For the primary time, the Protection Division will supply these enrolled within the Distinctive Household Member Program, additionally known as EFMP, a chance to supply detailed enter about their experiences. Suggestions will likely be used to enhance how this system gives companies to taking part households.
“It is fairly thrilling as a result of it is the primary official DOD survey about EFMP,” stated Jennifer Wong, a program analyst with the Protection Division’s Workplace of Particular Wants. “It is a phenomenal likelihood for households who’re enrolled in this system to be heard straight on the DOD coverage degree.”
About 105,000 active-duty service members are a part of the EFMP, which gives assist to households with kids or grownup dependents who’ve particular medical or instructional wants.
Each service member with a member of the family enrolled in EFMP is eligible to take the survey, Wong stated. Service members will obtain an announcement e-mail containing a novel ticket quantity. Service members with a ticket quantity will likely be directed to go to www.dodsurveys.mil and enter the ticket quantity to take the survey. It is anticipated that these emails will likely be despatched out on or after November 17, 2022.
In keeping with Wong, EFMP ensures that, amongst different issues, particular wants are considered when a navy household is moved to a brand new obligation project.
“When a household PCSs to the subsequent location, they could be on the lookout for explicit medical companies, specialists, therapies, behavioral well being — these varieties of companies — and we need to be sure that once they do PCS, they’re going to have continuity of care,” Wong stated.
Wong stated the outcomes of the survey will likely be utilized by the division to each enhance this system and standardize supply to all households throughout the companies.
“Inside the Workplace of Particular Wants, we’re dedicated to bettering assist for navy households with particular medical and/or instructional wants,” Wong stated. “A significant a part of that … is listening to from households who’re enrolled in this system. It is crucial to listen to from the households who’re in this system so now we have suggestions that is consultant of the households we serve, and it is based mostly off their real-life experiences and their interactions with this system. That is why it is an excellent alternative for households who’re enrolled to take part within the survey.”
The EFMP is made up of three parts: Identification and enrollment of members of the family into this system, which is accomplished by the medical instructions; an assignments element that ensures the medical and/or training wants of the member of the family are considered with an upcoming PCS, which is accomplished by the medical and personnel instructions; and a household assist element, which households can attain out to for data concerning sources and non-clinical case administration.
“The survey goes to ask about all three parts and what a household’s expertise or interplay has been … so we are able to see all these completely different contact factors for a household, what’s working or what will be improved upon,” Wong stated.
Each household enrolled within the EFMP will be capable to take the survey and share their very own household experiences with this system. Whereas Wong stated invites will likely be despatched out to service members solely, she recommends that the survey — which ought to take about quarter-hour to finish — be executed with all grownup service and members of the family’ involvement.
“We encourage the service member to possibly sit down, have a dialog with different grownup members of the family, and maybe take the survey collectively … to supply that full perspective of EFMP and likewise companies outdoors this system resembling medical or instructional companies,” Wong stated.
Additionally of word, Wong stated, is that whereas the division expects to ask each EFMP household to take part within the survey, it’s attainable that just lately enrolled members won’t get an invite. It is also attainable that if a navy service does not have an correct e mail deal with for a service member, then that service member won’t get an invite. These EFMP households will nonetheless be capable to take part within the survey, nevertheless, and are inspired to take action, Wong stated.
“We would like most participation,” she stated. “It is a nice alternative to provide your suggestions straight to DOD — straight to your service degree management.”
For service members with members of the family enrolled within the EFMP who do not get an invite and ticket quantity to take part within the survey, they will go to www.dodsurveys.mil, click on the “Click on Right here” button beneath the “Do not have a ticket quantity?” message, after which enter their DOD ID quantity and date of delivery to take the survey.
For extra data on assist for households with particular wants, go to the Military OneSource webpage on special needs.