Army

June 13, 2014

OCONUS EFMP process explained, ACS shares news

Audrey Peterson-Hosto
ACS EFMP Manager

EFMP overseas screening processes explained

ACS personnel want to clarify the key players and their associated roles under the Army Exceptional Family Member Program. EFMP is composed of three components — ACS, medical and personnel. Each component plays an integral role to ensure program success.
When a Soldier not enrolled in the EFMP receives an assignment outside of the continental U.S., OCONUS, they also need to know that the EFMP impacts them as well.

All Soldiers reassigned OCONUS, including Alaska and Hawaii, and seeking command sponsorship must complete medical EFMP overseas screening for all Family members even if they aren’t currently enrolled in the EFMP.

Why?

Many OCONUS locations have limited access to specialized care, and the overseas screening process ensures the needs of a Soldier’s Family members are identified and can be accommodated by the gaining command before Family travel is authorized.

Soldiers completing the online levy briefing are required to submit a DA Form 7415, EFMP Querying Sheet, to ACS EFMP. Not all students have access to the online levy briefing so it’s important they get the word from their leaders about the overseas screening requirement.

Upon receipt of the emailed DA 7415, the ACS EFMP system navigator provides information to Soldiers, including information on the overseas screening process and contact information for the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center, RWBACH, EFMP special needs advisor.

Don’t wait to initiate this screening process. This should be one of the first things Soldiers do when notified of OCONUS assignment instructions.

Delays can occur if Family members require updated physical examinations or have other medical related issues. Also, there is only one medical EFMP representative to complete the required forms so, if the representative is away from the office for an extended period, the process is delayed.

If you have medical-related EFMP questions or need to initiate medical overseas screening, contact the RWBACH EFMP special needs advisor at 520.533.9472. Obtain instructions on this process by visiting http://rwbach.huachuca.amedd.army.mil/efmp.html.
For information on how ACS EFMP can assist Families enrolled in the EFMP in transitioning to the next duty station, contact ACS, 520.533.2330.

What’s new for NPSP

New Parent Support Program personnel are excited to welcome back Annette Muellar, an international board-certified lactation consultant. She will join the group which will meet in the ACS conference room on Thursday, 10 a.m., for an informal question-and-answer session about anything people may want to know about breastfeeding.

Also on Thursday at 3 p.m. in the ACS conference room, Baby Boot Camp will feature an Infant Massage Class taught by Terrie Gibson, a certified infant massage instructor. Learn techniques to calm and sooth your baby through nurturing touch.
Research shows that babies who are massaged: may sleep deeper and longer; will spend more time active and alert; and will increase bonding and attachment to their parents.

For more information, call 520.533.8961.

ACS receives food voucher program grant

ACS has been awarded a $3,000 matching grant from the Armed Forces Bank and the Armed Forces Financial Network. The ACS staff thanks these donors for their continued support to ACS and to Fort Huachuca’s Soldiers, Family members and retirees through the ACS food voucher program.

Employment Readiness Program

Need guidance and information about resources to prepare for and locate employment? The ACS Employment Readiness Program can help. ERP offers information about local and federal employment opportunities, the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, MSEP, interviewing skills, resume critiquing, career planning resources and more.

Want to build work experience? Ask ACS how to access volunteer opportunities.

ERP services are available by appointment only on Tuesday and Thursday. Call 520.533.5899 to set up an appointment and obtain preliminary information via email.

Federal Employment Classes are also offered at ACS the second Tuesday of each month from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Upcoming classes will be held on July 8 and Aug. 12. Pre-registration is required to attend, and classes are open to valid military identification cardholders only. Call 520.533.2330 to register.




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