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EFMP Events and Workshops

Workshops & Support Groups

Please register at least 1 day prior to event, unless otherwise stated, by emailing efmphh@usmc-mccs.org or by calling 703-693-5353.

The EFMP wishes to make our events accessible to persons of all abilities. If you need reasonable accommodations in order to fully participate in an event, please contact us. Unless otherwise noted, all programs consist of a workshop plus allotted time for family networking and support group. These events are a great opportunity to support one another by sharing experiences, resources, and lessons learned. EFMP staff will be on hand to address questions and concerns.

EFMP Support Group

EFMP Support Group

Last Tuesday of every month • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Pentagon, Retail Corridor (near Starbucks).


Join us on the last Tuesday of every month:
• June 25, 2019


Location: Pentagon, Retail Corridor, near the Starbucks (look for the red EFMP bag).


Come share your experiences, challenges, and support with other EFMP families. No registration required. All branches of service welcome. For more information call 703-693-5353/693-0783.


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EFMP Recreation Inclusion

EFMP Outreach Fort McNair

Tuesday, June 11 • 5:30–7:00 pm
Fort Belvoir USO - 5940 9th Street, Fort Belvoir, VA.
Register by Friday, June 7. Please, call 703-693-5353 for more information or to register.


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EFMP Recreation Inclusion

Marine & Family Programs Pentagon Outreach

Wednesday, June 12 • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm • Pentagon, 2nf Floor, Apex 1/2.


There will be a representative from the Marine & Family Programs at the Pentagon every 2nd Wednesday of every month between Corridors 9 & 10, 2d Deck, A Ring. Please stop by and see us with any questions you may have.


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EFMP Meet & Greet

EFMP Meet & Greet

Friday, June 14 • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm • Marine Barracks Washington.
Lower Level Annex, Health Promotions Office.


Meet your Family Case Worker. Drop off paperwork. Come by to chat about resources and how EFMP can assist your family.


More 2019 Dates:
• Wednesday, September 25
• Friday, December 13


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EFMP Recreation Inclusion

EFMP Accessing Community Resources

Thursday, June 20 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm • Bldg. 12, Conference Rm.
Register by Tuesday, June 18. Please, call 703-693-5353 for more information or to register.


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EFMP Recreation Inclusion

EFMP Outreach Rader Clinic

Friday, June 21 • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm • Rader Clinic, Fort Myer.


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EFMP Strike Up Some Fun

EFMP Strike Up Some Fun

Saturday, June 22 • 12:00–2:00 pm • Fort Myer Bowling Center.


Celebrate the start of summer with EFMP
EFMP families from all branches of service are welcome to join us on Saturday, June 22 from 12pm - 2pm at Fort Myer's Bowling Center to celebrate the end of the school year and start of summer vacation. Limited spaces. This event is only for EFMP-enrolled families. Registration is required. Register by Friday, June 21. Please, call 703-693-5353 for more information or to register.


FREE Bowling and Refreshments for the whole family!


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Special Olympics Young Athletes

EFMP Special Olympics Young Athletes

July 11, 18, 25 • 10:00–11:00 am • Cpl Terry L. Smith Gym, Henderson Hall.


Special Olympics Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities, ages 2 to 7 years old. Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking, and throwing. Young Athletes offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children. Children of all abilities take part, and they all benefit.

Please join us on July 11, 18, and 25 from 1000-1100 am at Cpl Terry L. Smith Gymnasium aboard Henderson Hall.

Registration is required. Call us at 703-693-5353 or email us at efmphh@usmc-mccs.org.


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Introduction to Virginia Medicaid Waivers

Introduction to Virginia Medicaid Waivers

Friday, July 19 • 5:00–6:30 pm.
Warrior and Family Center, 5940 9th Street, Fort Belvoir, VA.


Presented By Moms In Motion.
A guest speaker from Moms In Motion, a service facilitation for Medicaid Waiver enrollees, will provide participants with:
• An overview of Virginia Medicaid Waivers
• The qualification requirements and application process
• The benefits of the Medicaid Waivers
• The importance of getting on a waiting list.


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EFMP Strike Up Some Fun

EFMP Back-to-School Bowling Bash

Saturday, August 31 • 12:00–2:00 pm • Fort Myer Bowling Center.


EFMP families from all branches of service are welcome to join us on Saturday, August 31 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm at Fort Myer's Bowling Center to celebrate the start of school year. Limited spaces. This event is only for EFMP-enrolled families. Registration is required. For more information, please call us at 703-693-5353 or 703-696-0783.


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Workshop & Support Group Descriptions:

Accessing Community Resources
Community resources are the businesses, public service institutions, and charitable organizations that provide assistance and services to local residents. Some organizations may support large groups while others target a smaller more specific group. Come and learn about accessing a wealth of resources available in the National Capital Region and how to find new resources when you PCS to a new location.

Building Networks of Support
Informal networks of support are people who are part of a family's social network like family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers or members of a faith-based community. Formal networks of support are typically individuals from organizations or agencies that provide help or a service to the family. Learn how to find resources and how to build a support system by sharing and networking with others who are dealing with the same challenging circumstances.

Early Intervention Overview
From birth to 5 years, a child should reach milestones in how he/she plays, learns, speaks and acts. A delay in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem. The good news is, the earlier it’s recognized the more a child can be helped to reach his/her full potential. Learn how to spot developmental delays and what to do if you have a concern about your child.

EFMP Family Social/Support Group
Our EFMP Family Social is a time for the entire family to connect with others. Children will be able to participate in crafts and engage in other activities. While children are occupied, parents are given the opportunity to connect with each other and their Family Case Worker in order to share resources and to discuss relevant issues. This informal gathering allows parents to network with others who have family members with special needs. Learn and gain support by sharing experiences, information on services, resources, and lessons learned through successes and challenges.

Establishing Permanent Dependency
Learn what the basic qualifying criterion is for establishing an incapacitation status for a child within the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). Learn what a dependency determination is and what documentation is needed. Learn what the ID card processing procedures are for incapacitated children over age 21.

Introduction to EFMP
What is the USMC Exceptional Family Member Program? Who is eligible and what are the benefits and requirements? How do you enroll in the program? This workshop will discuss why the EFMP exists, and how it can help you to support and advocate for your exceptional family member.

Managing Deployments
Join us for a brief about how to prepare for deployment. Learn about the resources and supports available for your family through your EFMP office.

Meet & Greet
Meet your Family Case Worker. Drop off paperwork. Meet other EFMP families. Learn more about EFMP and the resources available to you.

  • Meet your Family Case Worker
  • Drop off paperwork
  • Meet other EFMP families
  • Learn more about EFMP and the resources available to you
  • Children are welcome

Recreation Inclusion Opportunities
What does inclusion look like? Learn the laws regulating inclusion and what recreation opportunities are available for your family member in the area.

Respite Care
The Respite Care Reimbursement Program is available to eligible EFMP-enrolled families. This workshop covers the Respite Care Reimbursement Program guidelines, eligibility, and the application process. This is an essential briefing if you will be utilizing this USMC EFMP respite care subsidy program.

Service Animals
Learn the difference between service animals and therapy animals, installation regulations, and how to PCS with your service animal.

Special Needs Forum
A forum to address the issues and concerns of our families enrolled in the USMC Exceptional Family Member Program dealing with your installation. We hope to foster ideas, promote creativity, and solve problems with the outcome of greater coordination and collaboration in accessing quality support services for our families.

Successful Permanent Change Station (PCS) Transition
Planning is the key to making a smooth transition for your family during a PCS move, especially if you have a family member with special needs. This workshop will step you through the process of creating a timeline checklist, and provide information on useful resources, tips, and organizational tools that will help lessen the stress and anxiety of moving with a family member with special needs.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
SSI is a benefit available through the U.S. Social Security Administration. What is it, and who qualifies? This workshop will cover the SSI program guidelines, the application process, and more. The other part of this brief is on Medicaid. What is Medicaid? Who qualifies, and what is the application process?



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