As all parents of special needs children know, a PCS is even more complicated when dealing with continuity of care (or lack thereof). We also know that a PCS is part of the military life and we cannot put it off permanently. However, recent changes in military policy for families with special medical or education needs aim to help out a bit.
The policy changes, released 8/22/13,
clarify the guidelines for the stabilization process involving EFMP families.
The message states “The Army is committed to the health, safety and well-being of its Soldiers and their Family members with special needs. Army policy allows for military Families with special needs to be stabilized for four years so medical or education services, which cannot be immediately replicated elsewhere, are not disrupted. The stabilization for the exceptional Family member does NOT apply to the Soldier.”
Let’s Break it Down:
- Soldiers with exceptional Family members may still be required to travel on TDY for combat or operational deployments, training exercises, for personnel manager or professional development
- Four-year stabilization period starts on the day the Family member began receiving the required services
How Do YOU Qualify?
One or more of these criteria MUST be met to establish eligibility for stabilization
- A permanent change of station move (PCS) would disrupt access to necessary medical or education services that would place the exceptional Family member’s health, safety or development in jeopardy.
- The Family member has a diagnosis that requires extensive support from TRICARE and/or state and local resources that would be difficult to replicate or reacquire in a timely manner.
- The Family has multiple exceptional Family members receiving a combination of Tricare, state and local services that would be difficult to replicate or reacquire in a timely manner.
Steps to Qualify?
- Soldiers must complete a Department of the Army form 4187
- Solider must submit the form routed through the chain of command to request stabilization.
For more information on the stabilization process please contact your local EFMP office.