Special Needs – Resources

Special Care Organizational Record for Children with Special Health Care Needs

If your military family has a family member with special needs, there are numerous resources, services and programs available to help you. But where do you start? Here are some top resources.

The Exceptional Family Member Program

Sometimes half the battle of managing your family member's care is knowing what resources and services are available and how to access them. The Exceptional Family Member Program, or EFMP, is here to help. You can find the nearest EFMP installation office to get help with:

  • Identifying and enrolling your family member.
  • Learning what services are available at your present or new duty station.
  • Getting family support with information, referrals and non-clinical case management to access services.

Check out these available directories, toolkits and resources:

Military OneSource special needs consultants

Military OneSource provides you the resources you need in the form of special needs consultants. A consultant can assess your family's needs and answer your questions about education, finances, support groups and more. They can help you find and access:

Call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or live chat any time to schedule a specialty consultation by phone or video.

Resources for special education and early intervention plans

Getting your child with special needs off to a great start is important for everyone in your family — and your family's readiness.

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education, offers the Parent Center Hub – also known as the Center for Parent Information and Resources – which has collections of links for infants, toddlers and school-age children:

Family-to-Family Health Information Centers

Get support in your community from other families with firsthand experience navigating the health care maze. Each state has Family-to-Family Health Information Centers that are staffed by health care professionals and family members of people with special health care needs. These nonprofit centers can help you:

  • Learn about eligibility for programs.
  • Write a health care plan for teachers and therapists.
  • Locate resources to pay for medications.
  • Find support groups and more.

Child care options for special needs families

Some children may require more than routine or basic care, such as children with or at-risk of disabilities, chronic illnesses or physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions. Military child care programs work with parents and guardians to make reasonable accommodations by considering the needs of the child, the child care environment, staffing and training requirements, and the resources available to the program. is a Department of Defense website that helps families in any service branch find and request military operated or military subsidized child care anywhere in the world. The website assists families with children with special needs in their search for care. Your local program will work with you directly to determine reasonable accommodations for your child through a process that includes an Inclusion Action Team, or IAT. You are a member of the IAT for your child and will be included in the decision-making process. Programs welcome the opportunity to discuss your family's needs throughout your search process. More information about the IAT and the process for evaluating requests for reasonable accommodations is available by contacting the local program.

If child care is unavailable on your installation, you may be eligible to receive fee assistance through Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood, or MCCYN. Learn more about MCCYN and apply for assistance at Child Care Aware of America.

Call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or live chat to schedule an appointment with a special needs consultant. Appointments are available seven days a week.