Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) at Camp Pendleton assists active duty personnel in providing for the special needs of family members before, during and after relocation required by a change of duty assignment. The program ensures every attempt is made to bring together military careers and special needs.
Any authorized dependent family member (spouse, child, stepchild, adopted child, foster child, or dependent parent) of active duty personnel residing with the sponsor who possess a physical, medical, or emotional disability for a period of six months or more is eligible for enrollment.
It is mandatory, per MCO P1754.4B, that family member’s with special needs enroll in the EFMP. This assists Headquarters Marine Corps with assigning active duty personnel to locations where the special needs of family members can best be met.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enroll in the EFMP?
By calling one of two EFMP offices at Camp Pendleton: Mainside (760) 725-5363 or San Onofre (760) 763-0868. Families who are interested in EFMP support will be assigned a caseworker to assist with the enrollment process and all available community and installation resources to facilitate services and continuity of care for the family.
What are some of the benefits of enrolling in the EFMP?
Up to 40 hours of respite care per month, support groups, parent workshops, assistance with finding local resources, as well as, TRICARE Extended Care Health Options (ECHO) enrollment assistance.
What does the Extended Care Health Options (ECHO) program provide?
ECHO provides additional medical coverage from TRICARE (Conus only) such as special education, durable equipment and rehabilitation care. For more information, visit: TRICARE. To enroll in ECHO or be screened for eligibility, fax completed forms DD2792 and DD2792-1 (download from this website) to 877-890-9276.
Are families enrolled in the EFMP able to be stationed overseas?
Overseas assignments for all active duty personnel and family members require screening. If sufficient care is determined as not available overseas, EFMP will work to ensure a duty location where both career and Exceptional Family Member needs are met.
Does the EFMP provide relocation support?
EFMP caseworkers at both the losing and gaining installation will assist in the transition of medical and educational care. Ask the EFMP office for a “PCS Needs Assessment Sheet” upon receipt of orders.
How can EFMP help my Exceptional Family Member with the Individual Education Plan (IEP)?
Caseworkers will assist you with issues ranging from school services, access to therapies, related resources and provide workshops to help families learn to be their family member’s best advocate.
I am part of the EFMP. Can I secure priority housing?
Priority housing for Marine Corps enrolled families is now determined by the HQMC EFMP office via the medical screening team.
For more information on scheduled workshops, please email or call Winona Britt at (760) 725-3175.
EFMP Power Hour
Offered monthly for EFMP family members, parents, caretakers and providers aboard Camp Pendleton. See Flier.
- Special Needs Trusts
- Any topics that families request
SemperFi-Kids IEP Parent Training Series
Specific to parents of children with special needs and designed to take the confusion out of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process through a better understanding of special education guidelines, policies and procedures. EFMP caseworkers can provide individual consultations to parents. This workshop is highly recommended prior to caseworkers attending a child’s IEP meeting.
Register by calling the EFMP office or by email.
EFMP Base Installation Respite Care Reimbursement Program
The Respite Care Reimbursement Program is intended to reduce stress on sponsor families by providing temporary rest periods for family members who care for those who have special needs. Families assigned to the Camp Pendleton EFMP with EFMs identified as Level of Need (LoN) 3 or 4 can receive up to 20 clock hours per month of respite care, at an authorized rate. After verifying eligibility & authorized rate for the Respite Care Reimbursement Program, families may choose their own certified provider (Proof of certification & signed hold harmless agreement must be provided to our office prior to care), pay their provider for respite care hours, & then submit their original receipt, reimbursement log, & standard form 1164 to the Camp Pendleton EFMP office within 60 days to receive reimbursement.
Contact the EFMP office or your assigned EFMP Family Case Worker for more information or to enroll.
Respite Care Forms
Together We Grow
This program provides an environment that fosters self-esteem yet challenges each child to reach his or her full potential. Children learn to empathize with those who are different and to accept others who often face similar challenges. This program serves the needs of children who are:
- Developmentally Delayed
- Medically Fragile
- Special Needs
- Technology Dependent
For more information, call (760) 757-6031 or visit their website.
EFMP caseworkers at Camp Pendleton offer parent workshops and individual consultations to provide parents with the training and information needed to better understand special education guidelines, policies and procedures. Please contact the EFMP office to sign up for parent training and to meet with a caseworker.
North Coastal Consortium for Special Education (NCCSE)
NCCSE coordinates special education programs and placements for students from birth through age 21, in addition to monitoring compliance with state and federal mandates, developing policy, procedures and guidelines and providing staff development activities.
Contact Lisa Houghtelin, Parent Liaison North Coastal Consortium for Special Education (760) 471-8208 or visit: NCCSE Online
Resolutions For Student Success (RSS)
RSS Mediation Team assists in responding to resolve differences and concerns regarding special education by using neutral intervention and providing support to families and educators in San Diego County. This is a free program.
Call (800) 977-7008 or visit: EFRC Online
Disability Rights of California
Special Education advocacy support for families includes Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and objectives. “Least Restrictive Environment” and “Prior Written Notice” assistance is offered to families to help better understand the special education laws and policies in the local schools. Call (800) 776-5746 or visit their website.
Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)
Federally funded Parent Training and Information (PTI) center that assists parents of children with special needs to access support services in the state they reside. STOMP is a program of Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment (PAVE).
Call (253) 565-2266, (800)-5-PARENT or visit: Stomp Project
TASKmil – Team of Advocates for Special Kids – Military
Non-profit agency that assists military parents of children with special needs in California to access assistance and support in early intervention, education, medical, or therapeutic support services for their children.
Call (866) 609-3218 or visit: TASKmil
The EFMP Family Forum is a place to identify and champion issues of our special needs families at Camp Pendleton, offering ideas, promoting creativity, integrating work, and problem solving. This committee will allow for greater coordination and collaboration in accessing quality support services.
Who is invited?
A open forum for all EFMP military families, active duty and retired, in conjunction with, and whose purpose is, to make recommendations and advise the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton of improvements to services and accessibility for disabled persons aboard the base. All active duty, their dependants and retired personnel are invited to attend the meetings.
When does it meet?
The Military Committee for Persons with Disabilities (MCFPWD) meets quarterly. Please contact the nearest EFMP office for specific dates and times.
How can I get involved?
All Exceptional Family Members are encouraged to attend the meetings and become a member. It is simple to join- simply contact one of the EFMP offices to request a membership sheet. Please note that membership is not required to attend, all EFM’s are welcome. Concerns and requests for topic reviews are made using the Request for Review Form which is available at the EFMP offices as well. Provide your idea or concern to the committee in advance of the meeting to allow time for coordination of review process.
Contact an EFMP office to confirm dates and location. Mainside: (760) 725-5363. San Onofre/SOI: (760) 763-0868.
National Military Family and Base Resource Guides
ECHO supplements the basic TRICARE program by providing financial assistance for certain services and supplies to qualifying beneficiaries. The services available under ECHO vary depending on the needs of the beneficiary.
If you need assistance with ECHO benefits or would like to see if you qualify, please call UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans at 1-855-874-6800 or contact your EFMP Family Case Worker.
Regional Center – Lifetime Program
State and county services for developmental disabilities
Exceptional Family Resource Center – Parent & Family Support
Provides support, information and education to active duty family members of children with disabilities. This support enables parents to help their children reach their fullest potential.
North County Office (760) 510-3994. EFRC Online
Children’s Care Connection (C3)
For families that have a newly diagnosed child or are having challenges with finding appropriate resources for their child. C3 is a free program offered by Children’s Hospital & Health Center to identify and treat developmental and behavioral concerns in children.
Contact: Oceanside Office: (760) 754-6110, San Marcos Office (760) 591-0179 or visit: Children’s Care Connection.
Military I.D. Card for Adult Children
Military dependent children may be eligible for a lifetime I.D. card after age 21 due to pre-existing medical conditions. The child must be incapable of self-support.
Contact HQMC, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, MMSR-6 for the eligibility criteria and application – Form DD 137-5, (800) 784-9310/9529 or, visit: Manpower – type “I.D. Card Eligibility” in the search box.
A comprehensive list of behavior, education and health resources located here in San Diego County and beyond.
Flourishing Families is the Parent Resource Guide for Children with Special Needs contains over 700 resources in San Diego County. Read informative articles that offer help and encouragement to families with special needs. Sign up to receive their eNewsletter &/or access past eNewsletters. Keeping you current and connected to relevant information in the community. Ready to get out of the house? Join their online community and receive access to find fun things to do with the family.
Please contact the EFMP offices for additional resources.
Once you have established your residency or if you are newly enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program but not new to Camp Pendleton, you will be assigned an EFMP Family Case Worker that will be your point of contact for resources and questions. You may utilize the list below to reference the MCB Camp Pendleton Housing area or city you live in to connect with the assigned family caseworker.
If you are transitioning to Camp Pendleton, Sadie Jewell will be your Transitional Family Case Worker for the Exceptional Family Member Program. Download Welcome Letter.
Seniorina Rold – Program Manager
(760) 725-5363 – Email
Winona Britt – Training, Education & Outreach (TEO) Specialist
Contact to receive email updates about upcoming events and changes within the EFMP at Camp Pendleton
(760) 725-3175 – Email
Housing Areas: San Mateo, San Onofre
Cities: San Mateo, San Onofre, San Clemente, Families Assigned to Inspector & Instructor (I&I) Duty in the West Coast Region (Kansas, Missouri)
(760) 725-7165 – Email
Housing Areas: Del Mar, Forester Hills, Pacific View, Wire Mountain (I, II, III)
Cities: Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Carlsbad, Vista
(760) 763-1310 – Email
Housing Areas: South Mesa, Wire Mountain (I, II, III)
Cities: Oceanside, Vista
(760) 725-1966 – Email
Housing Areas: Santa Margarita, Wire Mountain (I, II, III)
(760) 763-3607 – Email
Housing Areas: Stuart Mesa, San Diego
(760) 763-4254 – Email
Housing Areas: San Luis Rey, O’Neill Heights, De Luz, Serra Mesa
Cities: Fallbrook, Bonsall
(760) 725-0226 – Email
(760) 725-3521 – Email
Cities: Temecula, Winchester, Menifee
(760) 763-6911 – Email
Cities: Murrieta, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Riverside, San Bernadino, Escondido, Solana Beach, San Dieguito, San Marcos, Vallecitos, Valley Center, Ramona, Rancho Santa Fe, Families Assigned to Inspector & Instructor (I & I) Duty Station West Coast Region
(760) 763-6913 – Email
Area of Responsibility: Transitional Case Worker and Families Assigned to Inspector & Instructor (I&I) Duty in the West Coast Region
Cities: Los Angeles, Monterey
States: All States West of the Mississippi (Except: TX, KS, MO)
(760) 763-6910 – Email