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Old 02-26-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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My 7yo currently carries official diagnoses of high functioning Autism, PDD NOS, ODD. We need to enroll in EFMP with military (Dh is active duty). We have a 504 meeting tomorrow at school and are hoping to have all paperwork turned in within a week or so.

Thing is, we 'supposedly' have one year left here and are hoping to relocate back to Camp Pen where we have access to his old therapists (she's still there) and much more. His ped here doesn't have an established history with him, just a parent reported history and well child visits. We haven't been able to find suitable behavioral therapy for him because of where we are and the limited available (nearby) resources. I'm worried the paperwork won't be accurate and will be lacking in his realistic needs because we haven't established a history of care here. His dr is wonderful But I wish he had the benefit of the last 5 years with DS.

Can any mamas who have experience with EFMP walk me through this?

What does this do for him/us?
Will it be beneficial or restricting?
What do I need to know about the program?

This stuff is hard to sort through and I feel so lost in it all. Thanks.

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Old 02-26-2013, 03:23 PM   #2
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Re: Need help navigating EFMP

I would cross post this in the military forum as well. Unfortunately, I can not be of any help as we never enrolled DS in EFMP. All Tricare asked us for to cover his therapy was a copy of his IEP, and since we saw civilian docs, no one told us it was mandatory until after DH left AD and joined the reserves.

I think it is mainly supposed to be beneficial- a little more coverage and possible respite care depending on your needs. The one way I know that it can hinder you is that depending on the needs of the child it can restrict where you can be stationed (to ensure that the child is able to get the proper help/medical care.)
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:11 PM   #3
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I will cross post but there is more traffic ere so I thought is give it a shot.

Dh has been ad for 11 years. Though we have been in therapy for for years he only just got an official diagnosis 18 moths ago. I knew we were supposed to enroll but we never got to it until now. I'm okay with the limiting to where available resources are, we need them. I don't want to be at the mercy of someone telling me where and how often he can be seen though. The right for a therapist can take a while to find kwim?
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Re: Need help navigating EFMP

Well, when we had DS enrolled in EFMP his dr filled out pretty much all the paperwork & was wonderful, but I'd see about going to the EFMP office/ desk & ask them for the paperwork, we had to update DS's in 2011 & I just took it to the pediatrician & told him what to write basically. I don't recall the paperwork asking for how many hours of therapy he needs, just what therapy he needs. As of this month Tricare covers ABA therapy at unlimited hours for free (so says DS's therapist). You'll have to submit his IEP too if he has one.

What does this do for him/us? - makes sure that where ever the military sends you guys as a family medical & school services will be available.
Will it be beneficial or restricting? - it can be restricting, if a dr/ therapist is listed as needed & one isn't available at a duty station the military won't give your husband orders to move with you guys.
What do I need to know about the program?
Not about EFMP, but for Autism there's ABA (now covered free under Prime) & Autism Demonstration therapy (basically same thing but with a college student tutor instead of someone with their masters), which is covered under ECHO for a 'coshare' of about $30/mo, & he may qualify for respite care also.
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^ that was all very helpful. Thanks for sharing. We have seen the psychiatrist so we have a recent treatment plan on record and were waiting for an appt to see the psychologist again to outline a new therapy plan with him. Once those happen we can submit to EFMP. We have to wait because as of right now were getting no services other than through his 504 protection. The paper specifically asks what were doing now and what are the recommendations for needs. If we go off the past, it will show nothing. Kwim?
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Hey OP did you get this process sorted out/started? If not go into your family support on base and they have an EFMP coordinator. For navy we go to FFSC and they can give me the name of the EFMP medical coordinator. When I enrolled DS his issues were exclusively medical and the PCM handled it based off the reports from the specialists. Now that we are looking at a possible autism diagnosis and doing therapy soon there will be different paperwork and the EFMP coordinator will help me make sure the process covers all of his needs.
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Hey OP did you get this process sorted out/started? If not go into your family support on base and they have an EFMP coordinator. For navy we go to FFSC and they can give me the name of the EFMP medical coordinator. When I enrolled DS his issues were exclusively medical and the PCM handled it based off the reports from the specialists. Now that we are looking at a possible autism diagnosis and doing therapy soon there will be different paperwork and the EFMP coordinator will help me make sure the process covers all of his needs.
Thanks for following up! We haven't submitted paperwork yet but only because right now where working on a plan with his psychologist. The paperwork asks specific questions such as 'what kinds and at what frequency does child need services?'. Broad question huh? Well, we want to be sure to list any and all to be sure his needs are met. Hopefully in the next 6 weeks the packet will be submitted.

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Thanks for following up! We haven't submitted paperwork yet but only because right now where working on a plan with his psychologist. The paperwork asks specific questions such as 'what kinds and at what frequency does child need services?'. Broad question huh? Well, we want to be sure to list any and all to be sure his needs are met. Hopefully in the next 6 weeks the packet will be submitted.

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I know that feeling all too well. We are about to start revising our EFMP paperwork to include his new diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and related service needs. Fun times
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I know that feeling all too well. We are about to start revising our EFMP paperwork to include his new diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and related service needs. Fun times
Yep DS's diagnosis will change also. He is currently pddnos and ADHD. His dr says its Aspergers but well, you know that's done.
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If it makes you feel better, when you have to redo that paperwork in the future, it's really quite easy for a teacher/case manager to complete it.
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