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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

May 2012

Mother’s Day Event

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EFMP Workshop Series

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Support Groups

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Summer Fun



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In this issue: Mother’s Day Event, pg. 2 EFMP Workshop Series, pg. 3

JBLM life...

Summer Fun, pg. 4-5 Support Groups, pg. 6

Army Community Service (ACS) Acting 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: Jackie Kelley: Jaclyn Gilley: Terry Giles: Cheryl Hoyson: Timmy Milligan: Anthony Buggage:

253-967-9705 253-967-3451 253-967-3520 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.

EFMP News Editor/Graphic Design: Johanna Krause 2

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Self Care: Caring for the Caregiver

May 4; 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. The Escape Zone, 841 Fairway Road, JBLM-McChord Field. Presenter: Kate Mason, Parent Education Counselor with STOMP. Insightful and informative training and techniques on how to relieve stress, burnout “Super Hero Syndrome,” and holding the weight of the world on your shoulders. RSVP at 253-982-2695 by May 2 if you need childcare.

JBLM Autism Support Group

May 4; 7 - 9 p.m., Family Resource Center, 9th Division & Idaho, JBLM-Lewis Main. RSVP at 253-589-2572.

Mother’s Day Event

May 5, 1 - 4 p.m., Family Resource Center, 9th Division & Idaho, JBLM-Lewis Main. RSVP to

JBLM EFMP Support Group

May 8; 6 - 7 p.m. Bowl Arena Lanes, JBLMLewis Main. See additional details on page 6.

Community Inclusion Program Eastside

May 10; 6 - 8 p.m., End of Year Potluck and Awards, Daffodil Valley Elementary, 1509 Valley Ave., Sumner

Mom’s Night Out (Dads welcome too!)

May 11; 6:30 p.m. @ Famous Dave’s BBQ, Tacoma. Down Syndrome Support Group holds their monthly “night out” on the second Friday of the month at various local restaurants. Meetings are open to any parent who has a child with a chronic health care need or disability. For additional information contact Carolyn Jones at 253-970-7264 or e-mail

Special Families of Pierce County Community Inclusion Program May 7, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Monthly meeting. BulWestside lying and the Special Needs Child, Dr. Steve Becker. See page 6 for additional details.

May 17; 6 - 8 p.m., Potluck & Entertainment, Clover Park Student Services Bldg., Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood.

May Eve nt s

For additional information or to RSVP contact Nancy at 253-967-9705 or via e-mail at

EFMP Playgroup

May 23; 10 - 11 a.m. Escape Zone, Bldg. 841, Fairway Road, JBLM-MChord Field. This event is for Exceptional Families with young children ages 5 yrs. and under. Call 253-967-3553 for more information. No RSVP is required.

Mark Your Calendars Community Inclusion Program Friendship Dance

May 25; 6 - 8 p.m., Goodman Middle School, 3701 38th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor

JBLM Special Olympics News

The State Games will occur June 1 - 3 for Track and Field at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and for Swimming at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Softball Regionals are July 28, and State August 18-19. Bowling Regional Competition takes place on October 28. Contact Genia Stewart at the CYSS Sports Office for further questions about the JBLM Special Olympics Program at 253-967-2405. For more information about Special Olympics Of Washington (SOWA) itself, please go to their website:

EFMP Events JBLM EFMP Working Focus Group

May 3; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Bldg. 2140, Waller Hall, ACS Classroom. Our Mission: To identify a broad range of global issues impacting Exceptional Families within the JBLM and Army Communities.

We will work collectively with senior leadership, medical personnel, community and DoD agencies to improve service delivery and quality of life. We extend an invite to anyone who is passionate about Exceptional Families, whether you are an Exceptional Family Member (EFM), a parent/spouse of an EFM, a unit representative, Key Spouse, Senior Spouse, representative of a local school or agency, etc. Call 253-967-9704 if you have any questions; no RSVP required to attend.

EFMP Coffee Group

May 8; 10 - 11 a.m., Battle Bean, AFC Arena, JBLM-Lewis Main. Meet other adult EFMs or caregivers of EFMs for coffee. Call 253-967-3553 for more information; no RSVP required.

EFMP Sensory Friendly Movie May 19; 12 - 2 p.m., McChord Field Base Theater. Free movie; snacks available for a fee. Call 253-982-7289 for more details.

EFMP Workshop Series

May 29; 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Cascade Training Annex. Topic: “SSI and Your Family Member With Special Needs.�

July 9 - 19 & 30 - Aug. 9, University of Washington Autism Center Summer Camps; 206-221-5235, Aug. 17 - 19, Camp JBLM. Registration begins mid-June. Contact Jackie Kelly at 253-967-3520 for more information. 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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Summer Programs, Camps and Special Events Camp Prime Time 2012 Camp Prime Time is a nonprofit corporation established to provide a recreational opportunity in a wilderness setting for those families who have a child with special needs. Located over White Pass by Clear Lake in the Wenatchee National Forest, families stay in cabins, and eat hearty meals prepared by our volunteer staff from Equity Residential. Enjoy swimming, fishing, catching frogs, crafts, games, horseback riding, singing, an old fashioned campfire, or just relax in the beautiful surroundings. With prior arrangements, some individual dietary needs can be met. Parents are responsible for the supervision and medical care of their own children. The Camp is approximately a two hour drive from JBLM. 4

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Our EFMP session at Camp Prime Time will be July 20 - 22. Contact Nancy Dozier, Group Leader, at 253-967-9705 or nancy. for further information. We are currently accepting applications for the waitlist and require a completed Camp application and a refundable $20 deposit. The ACS-EFMP is located in Waller Hall. The deposit check will be held until June and then sent on to Camp. Upon arrival at Camp, the family has the option of donating the money to Camp Prime Time or receiving a refund. Camp is free of charge to the families, although they must provide their own transportation to and from camp.

Camp “Lots of Fun” Camp “Lots of Fun” is a Day Camp for children and young adults ages 6-21 with disabilities through Pierce County Parks and Recreation. Registration begins on Monday, May 7, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Lakewood Community Center. This Camp is limited to 90 campers on a first come, first served basis and fills up quite fast. This year, the Camp will run from July 9 through August 3, 9am through 2pm at Discovery Primary School, 1205 19th Ave in Milton. Cost for the 4 weeks is $220. Attendees will receive a camp T-shirt and a participation certificate.

Activities will include creative arts, special events, music and singing, games and sports, theme weeks, and community visitors. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from camp. Campers meet each morning at the main entrance to the site. For additional information contact or 253-798-4176.

Washington State Operation: Military Kids Summer Camps Operation: Xtreme:

June 17 - 23, Island Lake-Poulsbo, WA/ military youth ages 13-18 yrs. old. June 19 - 22, Miracle Ranch-Port Orchard, WA/for military youth ages 9 - 12 yrs. old. To register visit and scroll down to “Operation: Xtreme”

Mission: Robotics & Fitness Fun Day Camps:

July 23 - 27, St. Nicholas, 3555 Edwards Drive, Gig Harbor To register visit www.waomkdaycamps. For additional information go to

Camp JBLM 2012 The Exceptional Family Member Program is hosting Camp Joint Base Lewis-McChord 2012. Families with a special needs Family member are welcome to join the EFMP for this weekend getaway, August 17 - 19, at the Northwest Adventure Center. Campers will enjoy a variety of activities including fishing, swimming, a BBQ lunch, crafts and more. Space is limited for the overnight option; however, all EFMP Families are welcome to participate in the Saturday Day-camp (18 AUG). Registration for the overnight stay will begin mid June. Stay tuned to our website ( and Facebook ( for more updates. Please contact Jackie Kelly at 253-967-3520 for additional information.

Other Summer Camps and Programs The 2012 Washington State Education Summer Camp Directory as well as other helpful resources, can now be found on the Center for Children with Special Needs website at The website includes a searchable database that may include programs and camps that were submitted after the deadline for the printed directory. For questions, contact 206-884-5735.

Little League Challenger Division The Challenger Division of Little League is a baseball program for boys and girls ages 4 – 18 yrs. with physical or developmental delays. Come join their teams at Federal Way National Little League, 500 SW Campus Drive, Federal Way. Their complex is between the King County Aquatic Center and WinCo Foods. You do not have to live in Federal Way to join the Challenger Division. Contact Kirk Westrick 253-815-9438 (home) 206-669-3918 (cell) or e-mail

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Autism Support Group

The JBLM Autism Support Group hosts monthly meetings one Friday evening each month throughout the school year. The next meeting will be held on May 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Family Resource Center, 9th Division and Pendelton, JBLM-Lewis Main. Please contact Cheryl Beene at 253-589-2572/961-6069 or e-mail with questions regarding autism services throughout the south Puget Sound area.

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 next meeting is May 7. SFPC has regular monthly meetings on the first Monday evening of the month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pierce County Library Processing & Administration Center located in Tacoma at 3005 112th Street East, corner of 112th Street and Waller Road, just off the Portland Avenue Exit from Hwy 512. You can join their monthly email list; look for their group page at http://www. or Contact Angela Fish at 253-830-4368 or for additional information.


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MultiCare Good Samaritan holds programs for typically developing kids and teens that have a brother or sister with a disability. The groups for kids are broken down into ages 5 - 7 yrs./8 – 11 yrs./12 -17 yrs. For registration and further information, call 253-6971603 or visit


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 253-798-2997 or e-mail pccompanionship@ The monthly newsletter is available on their website. Companionship has upcoming events for Mother’s Day, Youth and Teens.

JBLM EFMP Support Group

JBLM EFMPSG is a non-profit, private organization that offers meetings and guest speakers. Monthly meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Bowl Arena Lanes, back party room, Bldg. 2272 Liggett Ave, JBLMLewis Main. Food and drink are available for purchase. Additional events will alternate between JBLMMcChord Field, JBLM-Lewis Main and JBLM-Lewis North. Join their facebook page, www., or Lewis-McChord EFMPSG, to keep up to date on monthly meetings and events, post questions, and visit with other EFMP families. For more information about JBLMEFMPSG send an email to

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 passed the chapel. For questions call 253-968-1370. For 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 Anderson at 253-982-3350. For Air Force Respite Care, contact Anthony Buggage at 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 - 360-373-2536 CHAP - King County - 206-284-0331

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Online tools

for military members and their families ArmyOne Source

National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies

Attention Deficit Disorder

National Military Family Association

CP Network

Official TriWest websites


Pierce County Food Banks

Family Support for our Troops

Puget Sound Educational Services

Find the Genius in ADD Gluten Intolerance Group Hands On Children’s Museum

Families for Effective Autism Treatment

Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center

Autism Society of WA

Joint Base Lewis – McChord


Military Homefront MilitaryOneSource Military Family Assistance Center



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Special Families of Pierce County

TACA of Western Washington UW Tacoma Autism Center uwautism/ Soldiers and Families for Autism Awareness soldiersandfamiliesforautism awareness

South Sound Parent to Parent Specialized Training Of Military Parents Traumatic Brain Injury WA FACEBOOK Addresses: ACS-EFMP JBLM EFMP Support Group EFMPSG Lewis-McChord Family and MWR Family and MWR

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