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


Exceptional Family Member Program

February 2014

Fun Things to do Around JBLM Pages 4-5

Local Support Groups

Families Overcoming Under Stress (FOCUS)

Pages 2 & 7

Page 2-3



New Support Group: Steilacoom STARS Page 6

Bldg. 2140, Room 400/253-967-9704/9705


In this issue: February Events, pg. 2-3 Fun Things around JBLM, pg. 4-5 FOCUS Program, pg. 6 New Support Group, pg. 6 Local Support Groups, pg. 2 & 7 Birth-to-Three Services, pg. 7 EFMP Enrollment Process, pg. 7 Resources at your fingertips, pg. 8

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

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: Lynn Shick: Anthony Buggage:

253-967-9705 253-967-3451 253-967-5795 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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Dr. Dad Feb. 6 and 13, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Special Families of Pierce County Feb. 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m.,

Steilacoom STARS Community Meeting Feb. 6, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

EFMP Family Friendly Movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” Feb. 15, 12-2 p.m.

(Modules 1 and 2) Increases skills and confidence for new fathers, focusing on health & safety. Location – BLD 2013 North 3rd Street & Pendleton, Lewis Main, Rm 111. Call 253-967-5901 for additional information.

Chloe Clark Elementary School Library, 908 3rd Street, Steilacoom, WA 98388.

Down Syndrome Support Group Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m.

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

PURPAS– Monthly Meeting Feb. 12, 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.

“The Perfect Storm: The True Cause of Neurodevelopmental Disorders”, Speaker: Dr. Nathan Wall, Chiropractor at Wall Family Chiropractic. Contact specialfamiliespc@

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.

Community Inclusion Program Feb. 20, 6-8:00 p.m.

Tools & Techniques: Social Communication, Gray Middle School, 6229 South Tyler, Tacoma. Call Susan Jackson at 253-565-2266 for more information.

friends of Western Washington

Feb. 22, 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 253-224-0397, Susan Jackson at 253-565-2266, or on Facebook at:


SKIES Registration Feb. 3 - 28

Parent Central Services, Lewis Main & McChord Field (map) to register for March 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.

Upcoming event on Mar. 1 BioRx is sponsoring an Interactive Education, pizza, and bowling event for those who have a bleeding disorder such as Hemophilia or Von Willebrand’s Disease. Speaker: Sandy Puckett, RN, BSN for BioRx. Do you have painful joints from bleeding episodes? Come learn how to improve

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Special Olympics - Track & Field and Aquatics registration Feb. 3 through Mar 21

& maintain your joint health and physical fitness. Location: Bowl Arena Lanes, Bldg 2272 Liggett Ave, JBLM LewisMain from 1100 – 1500. For more information and to secure your seat, please contact Danielle Macomber (English) at 360.335.7016, dmacomber@ or Gloria Acosta (Spanish), 253-682-9636,

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Fun Things to do Around JBLM!


lay to Learn at JBLM is a FREE collaborative program for parents, grandparents, neighbors, family and friends who nurture children ages six and under. This is sponsored through the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Program Dates are February 5, 12, 19, 26, and March 5, 12, 19, and 26. Locations are Wednesday Mornings 1011:30 a.m. at the Escape Zone, 841, off Lincoln Blvd. on McChord Field. Wednesday Afternoons 1:30 – 3 p.m., Raindrops and Rainbows, 8197 American Lake Drive, Lewis North.


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pecial Night of Play for families with children with Autism at the Hands On Children’s Museum on Saturday,

February 15 from 6-8 p.m. We hope that this will provide families a less stimulating time to experience the museum


along with collaboration with families that share the same life experiences. Families will find compassion and acceptance for typical behaviors such as vocalizing and running and other complexities of autism. We will offer “quiet” spaces as well as developmentally appropriate activities and information about resources for families in our community. There will be special discounted admission for that evening: Members, ages 1 & up: $5 per person. Non-members, ages 1 & up: $7 per person. Babies, ages 0-11 months: Free.

ream Interpretation for Beginners, Saturday, Feb. 15, 1-3 p.m. Lacey Timberland Library. For more information, call the library at 360-4913860.

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rack Down Book Characters, Mar. 3-8, All day, Lacey Timberland Library. For more information call the library at 360-4913860.


nime Club, Monday, Feb. 10, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College Street SE, Lacey 98503. Anime Club at the Library – Teens can gather to discuss manga, Japanese print comics, and anime, Japanese animation. For more information, call the library at 360-491-3860.


izza & Paperbacks, Saturday, Feb. 15, 3-4 p.m., Lacey Timberland Library. For more information call the library at 360-491-3860.


enealogy Café at the Library, Feb. 15, 1-3 p.m., Olympia Timberland Library. For more information call the library at 360-352-0595.



ailroad Society Open to Visitors, Thursdays and Saturdays, times vary. For more information visit www.omrx-wa. org



ook Babies, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 10:30-11 a.m. Lacey Timberland Library. For more information, call library at 360491-3860.

esume Help at the Library, Daily by appointment at the Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St. SW, Tumwater. Call the library at 360943-7790 and schedule a one-hour appointment to help you create or update your resume.


Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet & Skype Q&A with Filmmaker, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7:309:30 p.m. Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE, Olympia 98501. For more information, call the library at 360-352-0595.


ednesday Morning Bird Walk, Ongoing, 8 a.m., Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, located off Interstate 5 at Exit 114. A guided bird walk through the refuge, held throughout the year, rain or shine. For more information visit www. or call 360-753-9467.

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Families OverComing Under Stress

Resiliency Training for Military Families and Children. FAMILIES: Individual Family sessions that build upon Family strengths in order to weather the stress of deployment (pre, during, post) and other military transitions • Improves communications, reduces arguing • Improves child behaviors, strengthens parent coping • Approximately 8 sessions, tailored to the Family’s needs • Confidential sessions • Family Friendly Hours • Prevention, not therapy • Gateway to other services for risk reduction FOCUS Contact Information: Kim Crosby, PhD, Site Director Main Phone: (253) 966-6360 Office: Bldg. 2013B, Room 331 (Pendleton and 3rd St.) Email:

A New Support Group is in Town

Steilacoom STARS, Students Triumph with Autism Resources and Supports, was created by a group of Steilacoom Historical School District educators and parents to provide information and supports for those in our community im-

pacted 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, educators, 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.

For more information, contact: Dena Snow, 253.983.2633, dsnow@steilacoom.k12. or Colette Parrotte, 253-983-2611, 6


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Birth To Three Early Intervention Programs Contact the Lead Agency for your county 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

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 253-565-9000 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.

EFMP Enrollment Process 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 253-968-3659/0254/ 1370. This office is closed on Thursdays.

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 253-9823350. For Air Force Respite Care, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 253-982-2695. EFMP Family Support Services Bldg. 2140, Waller Hall, Room 400, JBLMLewis Main; Bldg. 552, Airman & 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. Bldg. 2140, Room 400/253-967-9704/9705


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Family Assistance (A Common Voice) (SN Parent Support Group) (Pierce County Food Banks) (Specialized Training for Military Parents) (Tricare) (Traumatic Brain Injury of Washington) (Cerebral Palsy)

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EFMP News/February 2014  

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

EFMP News/February 2014  

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