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Fleet And Family Support Programs (FFSP)

Fleet And Family Support Programs (FFSP)

The Fleet and Family Support Program (FFSP) provides unified, customer-focused, consistent and efficient FFSP programs and services to support sustained mission and Navy readiness. They provide the right services at the right time, to strengthen personal and family competencies to meet the unique challenges of the military lifestyle.

FFSC offers services to individuals as well via classes, workshops and webinars on a variety of topics, including employment, parenting, stress management, communication, relocation, financial management, transition assistance, a variety of counseling and more. You can check out our upcoming schedule of workshops online at www.navylifepnw.com. Please call your FFSC at 425-304-3367, DSN 727-3367 to access our services and for more information.

Information and Referral: Information on civilian and military services, resources and activities is available or can be researched for you. This service is provided by telephone or on a walk-in basis.

Relocation Assistance Program (RAP): The Fleet and Family Support Center provides a variety of relocation services. “Plan My Move” and “Military Installations” are online programs available on the Military OneSource website (www.militaryonesource.mil) and can assist with organizing PCSs. Upon request, the FFSP provides Welcome Aboard Packages to both commands and military members, which contain area information. Hospitality kits — containing pots, pans, dishes, silverware, etc. — are available for checkout free and are offered to personnel waiting for their household goods to arrive. Call425-304-3367 for more information.

Transition Goals, Plan, Success (TGPS): Transition GPS provides separating and retiring service members and their families with the skills, tools and self-confidence necessary to successfully re-enter the civilian workforce.

Career tracks are offered in education, entrepreneurship or technical areas. Transition resources include: training and education, career resources, federal transition resources, assisted company research, access to job fairs, salary information and relocation research. Twice a month, the departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs jointly present a transition assistance program seminar.

The goal of the program is to provide professional career development resources throughout the career life cycle. Per OPNAVINST 1900.2 (Series) and Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, every service member is eligible for and will have full access to transition services and must meet career readiness standards (CRS) prior to separation.

 

Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP): This program assists family members of active-duty personnel, retirees and their family members in the job search. Information includes job listings, referrals and reference materials on many topics. Counseling is available for preparing resumes and cover letters, application forms and interviewing techniques.

Ombudsman Program: Appointed by the commanding officer, an ombudsman is a volunteer spouse who serves as a liaison between the families and the command in which they represent. Ombudsman perform the vital role of linking families to Family Readiness Groups and available community resources as well as being the first step in contacting a command during emergency situations. The FFSP provides support to the ombudsman program by offering classes, such as Ombudsman Basic Training, as well as supporting the Ombudsman Assembly. They also maintain a current list of all area ombudsmen and can assist you in contacting your command ombudsman in addition to other ombudsmen if the need should arise.

Family Readiness Groups (FRGs): Another component of the FFSP platform is the Family Readiness Group training and support program. FFSP offers initial training as well as ongoing training to FRGs. They also provide training on a variety of topics at command FRG meetings. The Navy recruits Sailors but retains families. FFSP plays a vital role in that retention.

Personal Financial Management Program
(PFM): The PFM program consists of three functions: first, to support the command financial specialists; second, to provide financial education through classes, workshops and General Military Trainings; third, to provide one-on-one counseling and education to DOD personnel and their dependents. The overall goal is to achieve personal financial readiness by assisting DOD personnel and their dependents in making the best financial decisions.

Life Skills Education: The FFSC Education Services facilitator offers the following education and training programs: personal communication, couples communication, communication in the workplace, stress management, anger management, and domestic violence and child abuse awareness and prevention. It is our mission to ensure that active-duty military members and their families have the knowledge and skills to foster good relationships, healthy families and strong marriages. All programs are offered at the FFSC as well as in the commands. Attendees of our programs are provided with packets of materials pertaining to specific Life Skills and walk away with multiples resources to further assist them.

New Parent Support Home Visitation Program (NPSHVP): The New Parent Support Home Visitation Program is a team of professionals providing supportive and caring services to military families with children ranging from 0-3 years old. Navy families and other military families expecting a child or with children up to 3 years of age are assessed to determine if they need assistance managing the demands of a new baby. In the program, new moms and dads can be referred to community new baby programs and are eligible to participate in a voluntary home visitation program, free of charge. The New Parent Support Home Visitation Program was developed to assist military families in ways that friends and family would if you were back home. This program offers expectant parents and parents of newborn and young children the opportunity to learn new skills as parents and to improve existing parenting skills in the privacy of their own home. Services include home visits, child development and positive parenting education, a lending library, and referrals to other military and community services.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP): The Navy’s Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is designed to assist Sailors with the special needs of their Exceptional Family Members (EFM) at new duty locations. EFMP enrollment is mandatory and required immediately upon identification of a special need. EFMP case liaisons are located throughout the fleet to provide information and referrals, individualized service plans and case management from one duty station to the next.

Counseling: Counseling is available for individuals, couples and families on a short-term basis. Assistance is provided for a variety of personal issues, including relationships, separations, adjustments, parenting, communication, stress and anger management, family violence, crisis intervention and other concerns. Appropriate referrals will be provided when long-term counseling is indicated.

Family Advocacy Program (FAP): FAP, a mandatory Navy Program, is available to assist active-duty service members and their families who are experiencing domestic violence or child abuse. Case managers assess for safety and individual and family needs as well as provide resources. Treatment options are available at FFSC and in the community. In some situations restricted reporting is available.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Coordinator (SAPR): This program assists active-duty and retired military personnel and their family members in coping with the effects of rape and sexual assault. A cadre of community and military volunteer advocates makes up the backbone of the program. They provide 24-hour information, referral and support services.

Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVA): The FFSP provides advocacy services for active-duty and retired military personnel and their family members who are victims of domestic abuse. Advocacy services include safety planning, providing victim rights, assistance in accessing both military and civilian resources, information regarding available benefits, rights and services, including legal actions available to promote safety and medical services, education about abuse and violence, and emotional support. Restricted reporting is available in some circumstances and allows advocacy without the knowledge or involvement of command or law enforcement.

Navy Gold Star: This is the official Navy program designed to provide long-term support to surviving families of Sailors that died on active duty, no matter the cause of death. The program supports survivors in navigating various military and community agencies and monitoring benefits milestones. It also provides assistance to find tuition aid, medical services, grief counseling, specific support groups and a confidential, sympathetic ear. Survivors eligible for this program are spouses, parents, siblings and the next of kin. Survivors will remain part of the Navy family and are welcome at Fleet and Family Support Centers to receive support for as long as they desire.

Retired Activities Office (RAO): A Retired Activities Office assists all retired personnel of the uniformed services and their families by educating them about their benefits and helping to process the documentation required of them upon the death of the retired service member. This office is run by volunteers and hours are limited. Call 425-304-3775 for more information.

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