In the Works: EFMP Respite Care to undergo changes Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 June 2017
By Cinda Holloway
Special to GUIDON

Since 2007, the Department of the Army has authorized funding for Exceptional Family Member Program Respite Care to EFMP enrolled Families with high medical care needs.  

This program provides the primary caregiver an opportunity to have a “break” from the hands-on caregiving.  

Families have also had peace-of-mind knowing the care is provided by a trained and vetted provider at no cost.  This respite care continues to be an invaluable resource to Families here at Fort Leonard Wood.

Over the years, EFMP Respite Care has undergone several revisions and most recently a restructuring of the program. To maintain the program and focus on high medical needs, three important changes will take place July 1.  

First, EFMP Respite Care will only be available to EFMP enrolled Family members who have a medical level of care three or four.  

Second, the maximum allowed monthly hours will be reduced from 40 hours to 25 hours.  

Third, Family members who are categorized at a medical level of care one  or two will no longer be  eligible for EFMP Respite Care.  

The FLW EFMP has made every effort to keep Families aware of the changes and remains supportive of EFMP Respite Care.

The Department of the Army and EFMP continue to look for support services that aid in the resiliency of the Family, and increase the  mission readiness of the Soldier.  In addition to respite care, Families are encouraged to explore and use all available resources and support offered by the EFMP.  

Those interested may contact the Army Community Service EFMP at 573.596.0131, ext. 60212 or visit Building 486 with questions about respite care or any other support programs.

(Editor’s note: Holloway  is the installation EFMP manager.)
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