Special Education/EIS

Special Education/EIS

Exceptional family member program

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is mandatory for all family members who have been identified with a special medical or educational need. Enrolling in the EFMP ensures that the family member’s medical needs will be considered during the assignment coordination process.


Birth to three years old

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires all States and territories to provide early intervention services to children from birth to age three who are developmentally delayed, or who are at high risk of being developmentally delayed. Early intervention services may be provided by local school districts or health departments. There is no common name across States for the programs, but you may hear them referred to as Part C programs (because Part C is the section of the IDEA that pertains to early intervention).

The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center provides a list of State Part C directors and funded programs at their web site. Military OneSource can identify local early intervention programs for you.

  • Parents of children who receive early intervention services should hand-carry a copy of the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and most current evaluation reports to the new location.


3 to 21 years old

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires all States and Territories to provide special education services to children who are from 3 through 21 year of age. Each local school district has a special education director, and each school should have a case study committee or school based committee (terms differ) that attends to special education students’ needs.

Parents of children receiving special education and related services should hand-carry all pertinent school and medical documents to include their children’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and current testing and evaluation reports to the new school.

The IDEA requires that if a child transfers to a district in the same state, the receiving school must provide comparable services to those in the child’s IEP from the sending district’s until the new school develops and implements a new IEP. If a child transfers to another State, the receiving district must provide comparable services to those in the child’s IEP from the sending district until the receiving district completes an evaluation and creates a new IEP.


Others who can help

Parent Training and Information Centers Each state is home to at least one Parent Training and Information Center (PTI). PTIs serve families of children and young adults from birth to age 22 with all disabilities: physical, cognitive, emotional, and learning. They help families obtain appropriate education and services for their children with disabilities; work to improve education results for all children; train and inform parents and professionals on a variety of topics; resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies; and connect children with disabilities to community resources that address their needs. The Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers provides addresses and phone number of the centers in your state.

STOMP (Specialized Training of Military Parents) is a federally funded Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center established to assist military families who have children with special education or health needs. The staff of the STOMP Project are parents of children who have disabilities and have experience in raising their children in military communities and traveling with their spouses to different locations.

Washington PAVE STOMP Project 6316 So. 12th St. Tacoma, WA 98465 253-565-2266 (v/tty) 1-800-5-PARENT (v/tty) Fax: 253-566-8052 Email


Installation specific information

Local Community Information

The Mountain Home School District provides alternative programs for those students identified according to Idaho special education standards. Each student is screened through an established formal procedure which follows the Individuals with Disabilities Act and state regulations. When a student qualifies for a program, placement is made in the least restrictive environment after alternatives have been considered. Parents are involved in each step of the process.

Our District has a wide range of programs available, which include consultative services, resource programs, and self-contained programs. The school district office has an individual on staff to assist the family with questions and concerns.

Individual cases should be referred to the Special Needs Identification and Assignment Coordination Program (SNIAC) so that all services in addition to education may be coordinated for inbound personnel. Special programs include:

  • Mentally Handicapped
  • Learning Disabled
  • Emotionally Handicapped
  • Physically Handicapped
  • Hearing Handicapped
  • Visual Handicapped
  • Multiple Handicapped
  • Homebound/Hospitalized
  • Speech and Language
  • Pre-School Handicapped

Gifted/Talented Program

A gifted/talented program is available at the elementary and secondary level for those students who qualify. Academic curriculum includes independent projects and inter-disciplinary, hands-on, high-level thinking activities. Creativity curriculum includes workshops in creative writing, art, drama, and creative challenges. Your child’s classroom teacher can provide additional information regarding this program.

Supplemental Programs

  • Title 1 (formerly Chapter 1) is a federally funded program designed to provide supplemental help in reading and/or math to low-achieving students from economically disadvantaged areas.
  • A Limited English Proficiency (LEP) program is available throughout the District for all students who qualify. For further information, call 208-587-2590 to request the LEP Program Specialist.
  • “Here’s Looking at You Two” is a complete substance abuse education curriculum that begins in kindergarten and continues through high school. The curriculum is based on the latest research and the most promising approaches in the prevention field.
  • Migrant Education is a federally funded program that provides additional services for children of families who move often for farm work.
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