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Efmp newsletter summer 2011 mid lant

  1. 1. Summer IN THIS ISSUE 2011 My Command News My Command News •EFMP: THEN & NOW •DoD Develops Plan for Expanded Military Family Support EFMP: THEN & NOW •STOMP My Resources • National Down Syndrome Society Offers Scholarship Assistance • Easter Seals releases Living with The Navy’s Exceptional Family Member community support to families and more. Disabilities Study Program was originally established in 1987 in My Healthy Family response to the Individuals with Disabilities One of the first phases of this expanded • TRICARE Online Improves Health Education Act (IDEA). At its core, the program program was the hiring of EFMP Liaison Data Access focuses on detailing: enrolling sailors who positions to staff Fleet & Family Support • New Children of Military Service have family members with special medical or Centers. FFSC Mid Atlantic region FFSCs Members Resource Guide Released educational needs to ensure that the receiving have added a total of ten (10) new full-time by the Defense Centers of Excellence duty station has the facilities and services to EFMP Liaisons as well as a full time Liaison • You Care, We Care: Self-Care tips meet the exceptional family member’s special Lead. These additional staff will be a valuable for Caregivers needs. new resource for service members and referral to help service members enroll in the Family Fun program & access information and resources. • Accessible/Inclusive Playgrounds In 2010, landmark legislation was passed as • Sensory-Free Movies part of the National Defense Authorization Act • Challenger Baseball FY 2010, which expanded the EFMP through establishment of a new Office of Community Meet your new EFMP Liaisons! Q&A Support for Military Families with Special Needs. This new office is tasked with identifying & addressing gaps in services toNew Education Directory For families with special needs,Children with Special Needs overseeing EFMP enrollment & assignment coordination process, expansion of case “The Directory is published management and assignment coordination to include by DoD’s Office of Community CONUS & OCONUS. The Support for Military Families NDAA FY10 also requires with Special Needs.” that the Navy 1) Expand assignment coordination so that family members’ needs For more information visit: will be considered when they are moving from state-to-http://cs.mhf.dod.mil/content/dav/mhf/ state and not just overseas; Pictured (from left): Wendy Cunningham, Saratoga Springs; Robin Conley, Oceana; QOL-Library/MHF/260593.html 2) require military services Jennifer Pierce, Regional Office; Christi Jones, Portsmouth Naval Hospital; Deanne Noel, to stabilize service members at a location Yorktown/NNSY; Todd McGehee, JEBLCFS, Loris Velez-Acevedo, Norfolk; Lisa Dain, New for a minimum of four years, and 3) expand London, CT; Lee Hardgrove, Newport, RI; Robertson Thomas, Oceana NAVY EFMP MID-ATLANTIC REGION NEWSLETTER • SUMMER EDITION 2011 1
  2. 2. My Command NewsSTOMP Training DoD Develops Plan for Expanded On March 23 & 24, 2011, Mid Atlantic regionFFSC EFMP Liaisons partnered with Marine Military Family SupportCorps Community Services/Camp Allen EFMP In January 2011, the White House released communities more effectively support militaryto host a workshop presented by Heather Hebdon a report titled STRENGTHENING families, and thereby improve the long-termof STOMP (Specialized Training of Military OUR MILITARY FAMILIES: Meeting effectiveness of all active U.S. military forces.Parents). Twenty-five individuals participated in America’s Commitment, a report detailingthis training event including military families, a comprehensive government initiative to This effort plans to focus on four coreEFMP representatives from all five branches increase supportive services for military areas: Enhancing military families’ well-beingof service, and Navy School Liaison Officers. families. The effort was initiated in May and psychological health; Developing military 2010 by President Barack Obama as a spouse career and education opportunities; STOMP is a federally funded Parent Training directive to the National Security Staff to Increasing child care availability and quality;and Information (PTI) Center established to develop a coordinated, all-encompassing and Ensuring excellence in military children’sassist military families who have children with approach to supporting military families. education and development.special education or health needs. This is a Goals of the program include improving theparent-directed project that exists to empower quality of military family life and helpingmilitary parents, individuals with disabilities, Key efforts to benefit military families include:and service providers with knowledge, skills,and resources so that they might accessservices to create a collaborative environmentfor family and professional partnerships Expanded counseling services. The report cited a 2010 study that reports an 11 percentwithout regard to geographic location. increase in outpatient visits for behavioral health issues among a group of 3- to 8-year-old children of military parents and an increase in behavioral and stress disorders when a parent STOMP assists families by providing was deployed.information and training about laws, regulations New and improved programs to increase behavioral health care services forand resources for military families of children military families.with disabilities; connecting families to otherfamilies; assisting parents and professionals A program review of educational services for autism spectrum disorder available toin developing their own community parent military dependent children conducted by the Ohio State University’s College of Education &education/support group; and providing a Human Ecology.voice to raise awareness of issues faced bymilitary families of children with disabilities. Focus on the need for more abundant child care. There are 200,000 military children in the child care system with a shortage of about 37,000 child care spaces. The STOMP Project hosts a ListServfor military families and professionals to stay Improvements in education and development for military children. The Educationinformed, connect and learn from each other, Department, for example, will, for the first time, favor grant applications to meet the needs ofproviding them with the necessary knowledge, military-connected students, and DoD is committed to making its schools a leader in the useskills and resources to access services and feel of advanced learning technologies, including software, online courses and student-written andconfident in their role as their child’s best advocate. sharable simulations.Recent listserv topics have included Pursue the complete development of the Interstate Compact on EducationalTRICARE funding ABA, assistive technology Opportunity for Military Children, which addresses mobility-questions, PCSing, and other topics related related challenges military children face, such as records transfer andto military life when there is a family member course placement.with a disability or other special need. S T R ENG T H EN I NG OU RTo find out more about STOMP or subscribe M I L I TA RY FA M I L I E Sto the Listserv, To read or download the full report visit:visit their website http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2011/0111_initiative/ Meeting America’s Commitmentat: http://www. Strengthening_our_Military_January_2011.pdf JA N UA RY 2 011stompproject.org/.2 NAVY EFMP MID-ATLANTIC REGION NEWSLETTER • SUMMER EDITION 2011
  3. 3. My ResourcesNational Down New Children of Military Service Members Resource Guide Released by theSyndrome Society Defense Centers ofOffers Scholarship ExcellenceAssistance Military children and youth of all ages are faced with many challenges throughout The Joshua O’Neill and Zeshan the deployment cycle. From work-ups toTabani Enrichment Fund seeks to offer homecoming, the constant change andfinancial assistance to young adults with separation from loved ones can significantlyDown syndrome who are 18 years old or affect the mental and emotional health needs of Military Service Members Resource Guideolder, who wish to continue to participate of military these children and youth. The identifies age appropriate resources addressingin postsecondary education programs or mission of the Defense Centers of Excellence is such topics as: Deployment, Homecoming,enrichment courses to gain employment and to identify and promote effective instructional Loss of a Parent, Mental/Emotional Wellbeing,other important life skills contributing to material for wounded warriors, families, and and Moving.their independence. Grants of up to $2,000 health care providers. In accordance with thisare available by completing an extensive mission, the DCoE has developed an online The guide is now available for download at:application process. resource to assist families and health care http://dcoe.health.mil/DCoeNews/DCoERe- providers address the mental and emotional leasesNewChildrenofMilitaryServiceMember- The fund was established in January health needs of military children. The Children sResourceGuide.aspx2005 by Zeshan Tabani to honor his friendJoshua O’Neill. Joshua is a young man withDown syndrome and was able to benefit from Easter Seals releases Living with Disabilities Studyparticipating in a postsecondary education The Living With Disability Study illustrates the life-long challenges surroundingexperience. He now lives independently, everyday life and future concerns for parents of adult children with disabilities and adultswith supports, works part-time, and leads with disabilities.a productive and happy life. Zeshan was Many parents worry their adult children’s basic needs for employment, housing,inspired by Joshua and wanted to help others transportation, social interactions, recreation, healthcare and financial security will not bewho might not have the same opportunity. met: • Only 11% of parents of adult children with disabilities report their child isVisit the National Down Syndrome Society employed full time.website at www.ndss.org to learn more. • Just 6 in 10 parents of adult children with a disability rate their child’s quality of life as excellent or good (61%), compared to 8 in 10 parents of adults without a disability (82%). • Huge gaps exist in parents of adults with disabilities’ assessment of their child’s ability to manage their own finances (34% vs. 82% parents of adults without disabilities) and have the life skills necessary to live independently (30% vs. 83% parents of adults without disabilities). • Nearly 7 in 10 adults with disabilities (69%) live with their parent(s) or guardian; only 17% live independently compared to more than half of adult children without disabilities (51%). Download the full study or the 16 page summary here: http:// www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ntl_living_with_ disabilities_study_home&s_src=LWDstudy&s_subsrc=bannerad NAVY EFMP MID-ATLANTIC REGION NEWSLETTER • SUMMER EDITION 2011 3
  4. 4. My Healthy FamilySelf-Care for Recognize warning signs early These might include irritability, sleep problems, Seek Solutions Once you’ve identified a problem, taking action toCaregivers and forgetfulness. Know your own warning signs, solve it can change the situation and also change and act to make changes. Don’t wait until you are your attitude to a more positive one, giving you overwhelmed. more confidence in your abilities. Family caregivers are sometimes Identify sources of stress Ask For and Accept Helpless likely than non-caregivers to practice Ask yourself, “What is causing stress for me?” Many caregivers are reluctant to ask for help andpreventive healthcare and self-care Sources of stress might be too much to do, family wait until they are overwhelmed or exhausted disagreements, feelings of inadequacy, inability to Reaching out for help when you need it is a sign ofbehavior and many report problems such personal strength.as sleep deprivation, poor eating habits, say no.failure to exercise, failure to stay in bed Identify what you can and cannot change Talk to Your Physicianwhen ill, and postponement of or failure Remember, we can only change ourselves; we Caregivers sometimes neglect their own healthto make medical appointments. Family cannot change another person. When you try to in the face of the demands of caring for others.caregivers are also at increased risk for change things over which you have no control, It is important to build a partnership with yourexcessive use of alcohol, tobacco and other you will only increase your sense of frustration. physician to address your health needs.drugs and for depression. Studies show Exercise Regularlythat an estimated 46 percent to 59 percent Take action Exercise promotes better sleep, reduces tensionof caregivers are clinically depressed. Taking some action to reduce stress gives us back and depression, and increases energy and alertness. a sense of control. Stress reducers can be simple Exercise can be incorporated it into your daily activities like walking or having coffee with a routine and activities you enjoy. friend. Learn from Your Emotions Set Goals It is a strength to recognize when your emotions Once you’ve set a goal, ask yourself, “What steps are controlling you (instead of you controlling do I take to reach my goal?” Make an action plan your emotions). Our emotions are messages we by deciding which step you will take first, and need to listen to. Learn from them, then take ap- when. Then get started! propriate action. Communicate Constructively Adapted from the Taking Care of YOU: Self- When you communicate in ways that are clear, Care for Family Caregivers Fact SheetFollow these self-care tips to avoid assertive and constructive, you will be heard and ©Family Caregiver Alliance National Center oncaregiver burnout and health problems: get the help and support you need. Caregiving www.caregiver.orgTRICARE Online available to those who regularly get care at military patients and families we serve,” said Dr. hospitals and clinics. George Peach Taylor Jr., acting principal deputy assistant secretaryImproves Health “These new capabilities are a major step of defense for health forward in engaging military health system affairs. “We could not patients as partners in their own health care,”Data Access have accomplished this said Navy Rear Adm. (Dr.) Christine Hunter, without the continuing TRICARE Management Activity deputy strong collaboration director. “Personal electronic health records can between DOD and the also improve care by conveying accurate patientFrom a TRICARE Management Activity information between providers, avoiding VA.”News Release duplication of tests and reducing delays in TRICARE Online treatment.” is the Military Health FALLS CHURCH, Va., April 22, 2011 - New System’s Internet pointTRICARE Online features give users access The Blue Button was fielded by TRICARE of entry, giving theto expanded personal health data, including and was made generally available by other health plan’s 9.6 million beneficiaries access tolab results, patient history and diagnoses, and federal health care providers last year. With available health care services and informationprovider visits. more than 250,000 users, officials said, it is the through a secure portal. Users who receive their result of a close interagency partnership among care at a military treatment facility can schedule The military health plan’s new online the Defense and Veterans Affairs departmentsfeatures expand the website’s “Blue Button” appointments, order prescription refills and and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid view their personal health data. Other userscapability, which already allowed beneficiaries Services.to safely and securely access and print or save with active prescriptions at a military pharmacytheir demographic information, allergy and “The Blue Button efforts are just another also can request a refill for those prescriptions.medication profiles, officials said. example of how DOD and VA are working together to shape the future of health care Reprinted from http://www.defense.gov/ The level of data available depends on where [information technology] collaboration, news/newsarticle.aspx?id=63664treatment occurs, officials said, with the most data interoperability and transparency for the4 NAVY EFMP MID-ATLANTIC REGION NEWSLETTER • SUMMER EDITION 2011
  5. 5. Family FunAccessible/Inclusive Playgrounds Accessible playgrounds are designed tomake it possible for everyone to play regardless Connecticutof ability or disability. Community demand Tercentennial Legacy Playground,and ADA regulations have created an increase Poquonnock Plains Park, Grotonin the building of new playgrounds gearedtoward accessibility and usability. New London Rotary CentennialVirginia Playground, Toby May Field, Ocean Avenue, New London Boundless® Playground at Deer Park, Newport New s Boundless® Playground at Deer Park, 11532 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News New York Freedom Park Boundless® Playground, My Place Playground, 71 Glenwood Avenue, Queensbury CVS Caremark Boundless Playground, Williamsburg-James City County Community Center, Three Angels Dream Central Park, The Marshall Family Park, 5301 Longhill Road, Williamsburg Central Parkway, Schenectady 1000 Eddy Street, Providence JT’s Grommet Island Beach Park and The imPOSSIBLE DREAM Playground, Playground for EveryBody, Rhode Island 575 Centerville Road, Warwick Oceanfront between 1st and 2nd St., VA Kids’ Kove Playground, Barrington Matty’s Place, Hazard School on Beach Town Hall Park, Columbia Street, WakefieldNew Hampshire 283 County Road, Barrington The Sarah Jane McCullough Casey White Playground, Stevens Park, Hasbro Boundless™ Playground, Handicapped Play Area 376 Mammoth, Manchester Roger Williams Park, Providence 190 Kingstown Road, Wyoming Sensory-Free Movies aseball Challenger Base formed in 1989 ball is a division of Little Leag if still in high sc for children age 4-18 (or up to ue Sensory-free movies allow children with Autism disabilities. Therhool) with physical and intellect 22 Spectrum Disorders and other special needs and their Challenger B Divisions worldw e are currently 900 Challe ual families to go out to the movies without worrying ng coach pitch, play ide and games are played as t-b er er pitch, or a co al about being too loud, too wiggly, too sensitive, three. Challenger te mbination of l, too noisy, or even too scared of the dark. Since who can assist th ams partner players with “buddithe equipment are th em as needed, and uniforms es” these families are the only ones in the theater, they League divisions. e same as those used by other Liand don’t have to worry about bothering anyone else. ttle During sensory-friendly showings, theaters skip previews, adjust lighting and volume, supply popcorn are posed ven ilities p are gi without butter, allow guests to bring their own GCFC lar ab eams, as oger players o score is imi on t snacks, and relax the “rules” about viewer rs of s llen nd n ------ Playe d together s. All Cha r inning a noise and movement to create a more e g plac e groupin at once p e w. welcoming environment for individuals ------ to ag hance to b ://ww with ASDs and other sensory disorders. the c visi t httpvisions/ ation out/di ------ kept. inform/learn/ab tm ore g Visit the Autism Society of America For m league.or allenger.h at www.autism-society.org to find a list ------ litt le ch of participating theaters. ------ ---- NAVY EFMP MID-ATLANTIC REGION NEWSLETTER • SUMMER EDITION 2011 5
  6. 6. QUESTIONS ABOUT EFMP?? MESSAGE Date Time To From Message EFMP LIAISONS Visit the Frequently Questions section on Asked our website. Hampton Roads Still need answers? Email us at Norfolk ................................................... (757) 444-2102 jennifer.r.pierce.ctr@ navy.mil and we will feature your que NMC Portsmouth ................ (757) 953-7805 stions & answersin upcoming newslett JEB Little Creek-Ft Story ... (757) 462-8922 ers (with an emaildirectly to you imme Oceana ..................................... (757) 433-2174/3635 diately so youdon’t have to wait!) Yorktown/NNSY ............................ (757) 887-4606 Connecticut New London ................................... (860) 694-2233 New Hampshire Portsmouth, NH ............................ (207) 438-1441 New York Saratoga Springs .........(518) 886-0200 x 148 Rhode Island Newport ............................................ (401) 841-4562 www.cnic.navy.mil/navylifema6 NAVY EFMP MID-ATLANTIC REGION NEWSLETTER • SUMMER EDITION 2011

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