The Exceptional Advocate

A newsletter for military families with special needs

October 2017

TRICARE Extends Mental Health Treatment Options

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TRICARE has expanded its mental health and substance use disorder services, improving access to outpatient care, eliminating limits on weekly services and increasing opportunities for treatment. The new continuum of care better meets beneficiaries’ needs.

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Adults with Special Needs

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The Exceptional Family Member Program supports all military family members who have special needs – adults and children.

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Financial Planning for Families With Special Needs

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Being on top of your finances is critical when you have a family member with special needs. Learn how to start your financial plan, including taking advantage of disability tax credits, Supplemental Security Income and other benefits.

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and aims to educate employers and communities about the importance of being inclusive of the skills and talents of persons with disabilities.

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For Service Providers
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Exceptional Family Member Program Video Resources

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The Exceptional Family Member Program offers a library of helpful videos on everything from identifying early intervention services and introducing your child to a new teacher to how to organize medical and school records.

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Upcoming Military Families Learning Network Webinars

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Teachers who use universal design for learning, or UDL, principles set up students for post-secondary success. Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: Advocating for Universal Design for Learning in Classrooms is scheduled for October 18 at 11 a.m. EDT.

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National Adoption Awareness Month

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November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month, an opportunity to learn more about this way to grow your family. Review these eight tips every service family should know about adoption, including assistance with adoption costs, tax credits and other benefits.

Suicide Prevention

Resources and resiliency help children of military parents turn away from suicidal thoughts.

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ADHD Awareness Month

Learn about the signs and symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder during ADHD Awareness Month.

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Happy Birthday, U.S. Navy

The birth of the U.S. Navy stems from a frenetic 11-day period in October 1775. Learn more about naval history.

Child Care Options

Finding the right care for your child with special needs starts with asking the right questions.

Family Caregivers Month

Use caregiver support from Military OneSource to help lighten your load and take better care of yourself.

Bullying Prevention Month

Take steps to redirect behavior and prevent bullying. Access research-based tools and resources.


Find programs and services at your local installation.

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