enrollment Form w/Instructions (highlighted) 
  • DD 2792-1: Special Education Provider Instructions
  • DD 2792-1 Enrollment Form w/ Instructions (highlighted) 


Air Force


Family Needs Assesment


JBPHH EFMP uses the non-clinical EFMP Family Needs Assessment,  designed by OSD Office of Special Needs, DD Form 3054. A Family Needs Assessment helps gather information about our EFMP families in order for our EFMP Case Liaisons to determine each family’s area of need and to provide them with the appropriate resources and support services


If you would like to create a Family Needs Assessment, please call the Military & Family Support Center to schedule an appointment. 


Respite Care Programs 


Tricare ECHO 


If you are enrolled in the EFMP, you may also qualify for the TRICARE ECHO program. Among other benefits, the TRICARE ECHO program offers:

·       ECHO Respite Care – 16 hours per month when receiving other authorized ECHO benefits.

·       TRICARE ECHO Home Health Care Respite – up to 40 hours per week (eight hours per day, five days per week) for those who qualify


Tricare ECHO Enrollment Program


As you know, your EFMP team is passionate about improving the lives of our EFM’s. One of the ways we can achieve this goal is by connecting our families with resources within the Special Needs Community. 


We are excited to share with you an ever-evolving list of innovative resources on the local and national level. 


We LOVE learning about new programs being developed, especially within our own community. If you have a favorite Special Needs organization that you would like to see on our list, let us know about it! 


Community Resources 




Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii


Leadership in Disabilities and Achievement of Hawaii-LDAH


Hawaii State Resources 


The Office of Special Education in Hawaii:


Special Parent Information Network: Hawaii


Leadership in Disabilities & Achievement of Hawai’i


National Resources 



AUMI, which stands for ‘Adaptive Use Musical Instrument’ is a software interface which enables the user to play sounds and musical phrases through movement and gestures. The website has a TON of information, including articles and tutorials. There is a desktop version as well as an App.


Autism Village

This App (also a website) is an amazing example of when technological innovation supports families with special needs. Pennsylvania dad, Topher Wurts, was inspired by his 13-year-old son who has ASD. The Yelp-like app helps people find sensory friendly restaurants, parks, museums and other locations that are ‘not too noisy, accommodating of dietary needs, and friendly to children with autism’. According to Kickstarter, one of the main goals of the App is to continue to be FREE. 


Disabled Sports USA

Founded by Vietnam Veterans; the organization helps anyone with a permanent disability participate in sports within an adaptive setting. They currently provide opportunities to over 60,000 youth, wounded warriors, and adults, annually through 120 Chapters in 40 states. 


#AdaptatHome COVID-19 Updates

Check out dozens of live and recorded adaptive fitness classes here:

Chapters and Members – Find resources and support here:

Easter Seals

Easter Seals offers resources for children and adults with disabilities and special needs. They offer support for, seniors, military and veterans, employment and training, medical rehabilitation, camping and recreation and brain health. Easter Seals believes that families need to be active members of any therapy program, and offers training to help them meet their individual needs. 


Friendship Circle International

With over 80 chapters worldwide, Friendship Circle international is a fast-growing and soon to be widely known organization. They provide home visits, respite care, holiday programs, camps, life-skills training and other resources. But we believe the most important impact FCI has in our community is that they train teenagers to build relationships with humans with disabilities. Their website states that this ‘provides friendship for the individual with special needs, respite for parents and siblings, and also teaches empathy and inclusion to the volunteers and the community’, we think its just a great idea. 


Goodwill Industries International

Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunities, as well as help people in need to reach their full potential through learning and the power of work. 


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The US Department of Education’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, website. 


National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

The NCWD focuses on young teens learning how to cope with their disability in everyday life. Their focus is on education and how to find their unique place in the workforce. Once they are able to achieve their educational and employment goals, the NCWD works with them to live as independently as possible. 


Parent to Parent USA

Parent to Parent USA is a group that matches parents with a fellow parent who has a child with the same special healthcare need, disability or mental health concern. This allows each parent or family to have a contact for sharing information, receiving support and creating new friendships. The website reports that they have parent ‘matches’ in almost every state. 


Special Olympics

The goal of the Special Olympics is to improve the lives of over 200 million adults with intellectual disabilities around the world.  Although they are most widely known their Olympic-style sports competitions; they are also HUGE advocates for improving access to healthcare, creating social inclusion in schools, and training leadership skills for individuals with ID. 


Military Resources 


Military OneSource



If you are a fan of our ‘App Spotlight’ section of the Kokua Bulletin or are just looking for Apps that make an impact, check-out the links below! 


Autism Village

This App (also a website) is an amazing example of when technological innovation supports families with special needs. Pennsylvania dad, Topher Wurts, was inspired by his 13-year-old son who has ASD. The Yelp-like app helps people find sensory friendly restaurants, parks, museums and other locations that are ‘not too noisy, accommodating of dietary needs, and friendly to children with autism’. According to Kickstarter, one of the main goals of the App is to continue to be FREE. 


EFMP Lending Library 


The MFSC EFMP office has a variety of resources available to sponsors, families and commands to borrow for up to 6 months. These resources include books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and sensory equipment.

2021 EFMP Surveys

Exceptional Family Member Program Survey15 May 2021 through 15 June 2021



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