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Health care and other services for families with special needs are available and accessible to military families across all installations. It’s important to know that programs and service may vary from installation to installation. Make sure you make contact with your health care provider(s) before your move. Also make sure you know how to reach them during and after your move in case of emergencies.
If you anticipate a move to another TRICARE region, learn the steps you should take to make sure your transition is as smooth as possible by visiting Moving. On arrival at the new duty location, you or your sponsor can contact the Beneficiary Counseling and Assistance Coordinator, or BCAC, at the military treatment facility if you have questions or need assistance to obtain authorizations for TRICARE Extended Care Health Option services, if applicable.
All TRICARE regional offices and most military treatment facilities are staffed with beneficiary counseling and assistance coordinators, or BCAC, who can provide help with understanding your health care benefit and guidance on getting the services needed. If you or your family member has more severe needs, contact your TRICARE case manager.
Medicaid provides health coverage for individuals and families with low incomes or have a disability. The department of social services or the department of medical assistance may administer the Medicaid program in your state. Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, is a cash assistance program intended to meet basic needs for disabled adults and children who have limited resources. Families must reapply after moving to a new state.
Many states offer services for children with special health care needs funded by the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, or Title V. State departments of health websites and local health departments can provide information on state health benefits. The Maternal and Child Health Bureau website has more information, including state points of contact.
The Extended Care Health Option provides financial assistance to beneficiaries of active-duty service members who qualify based on specific mental or physical disabilities. The Extended Care Health Option offers an integrated set of services and supplies beyond the basic TRICARE program. Regional contractors in each of the TRICARE regions and overseas administer the program.
The clinics and services available at military treatment facilities vary by location. Before you move, identify the military treatment facility that will serve you, visit its website to learn about the services available and get contact information.
Case management involves a team of health care professionals who help you and your family find solutions to complex health problems. It is important to inform your case manager if you are moving as he or she will connect you with the case manager at your new location.
Contact your installation’s household goods/transportation office for information on special procedures for the transportation of medical equipment.
TRICARE debt collection assistance officers, or DCAO, are assigned to regional offices and military treatment facilities worldwide and can help beneficiaries understand and get assistance with debt collection issues related to TRICARE.
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military & civilian agencies to provide comprehensive & coordinated medical, educational, housing, community support, and personnel services to families with special needs. Early enrollment in the EFMP is the soldier's guarantee that the Army military personnel will do its best to match the soldier's grade and specialty with a location where the exceptional family member's needs can be met. Information about EFMP enrollment is not given to selection boards. EFMP enrollment does not adversely affect a soldier's selection for promotion, schools, or assignment.
The EFMP Manager can assist your family in relocating and becoming knowledgeable about the installation and the surrounding community's resources and support services available. If someone in your family could be an EFM, enrolling them into the program gives you the greatest assurances of consideration of the special needs assignment process.
Upon in and outprocessing, Soldiers need to complete the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Querying Sheet, DA Form 7415.If they identify that they have an Exceptional Family Member, they should meet with the EFMP program manager who will provide guidance on enrollment procedures.They can also assist your family in relocating to the next installation by providing information and making appropriate contacts.
Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) is a military medical department program for children from birth through 2 years of age who are developmentally delayed.
Federal Law: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Regulation: DoD Instruction 1342.12, "Provision of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents," April 11, 2005
In the United States, EDIS operates only on military installations that have a DDESS school. EDIS provides services only to families who live on the installation. If a family lives off the installation, the children would receive early intervention from the local county program.
In overseas locations, EDIS operates where there is a DoDDS school. Whether a family lives on or off the installation, the child can still receive EDIS services.
Overseas, the ASD for Health Affairs has assigned each of the Military Services a geographic area of responsibility for EDIS. For example, the Navy serves all of Okinawa and mainland Japan, whether it is a Navy installation or not.
In some areas, one EDIS serves two or more communities. For example, Quantico serves Quantico and Dahlgren