Health & Safety

February 7, 2014

Respite care available for families with exceptional family member

EFMP_logoThe Army Exceptional Family Member Program Respite Care is a program that provides a temporary rest period for Family members responsible for regular care of persons with disabilities. Care may be provided in the EFMP respite care user’s home. Eligibility is based on EFMP enrollment and exceptional family member’s severe chronic conditions or significant medical needs. Respite care is not an entitlement or a guaranteed benefit; it is time-limited based on the exceptional family member’s medical condition and availability of funding.

The EFMP standardized and streamlined the process for delivering respite care to eligible Families in need of support. The intent is to ensure EFMP respite care is effectively managed and Family members with severe, chronic medical conditions and significant medical needs have access to quality respite care services. In an effort to enhance service delivery to EFMP-enrolled Families, there have been revisions to EFMP respite care policies and procedures including changes in eligibility criteria and family services needs matrix. An EFMP respite care panel was established to review and recommend approval or disapproval of all respite care submissions to the garrison commander, who is the decision authority.

Respite Care Procedures:

  • Family completes Department of the Army form 5189 “Application for Respite Care for Children and Adults with Disabilities”
  • Provide copy of EFMP summary to EFMP manager to verify enrollment status
  • An individual respite care plan is completed
  • A family needs assessment is completed
  • A family services needs matrix is completed

The primary care physician is given a DA form 4700 “Medical Record-Supplemental Medical Data” to complete, along with written guidance on respite care eligibility

Relatives or friends living in the home of the servicemember/exceptional family member will not be authorized to be paid as respite care providers. Family members who knowingly provide false information will have respite care services discontinued immediately. Servicemembers who knowingly provide false information to obtain respite care services may be subject to disciplinary action for offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

For more information regarding EFMP, EFMP Respite Care, or how to become a respite care provider, contact the Fort Irwin EFMP manager, Evelyn Sandoval-Villalobos, at 380-3698 or evelyn.sandovalvillalobos.civ@mail.mil.




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