With a population of 1.5 million active duty military members, each day around the globe, there are an estimated 540,000 active duty sponsors each caring for a family member with special medical or educational needs. Parents of children with special needs face many challenges and these challenges are compounded when the family concerned is military. While all military families face certain challenges such as frequent moves/military member being placed in harm’s way/deployments, our families with special needs family members face additional difficulties.
Utah Military Family Support 360
Family Support 360 for Military Families is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD), part of the Administration for Children and Families. Since 2008, ten grants have been awarded to plan and implement one-stop centers for military families. The initial assessment of the needs identified by Hill AFB personnel and active duty parents who have children with developmental disabilities indicates that Hill has an array of services and case managers already in place. Coordination of base services with, and ready access to, civilian services was a stated need. The Military 360 Project objectives include:
- Assist with enhancing and strengthening the capacity of Hill AFB personnel;
- Identify military and civilian supports and services;
- Coordinate communication between military and civilian systems;
- Establish a single-point of contact for information, support, and referral;
- Provide training and technical assistance to Hill AFB case managers;
- Provide workshops for families on military/civilian services;
- Provide technical assistance with website content;
- Ensure continuity of knowledge as base personnel and military/civilian services change from year to year.