EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN - HANDICAPPED AND GIFTED
Finding help for children with special needs is often difficult. Parents may consult the chaplain for
guidance and referral assistance. The military resources that are available to parents of exceptional
children include the Family Service Center, Champus Program for the Handicapped, and military
physicians. Additional community resources may include Community Chest, Community Council,
Community Planning Council, Community Services, Counseling Clinics, Counseling Services, County
Department of Health, County Mental Health Association, Family Counseling Service, Family Services,
Family Service Association, Health and Welfare Council, Information and Referral Service, Mental Health
Clinic, United Fund, or United Way.
CHILD AND FAMILY ADVOCACY PROGRAMS
The Family Advocacy Program identifies, evaluates, intervenes, treats, and prevents cases of abuse,
neglect, sexual assault, and rape of spouses and children in Navy and Marine Corps families.
BUMEDINST 6320.7 provides information regarding the Family Advocacy Program.
FAMILY AND PERSONAL ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
Personal and family enrichment activities include any service or program that helps to strengthen and
develop the lives of single service members, family members, or families as a whole. Such programs help
people to feel good about themselves and their relationships with each other. Family Service Centers
develop and/or maintain a list of the personal and family enrichment programs available within the military
and civilian communities. Several programs dealing with personal and family enrichment are Chaplains
Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO), Parent Effectiveness Training, Family Service
Association of America and Marital and Family Counseling Services.
UNITED SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
The United Service Organization (USO) provides homelike facilities in the form of recreation centers,
airport lounges, information desks at train stations, bus stations, and airports since 1941. The USO offers
lonely or homesick service members a unique opportunity to relax and meet people in the community.
Figure 2-5.Programs available to single servie members, single parents, families, and childrenContinued.
pastoral counseling and referral assistance to military
drug-dependent military personnel and their families.
members and their families who are facing problems of
Your primary role is to support and assist your
chaplain in his or her efforts to provide assistance to
military members and their families who are dealing
with substance abuse and dependency problems. Your
responsibilities will include compiling and maintaining
a current list of available Navy, government, and civilian
agencies, including promoters of needs and recovery
programs, that can provide help to alcohol- and
Your list should contain a record of the key personnel
and contacts within these agencies and programs. Also,
you should maintain a close working relationship with
these key persons.
NAVY PROGRAMS. The core elements within
the Navys alcohol and drug dependency program are
the Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NADAP),
the Navy Alcohol Safety Action Program (NASAP), and
the Civilian Employment Assistance Program (CEAP).