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Enewsletter sept 10 (militaryhomefront)


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Military Homefront eNewsletter (EFMP info)

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Enewsletter sept 10 (militaryhomefront)

  1. 1. DoD Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs September 2010 eNewsletter Military OneSource The military family lifestyle can be rewarding, but it can also present challenges. Issues unique to the military like deployment, frequent relocations, or intermittent single parenting, can make it difficult to do the research needed to identify resources for your special needs child. That is where Military OneSource (MOS) comes in! MOS provides up to twelve consultations with highly trained specialists who can assess your family’s needs and locate the appropriate resources. Check out our special needs homepage, featuring topics and articles relevant to the military special needs community and linking you to just about any information of interest to families. MOS provides a wide-range of family support-related topics such as navigating the educational system, medical resources, support groups, and moving benefits. Service members and their families can schedule a specialty consultation by calling MOS at 1-800-342-9647. Guard and Reserve? Give us a call. MOS can help you too! Fort Meade Accessible Playground Congratulations to Fort Meade on the opening of their accessible playground. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held on 1 September and was attended by Isabel Hodge (far right) and Mininia Hawkins from the Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs.
  2. 2. TRICARE Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) Update - Effective 9 August 2010, TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) eliminated the $2,500 per month limit for the following ECHO benefits: diagnostic services, treatment, respite care, assistive services, and durable equipment. Beginning on 1 November 2010, all authorized ECHO benefits, with the exception of ECHO Home Health Care (EHHC), now accrue toward the $36,000 annual government limit with the appropriate monthly cost share. TRICARE Q&A Q: My child is enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) and is registered in TRICARE's Extended Care Health Option (ECHO). Will TRICARE cover training that I need to help my child? A: TRICARE costs shares training on the use of an assistive technology device or to acquire skills that are expected to lessen the effects of the ECHO qualifying condition. When provided by a TRICARE-authorized provider, ECHO can also cost share training for parents, guardians, and siblings that is necessary to help manage your child's qualifying condition. For example, training on the use and maintenance of a respirator needed by an ECHO-registered child can be covered by the ECHO. If you have any questions, please call your regional contractor. Q: Does this mean that parents can receive Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) training? A: Under TRICARE's Autism Services Demonstration, Educational Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders (EIA) services are covered; ABA is an EIA service. TRICARE reimburses providers for parent training reflected in the ECHO family member's behavioral plan. The training helps parents implement and reinforce skills and behaviors. It also teaches parents to handle behaviors in a specific setting. Computer/Electronics Accommodations Program (CAP) - Learn About is a federal website, managed by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. The website provides disability-related resources on programs, services, laws, and regulations. Visitors can find information on benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, housing, health, technology, and transportation. strives to connect people with disabilities and their family members, veterans, caregivers, employers, and service providers with the right resources to ensure equal participation in the workplace and the community.
  3. 3. What’s New Focus on IEPs Military OneSource Webinar – Dr. Maria Barkmeier, a special educator and mentor of the Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs, and Mary Bradshaw Zimmerman of MOS will host the Focus on IEPs webinar. This important MOS webinar will be held on 30 September 2010 at noon and 7:00PM Eastern Time. National Survey of Families with Special Needs - The Arc, a nationally recognized advocacy group for individuals with disabilities, is conducting an online survey of families that include a member with special needs or individuals themselves who have a disability. The survey is open to all, including military families. To access the survey for military families, visit The Arc website. The Arc plans to use the survey responses to help inform disability organizations, services, policy, and public perceptions on issues related to disability supports that individuals and families have now, need, or are anticipated to need in the future. Regional Administration on Developmental Disabilities Listening Sessions - The United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) will be holding a series of summits over the next few months in Philadelphia, Orlando, Dallas, Detroit, and Denver. During these Envisioning the Future summits, ADD wants to hear from self-advocates, family members, allies, and professionals about their vision for the future of individuals with developmental disabilities. Issue areas include transition to post-secondary education and employment, independent living, community supports, aging, and caregiving challenges. Coming Soon! During the first week of October MilitaryHOMEFRONT will launch its recently updated and reorganized Special Needs/Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) content for Troops and Family Members! Whether you wonder how to navigate TRICARE benefits with a special needs family member or you need more information about special education regulations, the new Special Needs/EFMP content on MilitaryHOMEFRONT is here to help! MilitaryHOMEFRONT’s EFMP content has been redesigned to provide service members and their families with straight forward, easy to locate information, resources, and tools. The content is clearly organized and easy to navigate and is structured similarly to the other topics addressed on MilitaryHOMEFRONT:
  4. 4. • Home: Find a concise overview of the content, quick and easy links to Service enrollment forms, family support resources and tools, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the program. • Benefits, Allowances, & Eligibility: Read helpful FAQs regarding programs, services, and supports in categories including child care, education, medical coverage, financial challenges, and more. • Resources: Access Service-specific resources as well as additional resources organized by category including medical, education, state, and federal resources. • News and Updates: Check back often to find current and relevant information about Special Needs/EFMP issues. Visit MilitaryHOMEFRONT to check out the newly launched EFMP content and share this information with service providers, troops and family members, and anyone else you know who would find it helpful and informative.