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Your free guide to EFMP services, entertainment and educational opportunities on Joint Base Lewis-McChord


Exceptional Family Member Program

April 2014

Developmental Pediatrics

Behavioral Health Consultants Page 4

Local Support Groups

Pages 2,3 & 5

AFCS Survey - We Need Your Help!



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In this issue: April Events, pg. 2-3 Department of Pediatrics Internal Behavioral Health Consultants, pg. 4 AFCS Survey, pg. 4 Local Support Groups, pg. 2, 3 & 5 Birth-to-Three Services, pg. 5 EFMP Enrollment Process, pg. 5 Resources at your fingertips, pg. 6

Armed Forces Community Service (AFCS) Director: Alecia R. Grady

April Autism Awareness Day Apr. 5, 10:00 am - 3:00 p.m. Barnes and Noble,

Lakewood Towne Center, 5711 Main Street SW, Lakewood. Support Families Affected by Autism. Shop B&N online the week of April 1st and instore on April 5th. Purchase anything on-line, in-store or at the café and a portion goes to support families affected by Autism. Mention Voucher ID# 11289576.

PURPAS– Monthly Meeting Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

Bldg. 2140, Waller Hall, Rm. 400 JBLM-Lewis Main

EFMP Program Manager: Mary Herrera 253-967-9704 EFMP Staff Members: Nancy Dozier: Carol Watrous: Cheryl Hoyson: Rick Kivett: Lynn Shick: Anthony Buggage:

253-967-9705 253-967-3451 253-967-5795 253-967-9097 253-967-3464 253-982-2695

The EFMP office has an open-door policy regarding assistance to our Families. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about available services, concerns, or if you need resources or advocacy at Joint Base Lewis-McChord or in the civilian community. 2

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Apr. 9, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Henry Foss High School,

2112 South Tyler Street, Tacoma, Rooms 213A & 215A. Bring your own beverage; snacks will be provided. For more information please contact Susan Jackson or Sybille White at 253-5652266.

Down Syndrome Support Group Apr. 11, 6:30 p.m. BJ’s Restaurant, South Hill

Puyallup, Moms Night Out, Dads welcome too! Join other families who have children with Down Syndrome. Contact

EFMP Family Friendly Movie - “Frozen” Apr. 19, 12-2:00 p.m. McChord Theater. FREE. Sensory controlled environment. Perfect for special needs and young viewers. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own snacks. For more information contact 253982-2695.

Special Families of Pierce County Apr. 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m., “Social Thinking: Building Skills For At-Home Routines”, Speaker: Gretchen Mertes, Autism Specialist at Bethel School District. Contact


Summer Camps and Programs – 2014 for Children with Special Health Care Needs is now available. Seattle Children’s Hospital

friends of Western Washington Apr. 26, 10:00 a.m., Play Group for the Down Syndrome Community at Children’s Therapy Center, 8717 S Hosmer St., Tacoma. For information contact Shannon French at 253-2240397, Susan Jackson at 253565-2266, or on Facebook at:

Steilacoom STARS Community Meeting May 29, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Chloe Clark Elementary School Library, 1700 Palisade Blvd., Dupont. This will be the final meeting of the school year.

SKIES Registration Monday, Apr. 1 - 25, Parent Central Services,

Lewis Main & McChord Field to register for May SKIES classes. Last day to register for classes is the 4th Friday of every month. For a description of classes or to register your child, go to & click on the yellow WebTrac button.

publishes a directory for summer camps in Washington State. Their website is www. and includes a searchable database for the most current camp information. Hard copies also available in the AFCS EFMP office in Waller Hall.

EFMP News is an authorized unofficial community information source published for members of the Joint Base LewisMcChord EFMP community. There is no U.S. government endorsement of any commercial sponsor. Editorial content is provided by Exceptional Family Member Program, Army Community Service, and Family & Morale Welfare and Recreation offices. Submissions are welcome but will be edited for accuracy, brevity, clarity and journalistic style. Submissions are due on the first day of the month, one month prior to publication date. EFMP News is published monthly. Circulation: 1000. Send submissions to:

Thurston County Events

Egg Hunt

Apr. 4, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.,

Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College Street SE, Lacey

A Labyrinth in the Library Apr. 10, Noon – 5:00 p.m., Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College Street SE, Lacey

WALK MS 2014

Policy: We encourage letters to the editor, but they must be signed. We will consider withholding the name of the author upon request. Letters regarding an issue should contribute to informational interest. We reserve the right to edit all material for style, to fit available space, to resolve libel, force protection and grammar. Although the information in the issue is current at time of publication, activities and events are subject to change. Please contact the activity for confirmation.

Apr. 12, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Horizons Elementary

School, 4601 67th Avenue SE, Lacey

Ninth Annual Dragon Boat Festival at St. Martin’s Apr. 25, Port Plaza of Olympia near the

Marine Terminal. For more information, visit

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Department of Pediatrics Internal Behavioral Health Consultants

The Pediatrics Department at Madigan Army Medical Center offers easy access to internal behavioral health professionals specializing in child and family health. Consultants provide support for: Tantrums, child development, parenting concerns, school concerns, discipline, postpartum depression, toileting, medication adherence, sleep problems, blended families, ADHD, autism, chronic health needs, depression, deployment and reunification, anxiety, exposure to violence or neglect, mood problems, safety concerns, eating disorders, weight management, teen issues, family loss and bereavement, children with disabilities, PTSD, and adjustment to divorce. If interested in these services, simply let your pediatrician know; you will be seen at your

convenience. You may also call the Pediatrics Clinic directly at 253-968-1980. Appointments

are brief (about 20 minutes) and sessions are generally limited to four or fewer.

JBLM AFCS Needs Assessment Survey

We need your help - please take our survey! 4


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Help JBLM Armed Forces Community Service (AFCS) better tailor their programs to meet your needs. Please take a few minutes to provide your feedback by completing a survey available via the following link:

Birth To Three Early Intervention Programs

Contact the Lead Agency for your county for a referral for services.

EFMP Enrollment Process

Family Resource Coordination/Pierce County: 253-798-3790 South Sound Parent To Parent/Thurston County: 360-352-1126 Holly Ridge Center/Kitsap and Mason counties: 360-373-2536 Community Health Access Program (CHAP)/King County: 206-284-0331

Support Groups for You & Yours Special Families of Pierce County Special Families of Pierce County (SFPC) is a support group for families with special needs children in the South Sound region. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, from 6:008:00 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Avenue, on

the corner of 15th and Pacific Avenue. Street parking is free after 6 p.m. Childcare is limited and preregistration is required each month. To RSVP go to: Contact Angela Fish at specialfamiliespc@ for further information.



A family support group open to all (parents, children, and helping professionals) for individuals with Autism. Participants meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Henry Foss High School, 2112 South Tyler Street, Tacoma, Rooms 213A and 215A from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Bring your own beverage; snacks will be provided. For more information please contact PAVE at 253-5652266. Susan Jackson: sjackson@ or Sybille White:

Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities promotes the independence of individuals with disabilities. It is located at 6315 South 19th Street, Tacoma. Call 253565-9000 for further information. The website is and has a program link to an extensive schedule of workshops and support groups for peer support, employment, recovery and wellness, housing, independent living, and veterans’ services.

Steilacoom STARS, Students Triumph with Autism Resources and Supports Provides information and supports for those in our community impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Meetings offer an opportunity for families, students and educators to connect, learn, and grow. STARS can provide opportunities and resources for families to network, students to share their experiences, ed-

ucators, and families to learn more about these exceptional students and how best to support them at school and in the community. Open to anyone in any school district. Contact: Dena Snow, 253.983.2633, dsnow@ or Colette Parrotte, 253-983-2611, cparrotte@

If your Family member has a health condition that necessitates a specialist or specialty clinic, he or she MUST be enrolled in EFMP under medical, DD Form 2792. If your child has an IEP (Individualized Education Program) or 504 plan, he or she must be enrolled in EFMP under education, DD Form 2792-1. Enrollment forms for EFMP are renewed every three years or sooner, if there are significant changes. Disenrollment is not automatic upon expiration; it is required for a change in marital status or a significant improvement that no longer warrants enrollment.

Army — Submit your completed enrollment forms to the EFMP office located in the Madigan Nursing Tower, on the first floor, left side, just past the chapel, room 1-28-17. For questions regarding enrollment or overseas screenings, please call 253-968-0254/1370/4355. This office is closed on Thursdays. Air Force — Submit your completed enrollment forms to the SNC office 62nd Medical Clinic, first floor of Airman’s Clinic Bioenvironmental hallway, second/ third office on left. For a PCS screening or for questions call SSGT Michelle Sutton at 253-982-3350. Lois Fisher is the Special Needs Coordinator at 253-982-5568. Open Monday, Tuesday, Friday 0800-1530; Wednesday 0800 – 1100. Closed 2nd Tuesday 1200 – 1530; Closed on Thursday. EFMP Family Support Services

Bldg. 2140, Waller Hall, Room 400, JBLMLewis Main; Bldg. 552, Servicemember & Family Readiness Center, JBLM-McChord Field. Installation and local resources and services, housing and school issues, IEP/504 plans, respite care, systems navigation, advocacy, support groups, monthly newsletter, disability services and Special Needs Accommodation Process are available for all Army and Air Force EFMP Families.

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Information and events for Families with special needs on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.