EFMP Contacts

Janice E. Smith, RN

Special needs coordinator

Exceptional Family Member Program- Medical

81st Medical Group/ SGHU

301 Fisher Street Room GH023

Keesler Air Force Base, MS 39534-2519

COMM: 228-376-4056

DSN: 591- 4056

Fax: 228-376-0094



Melba Harris

Family member relocation clearance coordinator

81st Medical Group/ SGHU

301 Fisher Street Room GH024

Keesler Air Force Base, MS 39534-2519

COMM: 228-376-5605

DSN: 591- 5605

Fax: 228-376-0094


EFMP Goals and Responsibilities

EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program administered by the medical community that works with key community agencies to identify active duty sponsors who have family members with special educational or medical needs.

One of the goals is to protect the federal entitlements and military benefits of family members as they move around the world with their active duty sponsors. Air Force Personnel Center Assignments Procedure and Programs also coordinates reassignments for active duty sponsors when one of more family members’ needs cannot be met in the current location.

Identifying Special Needs

Family members of active duty Airmen and civilian employees appointed to an overseas position who meet one or more of the following criteria will be identified as family members with special medical needs:

  • Potentially life-threatening conditions and or chronic medical or physical conditions(such as high-risk newborns, patients with a diagnosis of cancer within the last five years, sickle cell disease or insulin-dependent diabetes) requiring follow-up support more than once a year, or specialty care.

  • Current and chronic (duration of six months or longer) mental health condition (such as bipolar, conduct, major affective or thought/personality disorders), inpatient or intensive outpatient mental health service within the last five years; intensive (greater than one visit monthly for more than six months) mental health services required at the present time. This includes medical care from any provider, including a primary health care provider.

  • A diagnosis of asthma or other respiratory-related diagnosis with chronic recurring wheezing that meets one of the following criteria:

    • Scheduled use of inhaled and anti-inflammatory agents and or bronchodilators.

    • History of emergency room use or clinic visits for acute asthma exacerbations within the last year.

    • History of one or more hospitalizations for asthma within the past five years.

    • History of intensive care admissions for asthma within the past five years.

  • A diagnosis of attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder that meets on of the following criteria:

    • A comorbid psychological diagnosis.

    • Requires multiple medications, psych pharmaceuticals (other than stimulants) or does not respond to a normal dose of medication. Requires management and treatment by mental health provider (e.g., psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker).

    • Requires specialty consultant, other than a family practice physician or general medical officer, more than twice a year on a chronic basis.

    • Requires modification of then educational curriculum or the use of behavioral management staff.

  • Requires adaptive equipment (such as apnea home monitor, home nebulizer, wheelchair, splints, braces, orthotics, hearing aids, home oxygen therapy, home ventilator, etc.).

  • Requires assistive technology devices (such as communication devices) or services.

  • Requires environmental/ architectural considerations (such as limited number of steps, wheelchair accessibility/housing modifications and air conditioning).

  • Requires special education as specified on an IEP or IFSP; or has a developmental delay or condition that is likely to result in a developmental delay.