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

EFMP News Exceptional Family Member Program

August 2013


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Fun events & support groups



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In this issue: Camp Prime Time 2013 recap, pg. 3 EFMP Camp JBLM, pg. 4 EFMP enrollment process, pg. 7 Resources at your fingertips, pg. 8

Army Community Service (ACS) Director: Alecia R. Grady

JBLM life... PURPAS (formerly known as HUB) — High Functioning Autism Support Group Day hike to Chinook Pass Sheep Lake Saturday, Aug. 3. RSVP is required for this event. Bring your own equipment; a list will be available. For additional information or to RSVP, contact Glenda Garrett, parent volunteer, at 253-208-4335 or or Susan Jackson, Parent to Parent Coordinator, at 253-565-2266 or

13th Annual Autism Day WA Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

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EFMP Program Manager: Mary Herrera 253-967-9704 EFMP Staff Member Nancy Dozier: Carol Watrous: Jaclyn Gilley: Cheryl Hoyson: Timmy Milligan: Mike Berkshire:

253-967-9705 253-967-3451 253-967-3553 253-967-5795 253-967-9097 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.

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Saturday, Aug. 10, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at Jubilee Farm, 229 W. Snoqualmie River Rd. NE in Carnation. Enjoy games, hayrides, a picnic area, raffles, resource fair, live performances and a quiet zone — fun for the entire Family!

EFMP Family-Friendly Movie Saturday, Aug. 17, noon–2 p.m. at the McChord Theater. FREE movie in a sensory-controlled environment. Perfect for special needs and young viewers. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 253-982-2695.

Pierce County Coalition for Developmental Disabilities (PC2) Tuesday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m.–noon. “Coffee Klatch” Get-Together. This is an opportunity for parents to share what is important in their day-to-day lives in a casual setting. Coffee, tea, soda, water and juice will be provided. To RSVP, call 253-5640707, extension 101.

frienDS of Western Washington Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. at Kandel Park and Sprayground, 8425 6th Ave. in Tacoma. New group connecting Families,

creating friends in the Down Syndrome community. For more information, contact Shannon French, frienDS Parent Leader at 253-224-0397 or shannon.french@hotmail. com. Find them on Facebook at on.fb. me/11gEfJw

PURPAS — Bar-B-Que Saturday, Aug. 24, Titlow Park in Tacoma. For additional information or to RSVP, contact Glenda Garrett, parent volunteer, at 253-208-4335 or or Susan Jackson, Parent to Parent Coordinator, at 253-565-2266 or

Augus t Eve nt s fire, fishing and the second annual Family team scavenger hunt. The Haug Family won third place, the Fletcher Family won second place and the Mefford Family won first place this year. Congratulations! We greatly appreciate our supporters: Skip, who entertained us during our campfire, our Equity and parent volunteers Jim and Julie Jackson, Peter and Debbi Calkins, Kim Fleshman, Marty and Eric Alflen, Jessica Jackson, Mike Barnes, Krista Schaeffer, Tonja Rannow, Scott Deuel, Tyler and Mindy Kerbs, David and Michele Gross and Randy and Candace Mefford. A great big thanks to our bell ringers, Carybeth, Cyndi, Kayellen, Jenson and Devin. Without your help, we would have missed our meals and special activities. The campers would also like to express their appreciation to the Autism Society of Washington who made donations through Starlight–Northwest to Camp Prime Time.


Equity Residential’s hardworking volunteers pictured above right helped make Camp Prime Time a success. Eighty-two JBLM Family members (from Families with seriously ill or developmentally disabled children) enjoyed a weekend in the mountains

Camp Prime Time 2013 For more than 27 years, Camp Prime Time has been providing an outdoor wilderness experience to Families with children who are seriously ill or developmentally disabled. These Families can escape their daily stresses, take pleasure in the beauty of the outdoors and participate in activities with other Families sharing similar challenges. This “prime time” experience is provided free of charge due to the generosity of companies and Families from around the state. Our EFMP Families have enjoyed this summer camp since 2004. In 2007, Equity

Residential heard about this program and wanted to be actively involved. They sponsor one of the cabins and participate in work parties in the spring and fall to prepare for the summer season and to winterize the camp before the first snowfall. Equity staff members volunteer during JBLM’s weekend by preparing meals, navigating the pontoon and interacting with our Families. It’s a terrific partnership. This year, we had 82 Family members representing 19 special needs Families. Our activities included individual and Family craft projects, games, hikes, boat rides, a horseback ride, singing around the camp

EFMP News is an authorized unofficial community information source published for members of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord 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: 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.

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Camp JBLM 2013 Pirates of American Lake II is almost here — and it brings your Family a weekend of fun! Sign up for access to fishing, pontoon rides, pirate crafts, a bounce slide, bingo, raffles, karaoke, face painting, a treasure hunt, swimming, Family photos, a barbecue lunch and more!


he 6th Annual Exceptional Family Member Program Camp “Pirates of American Lake II” Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be held on American Lake at the Northwest Adventure Center cabin area, Aug. 23–25. Eleven EFMP Families will be selected to stay in the NAC cabins through a drawing to be held Aug. 17. Families interested in the cabin overnight stay can still register until Aug. 16. Families selected for the cabin overnight stay will be contacted by phone and email Aug. 19. A waiting list will also be created to ensure full occupancy of the cabins. EFMP Day Camp JBLM will be held Aug 24 at Shoreline Park at Lewis North from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all EFMP Families and will be a day filled with free piratethemed activities, including a barbecue, fishing, swimming, crafts, Matrix foam sword play, pontoon boat rides and more. Day Camp registration will remain open until Aug. 22. Unfortunately, camp T-shirts


cannot be guaranteed for those registering after July 31. Unclaimed camp T-shirts will be distributed near the end of the Day Camp for those EFMP campers who registered after the deadline. We would like to thank this year’s camp volunteers and sponsors, whose generous donation of time, activities and supplies will make this year’s camp possible: McChord Officers’ Spouses’ Club, USAA, Armed Forces Bank, University of Phoenix, Pediatric Dental Associates, KBTC, SKOOKUM, Lewis-McChord Communities Equity Residential, Radio Disney, JBLM Commissary vendors, Family Members of EFMP, Service members from Lewis Main, Madigan and McChord Field. Overnight campers arrive Friday evening, sign for their cabins and will enjoy dinner and an evening movie. Saturday for overnight campers begins with a continental breakfast. As day campers begin to arrive, Families will spend a day filled with fishing, pontoon rides,

pirate crafts, a bounce slide, bingo, raffles, karaoke, face painting, a treasure hunt, swimming, Family photos and a barbecue lunch at Shoreline Park. This year, Game Matrix will train our pirate campers in the art of foam sword fighting, Radio Disney AM1250 will co-host a 90-minute piratethemed interactive show with special prizes for participants. Overnight guests can barbecue their catches of the day and enjoy a campfire while roasting marshmallows for s’mores. Sunday morning, before guests check out, a pancake and sausage breakfast will be provided. Attendance has increased annually and Army Community Service EFMP continues to provide an amazing camp experience through outstanding volunteers and sponsor support. This year will be no different. Request your EFMP CAMP “Pirates of American Lake II” JBLM Registration Packet at ACS EFMP or by email at

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Support groups Special Families of Pierce County Special Families of Pierce County is a support group for Families with special needs children in the South Sound region. The Parkland/Spanaway Group No meeting in August. Meetings will resume Monday, Sept. 9, 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Pierce County Library Processing & Administrative Center, 3005 112th St. SE, Conference Room B. Location is 1 mile off Hwy. 512, Portland Ave. exit, at the corner of 112th Street East and Waller Road East. Childcare is not provided at this meeting. For questions, send an e-mail to The Downtown Tacoma Group No meeting in August. Meetings will resume Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific, on the corner of 15th and Pacific Avenue. Street parking is free after 6 p.m. Childcare is available with RSVP only. Contact Dena Radcliffe at for further information.

PURPAS A new Family support group for individuals with high-functioning autism, (formerly known as HUB.) Regular meetings will resume in September. Participants meet on the second Wednesday of the month at Henry Foss High School, 2112 South Tyler St. in Tacoma, Rooms 213A and 215A from 6:30–8 p.m.. Parents and young adult children are invited to attend. Bring your own beverage; snacks will be provided. 66

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for you & yours For more information, please contact PAVE at 253-565-2266. Susan Jackson: or Sybille White:

TACID Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities promotes the independence of

EFMP Enrollment Process

individuals with disabilities. It is located at 6315 South 19th St., Tacoma. Call 253-5659000 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.

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, which is 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, call 253-968-3659/0254/1370. Please note that this office is currently closed on Thursdays and Fridays. Air Force — Submit your completed enrollment forms to the EFMP/FMRC office on the first floor of the 62nd Medical Clinic. For a PCS screening or for questions call SSGT McDonald at 253-982-3350. For Air Force Respite Care, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 253-982-2695.

EFMP Family Support Services

Birth To Three Early Intervention Programs Contact the Lead Agency for your counties for a referral for services. 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

Bldg. 2140, Waller Hall, Room 400, JBLM-Lewis Main; Bldg. 552, Airman & Family Readiness Center, JBLMMcChord 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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