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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

December 2012

EFMP Holiday Concert

Resources for Adults In and Around JBLM

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In this issue: EFMP Holiday Concert, pg. 3 Resources for Adults, pg. 4 - 5 Companionship, pg. 6 Online Resources, pg. 8

Army Community Service (ACS) 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: Jaclyn Gilley: Terry Giles: Cheryl Hoyson: Timmy Milligan: Mike Berkshire:

253-967-9705 253-967-3451 253-967-3553 253-966-5393 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 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord or in the civilian community.

JBLM life... Parent Mentor Training

December 7 & 14, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Pediatric Clinic Conference Room (F Hallway), Madigan Medical Mall. This two day workshop is presented by PAVE, Parent to Parent and Madigan Healthcare System. Training for military parents of children with disabilities or chronic health needs who would like to become mentors for other parents who have children with similar needs. Call 253-968-2883 or 253-565-2266, ext. 104 for details.

Monthly Swim Night with Companionship

December 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Clover Park High School Pool, 11023 Gravelly Lake Dr. Lakewood.

Down Syndrome Support Group/Mom’s Night Out

December 16 @ 6:30 p.m. Chili Thai, Puyallup. Dads welcome, too! This meeting is open to any parent who has a child with a chronic health care need or disability. For questions call 253-970-7264 or e-mail or Susan Jackson, Parent to Parent Coordinator, at 253-565-2266 or

Pierce Co. Coalition For Developmental Disabilities (PC2)

December 18, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. “Coffee Klatch” Get-Together. This is an opportunity for parents to share what is important to people 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.

HUB-High Functioning Autism Support Group

December 12, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Henry Foss High School, 2112 South Tyler Street Tacoma, rooms 213A & 215A. Call 253-5652266 for additional information.

Special Families of Pierce County Parkland/Spanaway Group December 13, 6 - 8 p.m. Family Holiday Party. Bring your Kids and a snack to the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Let’s socialize and play. See page 6 for directions.

EFMP News Editor/Graphic Design: Johanna Krause 2

EFMP News • December 2012

D ece mbe r Eve nt s

EFMPSG Holiday Party

December 1, 1 - 4 p.m. at the North Fort Chapel. Ham, turkey, and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share. RSVP to For more information call 253-967-9705.

EFMP Holiday Concert

December 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. Family Resource Center. An interactive, sensory friendly holiday concert. Seating is limited. For more information call 253-9679705 or e-mail

Learn The Basics Workshop

December 12, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. @ Waller Hall, ACS Classroom. Learn about wills, guardianships and special needs trusts in this class presented by STOMP (Specialized Training Of Military Parents). RSVP at 253-967-9705 or at nancy.e.dozier.

EFMP Family Friendly Movie

December 15, noon - 2 p.m. at the McChord Theater. FREE movie. Sensorycontrolled environment. Perfect for special needs and young viewers. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact 253-982-2695. 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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Resources for Adults i ADD Resources

A non-profit organization whose mission is to help people with ADHD/ADD to achieve their full potential. Find more details on workshops, webinars, local support groups by visiting

Asian Counseling Services

A multi-language mental health support for adults & children. Services in English, Vietnamese, Korean, Cambodian, and Laotian. Go to for additional information.

CP Network

Offers support and networking to parents and individuals across the globe to those impacted by Cerebral Palsy. Their website,, provides information to educate, advocate, mentor, and empower those individuals dealing with disabilities whether they have CP or are families, friends or professionals working in the special needs field.


Gluten Intolerance Group

Gluten Free resources, support groups, gluten free diet and certification process, testing methods, products, restaurants with gluten free menu items, and educational bulletins regarding gluten intolerance and sensitivity. For more information visit the website at


A new family support group for young adult individuals with high functioning Autism. Participants meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Henry Foss High School, 2112 South Tyler Street, Tacoma, Rooms 213A and 215A 6:30 - 8 p.m. Children are invited to attend. Bring your own beverage; snacks will be provided. For more information call 253-565-2266 or e-mail or swhite@ or visit

Traumatic Brain Injury of WA

A statewide agency working in partnership with Madigan Healthcare System, the TBI program offers education, training, support groups for people and families with TBI and PTSD, Sports Concussion Prevention, and Veterans Services. Resource Line 1-877-TBI-1766 and website is www.


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. For links to an extensive schedule of workshops and support groups for peer support, employment, recovery and wellness, housing, independent living, and veterans services please visit

Child and Family Assistance Center (CAFAC)

Keeping Families Strong The CAFAC provides easily accessible behavioral health counseling services to spouses, adolescents and children of active duty service members. Counseling includes individual, marriage, family and group therapy. No referrals are needed to be seen. Call for an appointment 253-968-4843. Madigan Annex, 9923A East Johnson Street, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Lewis-Main. Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins (13 yrs. + ): Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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in and around JBLM Tuesday Topics Relationship Workshop Series

Every Tuesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m., CAFAC Conference Room, Bldg. 9923B, Room 108, Madigan Annex, Ramp 3, across the hall from 9923A. No registration required. Casual atmosphere. For questions call CAFAC at 253-968-4843. Topics include “What makes a marriage work and what shuts it down?”/ “Is PTSD effecting your relationship?”/ “Emotional competency”/“What does my family have to do with us? A Look At Family History and Gender Roles”

Crossroads of Parenting and Divorce Seminar

December 4, from 5 to 9:30 p.m, ACS Classroom, Waller Hall, Bldg 2140, JBLM Lewis-Main. Free court approved workshop. Call 253-967-5901 to register.

American Red Cross

Red Cross now offers life-saving knowledge at your fingertips with free downloadable Apps. Log onto http://www.redcross. org for information on how to donate funds, give blood, take a class, locate ways to help, and get assistance. First Aid App: Get instant access to expert advice. Earthquake App: To prepare your family and home for an earthquake, get notified when an earthquake occurs, and let others know you are safe even if the power is out. Shelter Finder App: Locate open Red Cross shelters (available in the iTunes store.)

Interested in Making a Difference?

Looking for part-time employment? The Exceptional Family Member Program of the U.S. Army is in need of Respite Care Providers. Align is looking for Direct Care Workers, CNAs, LPNs, RNs in or near Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This is a part-time position, not to exceed more than 31 hours per week. If you are interested in this opportunity please call Alignstaffing at 1-877-557-3422 ext. 8274.

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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. Join us December 13 from 6 to 8 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. E-mail to RSVP at http://www. For more information call 253-830-4368 or e-mail or


JBLM EFMP Support Group

JBLM EFMPSG is a non-profit, private organization that offers events, meetings and guest speakers. See page 3 for details. Events will alternate among JBLM-McChord Field, JBLM-Lewis Main and JBLM-Lewis North. Visit: for up to date information, to post questions, and communicate with other EFMP families. For more information about JBLM EFMPSG e-mail or call 253278-9749.


ACS-EFMP partners with the Companionship Program to provide recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals with special needs and their friends and families. The goal is to assist the participants in finding and maintaining strong friendships by providing different activities throughout the community. For more information call 253798-2997 or e-mail: pccompanionship@ The monthly newsletter is available at

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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, they are required to 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. Their location is at the Madigan Nursing Tower, on the first floor, left side, just past the chapel, room 1-28-17. For questions or overseas screening call 253-968-0254. Air Force - Submit your completed enrollment forms to the SNIAC office on the second floor at 62nd Medical Clinic. For a PCS screening or for questions call SGT McDonald at 253-982-3350. 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, JBLM-Lewis Main Installation & local resources & services, Housing & 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.

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 and Mason Counties: 360-352-1126 Holly Ridge Center Kitsap County: 360373-2536 CHAP/King County: 206-284-0331

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Information and events for special needs families on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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