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EFMP News Exceptional Family Member Program

February 2013

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In this issue: Pajama Party, pg. 2 SSI Workshop, pg. 3 Indoor Winter Fun, pg. 4 Online Resources, pg. 8

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

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

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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.

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Monthly Swim Night with Companionship

February 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Clover Park High School Pool, 11023 Gravelly Lake Dr. Lakewood.

Special Families of Pierce County Parkland/Spanaway Group February 4; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Topic: “The ABCs of Behavior.” Speaker: Kathryn Metz, Regional Lead Supervisor, ACES. See page 6 for directions.

Special Families of Pierce County Downtown Tacoma Group February 7; 6 - 8 p.m. Topic: “The ABCs of Behavior.” Speaker: Kathryn Metz, Regional Lead Supervisor, ACES. See page 6 for directions.

Companionship’s Pajama Jam

February 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. Join in the fun with a DJ for dancing, crafts, activities, snacks, pictures galore, and Wii video games. See page 6 for details.

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Fe brua r y Eve nt s Down Syndrome Support Group/Mom’s Night Out

February 8 @ 6:30 p.m. BJ’s Restaurant, Tacoma Mall. 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/ 253-565-2266 or e-mail carolveenhuizen@ or

HUB-High Functioning Autism Support Group

February 13, 6:30 - 8 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 call 253-565-2266. See page 6 for additional information.

Pierce Co. Coalition for Developmental Disabilities (PC2) February 20, from 10 a.m. to 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 253-564-0707, extension 101.

SSI Workshop/ Brown Bag Lunch

February 13, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at ACS Waller Hall. Presented by STOMP, this event offers specialized training for military parents. RSVP at 253-967-9705 or e-mail Appropriate for clients and helping professionals.

EFMP Family Friendly Movie

February 16, 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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Inside Id Need inside activity ideas to keep the winter months interesting? Visit www. for more than 100 places to have fun with your family. Some ideas include:


Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Visit the Marine Discovery Center to discover firsthand what a sea star or sea urchin feels like. This kid-focused, hands-on animal area is open every day from 10am to 3pm. It is located at 5400 North Pearl Street in north Tacoma.

Children’s Museum of Tacoma

Located at 1501 Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma. Sign up for their e-newsletter at:

Hands on Children’s Museum, Olympia

Visit the Hands on Children’s Museum’s new location in Olympia’s East Bay Waterfront at 414 Jefferson Street NE. Sign up for the newsletter.

Charlie’s Safari

It never rains in Charlie’s Safari. This family fun center is open every day and admission is for all day play. They offer a special area for children one to four, a quiet area for parents, laser tag, and lots of fun. Ask about the FRG program rates in support of our military. Explore the website for great ideas.


Play to Learn at JBLM Play to Learn is a FREE collaborative program for parents, grandparents, neighbors, family and friends who nurture children ages six and under. Thematic curriculum invites individual play, engaging activities, songs, and a whole group circle time for children and adults to enjoy together. Play to Learn is a drop-in program, no registration needed. Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m. February 6, Build it with Blocks February 13, Love Notes Raindrops and Rainbows 8197 American Lake Dr. JBLM-Lewis-North February 27, Let’s Read March 6, Alphabet March 13, Going Green March 20, Colors of Spring March 27, Dental Health Escape Zone 841, off Lincoln Blvd. JBLM-McChord-Field

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Recent ACS/EFMP Staff Changes In December, we said goodbye to Jackie Kelly, our EFMP Specialist, who moved to the Plans, Analysis, and Integration Office (PAIO) under the Joint Basing Branch at JBLM. Terry Giles, our very first Systems Navigator, has accepted a position as the EFMP Manager in Hohenfels, Germany and will be leaving in February. Both of these outstanding individuals leave a void within an extraordinary team of client-focused staff. Best wishes to Jackie and Terry as they continue to deliver exceptional customer service to both clients and co-workers. In November, our student intern Katrina Boutwell, was honored at a goodbye luncheon for her contributions to the Exceptional Family Member Program at JBLM. On Wednesday the 16th of January we welcomed Tim Templin, our newest intern from St. Martin’s University. Our student interns allow us to continue to offer a broad range of services to our Families ensuring that a staff member is always available to clients during our normal business hours. A special thank you to St. Martin’s for sending us such capable individuals.

Honoring Your Military Kids Their Sacrifices deserve to be recognized February 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The STAR Center in South Tacoma, 3873 So. 66th, Tacoma, WA 98409. The event is presented by The Ranger & Airlifter newspapers. Special sponsor is Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Foundation. FREE for all military families. Games & prizes, giveaways, inflatables, video games, and activities for high school - aged children and younger. Reservations required. Sign up at www.

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Resources 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. The Parkland/Spanaway Group meets on February 4, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Pierce County Library Processing & Administrative Center, 3005 112th Street 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 e-mail The Downtown Tacoma Group meets on February 7, 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. Childcare is limited and an RSVP is required. To pre-register your child each month, visit: www.exceptionalfamilies. org/events.html. E-mail to RSVP at


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.


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 6


A new family support group for individuals with high functioning Autism. Participants meet on the second Wednesday of the month at Henry Foss High School, 2112 South Tyler Street, 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. For more information please call 253-5652266 or e-mail or

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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: 360-373-2536 CHAP/King County: 206-284-0331

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

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