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Dr. Maria Barkmeier, Program Analyst Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs Office of the Secretary of DefenseFL State Conference on Supporting Military Children with Special Needs June 13, 2012
Objectives Background of Office Issues Research Accomplishments Tools and ProductsWe know the system. We can help.
Organizational Structure SECDEF USD (Personnel & Readiness) ASD(HA) ASD(RFM) ASD(RA) Health Affairs MC&FP MHS MPP CPP DODEA Military Community & Family Policy OSN MTFs Office of Special Needs TRICAREWe know the system. We can help.
Background Among military family members, more than 350,000 may have a special need Source: Disability Status Report, 2008-12% of the population Who is a family member with special needs? One with a chronic medical condition requiring services from a specialist A child receiving early intervention services or special educationWe know the system. We can help. 4
Exceptional Family Member Program Until 2010, the EFMP was a personnel function only There was no DoD program to support these families, with the exception of the Army and Marine Corps.We know the system. We can help. 5
FY 2010 NDAA Section 563 Secretary of Defense: Create an office to support families with special needs Develop policy Provide oversight of support to military families with special needs Military Services: Develop family support programs Provide appropriate numbers of case managers Develop and oversee individualized Services Plans Expand assignment coordination – to and within the USWe know the system. We can help. 6
Response to the NDAA Establish the Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs Assign responsibilities for: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act EFMP Identification, Enrollment and Assignment Coordination EFMP Family SupportWe know the system. We can help. 7
Response to the NDAA Exceptional Family Member Program Expand the EFMP to include family support Expand the EFMP to include coordination of assignments within the US Study issues that are raised by family members regarding access to servicesWe know the system. We can help. 8
Response to the NDAA OSD augmented Service funding in FY 2010 & 2011 Services hired 120 EFMP family support personnel OSN drafted a new EFMP policyWe know the system. We can help. 9
EFMP FAMILY PANEL SEPT 27, 2011 and March 6, 2012 Selected nominees to represent all Services , National Guard and Reserve Component Spouse Child (under 18 years old) Child (over 18 years old) Focus on families’ successes and challenges 2013 Formal Panel with worldwide representation 10We know the system. We can help.
Analysis of Trends Focus Groups EFMP Family Panel Congressional Military Family Caucus National Council on Disability report for USMC Congressional requirements (currently access to special education) Issues raised at Joint Service working groups General Accountability Office (GAO)We know the system. We can help.
Challenges to Military Families Relocation Specialized medical care Transfers between schools Access to Medicaid Comparable special services waivers Quality services family Support when far from members with special needs family 12
Issues Communication Consistency Access to special education Health Care Access to medical care following a PCS move Discontinuity of medical services between TRICARE regions Access to Federal/State programs, e.g., MedicaidWe know the system. We can help. 13
Joint Service EFMP Working Group Focus on Family Support Has met monthly – since 2009 Approaching EFMP jointly Developed: Joint EFMP logo, communication plan, and marketing materials Collaborating on DoD policy National Guard and Coast Guard representedWe know the system. We can help. 14
Analysis Research: Access to Special Education/Ohio State University Family Support/Cornell University and Kansas University Access to Medicaid/West Virginia University/Tricare Functional Analysis*We know the system. We can help.
Functional Analysis NDAA 2010 requires the establishment of a system for: Record keeping Reporting Continuous monitoring of resources for families with special needs Functional Analysis will analyze current data and case management systems Outcome will be recommendations for a DoD-wide approach This is a LONG TERM projectWe know the system. We can help. 16
EFMP Policy Exceptional Family Member Program: Family Support Case management, non-clinical Information and Referral Training/Education Assistance before, during and after a PCS move Represent families with special needs to leadership Services Plans Referral for medical case managementWe know the system. We can help. 17
Services Plan (SP) An individualized plan written in collaboration with the family support provider and the family or the family member with special needs that documents current situation and steps to achieve their desired outcome. 18We know the system. We can help.
EFMP Policy Exceptional Family Member Program: Assignment Coordination Identification and enrollment Coordination of assignments CONUS OCONUS Stabilization of toursWe know the system. We can help. 19
Oversight Council on Accreditation – EFMP standards on family support EFMP site visits Monitoring of early intervention and special education within DoDWe know the system. We can help.
Collaboration U.S. Department of Agriculture/Land Grant Universities Joint Service working groups TRICARE/Health Affairs DoD Education Activity Partnership Office U.S. Department of Education U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesWe know the system. We can help.
EFMP Family Support Reference Guide Provides guidance in delivering family support Provides overview of federal, state, and community resources Provides tools and information for providers specific to the military lifestyleWe know the system. We can help. 22
Service ProviderOutreach Kits Trade show support Pull-up banner Table covering Outdoor banner Easels for displaying materials Giveaways Lapel pins Stickers Notepads Replenishing the Family Information Kits – Summer ‘12 23
Library and Professional Materials Every installation library and every EFMP received 32 books for families, teens, children Picture books: e.g., Arnie and the New Kid Middle School: e.g., Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs: Stories of Love and Understanding 18 professional books Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd ed Fundamentals of Case Management Practice: Skills for Human ServicesWe know the system. We can help. 24
Journals Every EFMP family support program received subscriptions to seven journals: Autism Aspergers Digest Autism File Autism Spectrum Quarterly Exceptional Parent Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Teaching Exceptional ChildrenWe know the system. We can help. 25
OSD Support for Families Online: MilitaryHOMEFRONT Online: NEW Military OneSource – merging with MHF Newsletters: The Exceptional Advocate Publications Training and Education Military OneSource: Consultants and materialsWe know the system. We can help. 26
DoD Resources eLearning Module Early Intervention Services eLearning Module: Special Education EFMP Family Support Reference Guide To be posted on Military OneSource Summer 2012 27We know the system. We can help.
The Exceptional Advocate – HTML versionWe know the system. We can help. 28
The Exceptional Advocate – Flash versionWe know the system. We can help. 29
Parent Tool Kits – available through Military OneSource Provides tools and resources to support a family member with special needs Accompanied by an online Facilitator’s Guide and PowerPoint deck for training Currently for birth to 18 Coming – for adultsWe know the system. We can help. 30
SCORs (Children and Adults) available through Military OneSource Redesigned PDF enhances usability Quick and easy document navigation Automatic expenditure calculations Accessible with screen readers and Braille printersWe know the system. We can help. 31
Newest SCOR – For Adults Users asked for it--- now it is available. SCOR for adults with special needsWe know the system. We can help. 32
Translated Materials Parent Toolkits Adults with Special Needs Available on line in eight different languages: French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Japanes e, Spanish, Filipino.We know the system. We can help. 33
eLearning Initial lessons aimed at family members Provides information and access to resources Available through Military OneSource Titles: EFMP, early intervention, special education and adults with special needsWe know the system. We can help. 34
Webinars Choosing an Exceptional Life: Family-Directed Resource Organizations** Choosing an Exceptional Life: Disability-Specific Resource Organizations and National Clearinghouses** Choosing an Exceptional Life: Introduction to Government Benefits and Services Care Giving: A Journey to a Changing Identity. Coping with Caregiver Stress Changing Family Roles and Relationships in Family Care Giving ** ArchivedWe know the system. We can help. 35
UPCOMING WEBINARS Add iep New webinar topics Focus on IEPsWe know the system. We can help. 36
Support to Families Kids Included Together: Provided funding to child and youth programs for inclusion training Accessible playgrounds – over 200We know the system. We can help.
QR Code for EFMP Mobile WebsiteWe know the system. We can help. 38
EFMP Mobile WebsiteWe know the system. We can help. 39
EFMP Marketing Materials Marketing Materials were provided to all EFMP family support programs Supporting families with special needs starts with educating them about the program.We know the system. We can help. 40
http://www.parentcenternetwork.org 46We know the system. We can help.
www.stompproject.org 47We know the system. We can help.
CALL TO ACTION Whether a family member or provider: Provide feedback when asked for input, in interviews or focus groups Help us heighten awareness of EFM programs, materials and disability issues within your circle of influence Encourage families to enroll in EFMP Tell them about the support available at the family centers and MTFs Share our EFMP logo and new materials with others 48We know the system. We can help.
Heroes for the Future! Cherish and nurture our military children with special needs. They serve us well! 49We know the system. We can help.
Contact Information Dr. Maria V. Barkmeier Program Analyst Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs (OSN) (703) 588-0879 Maria.Barkmeier@osd.milWe know the system. We can help.