NAS PATUXENT RIVER

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Military and Family Support Centers are part of the network of agencies, programs, services and partnerships which supports the overall well-being of military families. Military and Family Support Centers provide information, education and support programs to help balance the demands of military life. The Military and Family Support Center should be one of your first stops once you arrive at a new installation to connect with key programs, services and support systems. Programs and services may vary across services and installations.

  • Deployment support provides information, education and support to assist you and your family during all phases of the deployment cycle.
  • Relocation assistance provides an array of services during the relocation process to meet your moving needs.
  • Personal financial management provides information, education and one-on-one financial counseling to assist you and your family in maintaining your financial readiness.
  • Employment assistance offers comprehensive information, tools and resources to support career exploration, training and licensing, and employment readiness.
  • Family life education provides information and education to assist you and your family in developing resilience skills that can help as you navigate your mobile military lives.
  • Information and referral can assist you in identifying and clarifying needs to determine appropriate forms of assistance and in locating services and programs available both on and off your installation.
  • The Transition Assistance Program prepares separating, retiring and demobilizing service members (and their families) with the information, skills and knowledge necessary for a successful transition from military to civilian life. The first step in your transition process is to complete the congressionally mandated pre-separation counseling session, which furnishes detailed information on the various benefits and services available.

Military and Family Support Centers may provide other programs, such as the Exceptional Family Member Program, Family Advocacy Program and the New Parent Support Program. These services vary by location.

 

Installation Specific Information

Deployment/Individual Augmentee Support

Events sponsored by the FFSC include:

IA Indoctrination: A 5 day seminar/workshop concentrating on the readiness and preparedness of the sailor for upcoming deployment to a forward operating base. Designed to be a "One stop shop" for Medical, Legal, PSD, Training, etc. topics.

IA Spouse Briefing: Half day information and resource event offered for spouses to get a better understanding of the IA process and resources available to assist them during a very stressful time.

Relocation Assistance

The FFSC Relocation Assistance Program offers the following but is not limited to: Assistance with obtaining a Sponsor at the new location; information about Spouse employment opportunities; local area Schools and Housing information; referrals for Stress management aimed at intervention and prevention of abuse; shipment, receipt and storage of household goods (including motor vehicles and pets); settling in services, including Welcome to Pax base "windshield tour"; information about various base support agencies & local community information; referral to the Housing Service Center which will assist with locating adequate, affordable temporary and permanent housing, both on or off the base. A well-stocked Loan Locker is available to inbound & outbound Sailors (at the MWR building) for immediate need items, lent out for 30 days at a time.

Transition Assistance

To further enhance career skills, we offer the following:

10 Steps to a Federal Job - Learn about the Federal Hiring process, and taking a systematic approach in applying for employment with the Federal Government.

Effective Resume Writing - Never leave home without a well-polished resume!

How to Work A Job Fair – Learn to navigate the Job Fair maze with our Tips & Techniques.

Job Fairs - Information on local job fairs located throughout the National Capital Region.

Myers-Briggs Type 1 Indicator/Strong Interest Inventory - Personal assessments geared to determine personality type and interests.

The Perfect Interview Techniques - You are in the door! How will you present yourself to a potential employer? Now is the time to learn how to make a good impression and land that dream job!

Personal Financial Management

The FFSC Personal Financial Management (PFM) consultant provides financial counseling to Service Members and their families. Workshops provided include but are not limited to: Banking & Financial Basics; Basic Budgeting; Credit Management; Savings & Investing; Thrift Savings Plan Overview; Car Buying Strategies; Home Buying Information; Consumer Awareness; Identity Theft Prevention, Raising Financially Fit Kids, and others.

Family Employment Assistance Program

Assistance is provided through the following:

10 Steps to a Federal Job - Systematic process to tackle the complicated web of employment with the Federal Government.

Effective Resume Writing - Learn about the various formats & content of well-written resumes.

How to Work A Job Fair – Learn to navigate the Job Fair maze with our Tips & Techniques.

Job Fairs - Information on local job fairs located throughout the National Capital Region.

Myers-Briggs Type 1 Indicator/Strong Interest Inventory - Personal assessments geared to determine personality type and interests.

The Perfect Interview Techniques - You are in the door! How will you present yourself to a potential employer? Now is the time to learn how to make a good impression and land that dream job!

Life Skills

The FFSC Education Services Facilitator offers the following education and training programs: effective communication, couples communication, stress management, anger management, suicide awareness and prevention and Myers Briggs Type Indicator training. It is our mission to ensure that active duty military members, their families and retirees 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 multiple resources to further assist them.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

The FFSC's Role in the EFMP is to provide resource referral and advocacy information for EFMP families; to assist the MTF EFMP Coordinator with identification of and enrollment information of  for EFMs; to network with community agencies; to provide information on available Educational Services, Military Health Care/TRICARE Civilian Providers, State and local Community Social Services; and to provide information on available Training and Educational Workshops.  NAS Patuxent River has been designated a Category 5 location.

Ombudsman

The FFSC Ombudsman Program supports the families and Commands through the use of a variety of marketing tools including: The Beacon - FFSC Calendar, indicating schedules of upcoming Ombudsman Basic Training.  Ombudsman Assembly meetings are held every month from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  These meetings always include an Advanced Training such as: IA Awareness, SAPR, Domestic Violence, FAP, and Suicide Awareness. Command Leadership and Command Support Team are invited to attend. Command Ombudsman attendance is mandatory, as this is where they will receive their ongoing training as required by the OPNAV 1750.1G.

Volunteers

An efficient volunteer program helps to provide optimum service to the command.  The volunteer program provides an opportunity for family members to gain valuable experience and to offer FFSC their valuable resources. The FFSC volunteer program mainly concentrates on in-house activities, which could benefit the services provided to the military community and is not to be confused with community service required by the courts. Community service is also a requirement for Graduation from public school in Maryland. The FFSC staff identifies areas of operation that would benefit from volunteer help. Volunteers may be recruited, interviewed, selected and trained to work in such areas as reception, programs, or special projects. The Family Employment Readiness Program manager (FERP) acts as the Volunteer Coordinator.  The FERP maintains written volunteer position descriptions and individual volunteer records. 

Family Counseling Services

The FFSC has Licensed Counselors available for individual, couple, group and family counseling. Counseling services at the FFSC are short term, problem focused, non medical counseling. Counseling services are available to active duty members and their families. Retirees and their family members are seen on a space available basis.

Family Advocacy Program (FAP)  

FAP is responsible for the prevention, identification, and intervention of child and domestic abuse in military families, to include intimate partners. Its primary goals are prevention, victim safety and support, rehabilitative intervention, offender accountability, and consistent, standardized response to incidents of domestic or child abuse within the Navy. FAP has a Memorandum of Understanding with local child protective services, the agency which provides the investigative function in allegations of child abuse. Prevention programs include Life Skills classes such as Anger Management and Stress Management. Another prevention program is the New Parent Support Program, offering in-home support services to new and expectant parents.

Domestic Abuse Victim Advocacy (DAVA)

The FFSC offers victim advocacy services, including but not limited to: restricted and unrestricted reporting options; safety assessment/planning; information to victims on available benefits and services; referrals to military, and civilian victim assistance services; and individual/group support programs. The DAVA is available to assist/provide command briefs on their position, FAP issues, and available resources.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program offers case management, prevention education, victim advocate services, and training classes for Victim Advocates, Command Points of Contact, Command Liaisons, Data Collection Coordinators, Command GMTs and Leadership briefs. 

The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) and the SAPR Point of Contact work to ensure Command compliance with the SAPR Policies on sexual assault. The SAPR program offers two reporting options for active duty members (1) restricted reporting i.e., confidential and (2) unrestricted reporting where an investigation is launched. The restricted reporting option is only available to active duty members; all other victims of sexual assaults will fall automatically under the unrestricted reporting option and an investigation is launched.  

New Parent Support Program 

New Parent Support (NPS) is primarily designed as a home visitation support program. It focuses as an early- intervention service to families providing education and support promoting healthy child development. Additionally, NPS is designed to specifically encourage and empower military families with skills to successfully meet the challenges of the military and parenthood. NAS Patuxent River's New Parent Support Program is coordinated by a Maternal-child specialist registered nurse (New Parent Support Home Visitor, [NPSHV]). The NPSHV provides visitation services inclusive of in-home prenatal, newborn, baby, and early childhood parenting instruction and support. In addition, the NPSHV provides hospital visitation and works along with neighboring military facilities, civilian hospitals, and community resources offering maternal-child assistances. Some of the benefits of the NPS program include: Improved preparations for parenthood through infant and young child parenting classes, in-home infant care instruction including breastfeeding, soothing a crying baby, infant massage, and safe sleep practices. NPS also presents a parent and baby/toddler interactive play group that facilitates developmental play and supportive relations amongst families. NPSHV services are for all eligible military and their families who are prenatal, have babies, or young children.

School Liaison Officer (SLO)

One of the biggest challenges each family faces during the PCS cycle is figuring out which schools are best for their children. The Navy now employs School Liaison Officers (SLOs) at each installation to aid families with their educational concerns. If you have a need for specific school information as it applies to your family, feel free to contact the NAS Patuxent River SLO at 301-995-4004 or 301-342-4911.

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