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The following Department of Defense reports may be of assistance to Exceptional Family Member Program service providers in the military. These reports are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format and require Acrobat Reader 4.0 or later. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from the Adobe Acrobat Reader website at no charge.

Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs

Education Services for Military Dependent Children with Autism Executive Summary (PDF) The DoD engaged the Ohio State University to review the access and availability of evidence-based educational practices for military dependents with autism spectrum disorders in the states of California, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

The Ohio State University Project Team Education Services for Military Dependent Children with Autism Final Project Report (PDF) The DoD contracted with Ohio State University to review the access and availability of evidence-based educational practices for military dependents with autism spectrum disorders in the states of California, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia. These states were selected based on the number of assigned military personnel. For this report, the terms autism and autism spectrum disorder are used interchangeably.

The Ohio State University Project Team Education Services for Military Dependent Children with Special Needs: Phase II (PDF) Phase II of this project expanded the review to include 10 additional states (Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New York and Oklahoma); two more disabilities (intellectual disability and emotional/behavior disability) and early intervention services. Ohio State University researched educational trends nationally and in each of the 15 states. School districts and early intervention providers serving military families in these states were surveyed.

The West Virginia University Project Team's Reports on Medicaid and Military Families with Children with Special Healthcare Needs: Accessing Medicaid and Waivered Services (PDF) The DoD's Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs commissioned West Virginia University to examine active duty military families with special needs and their relationship with Medicaid's home and community-based services waiver program. This research identifies concerns for further consideration by OSN and DoD in addressing the overall well-being of families with special needs.

Exceptional Family Member Program Benchmark Study

Benchmark Study (PDF) This study analyzes existing military and civilian programs and policies to inform on best practices, determines expansion of existing programs through a family needs assessment and develops evaluation metrics to determine family satisfaction.

Demographic reports

The demographics reports, which were prepared for the DoD, present a synthesis of demographic information describing members and families in the military community. Active duty service branches include DoD's Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force, and the reserve components include DoD's Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and the Department of Homeland Security's Coast Guard Reserve.

Federal assistance

Medicaid's Role in Treating Children in Military Families, Oct. 2005 (PDF) Conducted by the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, this analysis examines Medicaid's role as a supplemental insurer for children enrolled in TRICARE with special health care needs.

Military family readiness reports

Annual Report to Congress on Plans for the DoD for the Support of Military Family Readiness (PDF) This annual report to Congress provides a summary of plans and assessment activities pertaining to military family readiness and the FY10 assessment results based on DoD-wide goals and metrics in select family readiness program areas.

Annual Report of the DoD Military Family Readiness Council (PDF) This annual report to Congress presents an assessment of the adequacy and effectiveness of the military family readiness programs and recommendation on action to be taken to improve the capability of the military family readiness program. The FY08 report was combined with FY08 Annual Report to Congress on plans for the DoD for the Support of Military Family Readiness (see the link above).

Report to Congress on the Impact of Deployment of Members of the Armed Forces on Their Dependent Children (PDF) This report is pursuant to Section 571 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY10, which requires the Secretary of Defense to submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on the result of a comprehensive assessment of the impacts of military deployment on the dependent children of deployed service members.

Final Report from the National Leadership Summit on Military Families (PDF) This report serves as a comprehensive overview and summary of the National Leadership Summit on Military Families, held Nov. 9-10, 2009 at the University of Maryland. The summit brought together key individuals including senior policymakers, family program leaders and staff, military family researchers and military family members themselves for a two-day discussion on the state of affairs for military families. The final report details current challenges, establishes goals and lays out a plan of action for the future of military family support and readiness.

National research

National Study on Crime against Persons with Disabilities, 2007 (PDF) Conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, United States Department of Justice, this study presents the first estimates of crime against people with disabilities measured by the National Crime Victimization Survey. The report focuses on the victimization experiences of people with disabilities and compares disability types, victim characteristics and crime characteristics, such as reporting crime to the police and the presence of weapons during the crime. The study also compares the statistics against those of people without disabilities.

Empowerment for Americans with Disabilities: Breaking Barriers to Careers and Full Employment Report, Oct. 2007  (PDF) Published by the National Council on Disability, this report comprehensively reviews the issues integral to the employment of people with disabilities. The report summarizes the existing knowledge regarding the employment of people with disabilities in a series of short issue briefs and presents new information on the perspectives of employers, people with disabilities and disability specialists on the key barriers to and facilitators of employment.

Pentagon Family Assistance Center

Response to the Terrorist Attack on the Pentagon: Pentagon Family Assistance Center After Action Report - March 2003  (PDF) Following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the Pentagon Family Assistance Center developed quickly into a multiagency emergency response effort. Various military components, federal, state and local governments, and non-government agencies came together to support the families. This report discusses the three phases of the operation and the services and support provided to meet the needs of the families over time.

Presidential Study Directive - 9

Strengthening our Military Families - Meeting America's Commitment (PDF) The president has made the care and support of military families a top national security policy priority. In May 2010, the president directed the National Security Staff to develop a coordinated government-wide approach to supporting military families.

Quadrennial quality of life reviews

Report of the 2nd Quadrennial Quality of Life Review (PDF) This 2009 report focuses on 19 significant areas in which the DoD has undertaken major initiatives to improve the quality of life of our service members and their families.

Report of the 1st Quadrennial Quality of Life Review Report (PDF) This report highlights matters affecting the quality of life of members of the armed forces in relation to the national security strategy of the United States. It articulates a caring leadership who understands the sacrifices and demands of the military lifestyle and reiterates the department's commitment to underwrite family support.


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