Marine & Family Programs is dedicated to helping Marines and their family members in the National Capital Region with information, workshops, counseling and other quality of life programs. Services are offered on-site at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, the Pentagon, and at other Marine commands and units located throughout the National Capital Regionto better serve Marines and their family members stationed at those locations. Marine & Family Programs offices are open Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional information, please call 703-614-7200/1 or visit us on the web at www.mccsHH.com.
Community Counseling Center, Family Advocacy, Prevention & Education, Intervention & Treatment Programs
The National Capital Region is a fast-paced, congested area with a high cost of living. As a result, Marines and their families may experience stressors related to transitions to new working environments, neighborhoods, schools, or post-deployment impact on relationships and family communication. Licensed mental health professionals are available to assist families, couples and individuals with the stress associated with adjusting to their new environment. Relationship and interpersonal problems and other non-medical concerns are addressed in short-term individual, marital and family counseling and prevention & education workshops. The program also includes crisis intervention, domestic abuse and child abuse intervention, victim advocacy, information on transitional compensation for victims of domestic violence, command briefings, and treatment groups to address issues related to spouse and child maltreatment. For additional information, please call 703-614-7204. Victim Advocate services are available 24/7 via the Domestic Violence Hotline at 703-693-6611.
Education & Career Services
Education & Career Services provides adult education opportunities and services for active duty and reserve component Marines and their families. Programs and services include academic and military education benefits guidance counseling (TA and GI Bill), the Joint Services Transcript (JST), and academic and military testing. Programs such as the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP), Online Academic Skills Course (OASC), Marine Corps Credentialing On Line (COOL), and the Leadership Scholar Program (LSP) are also available for active duty service members. Representatives from seven colleges and universities keep office hours at the center for information, academic counseling, creating degree plans, and course registration. Please call 703-614-9104 for additional information.
Exceptional Family Member Program
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) offers assistance to military family members with long-term health issues or special education needs before, during, and after relocation. The EFMP staff provides information on medical and educational resources, DoD EFMP enrollment, advocacy, local workshops, and support groups. The EFMP Respite Care Reimbursement Program provides subsidized respite care for eligible EFMP families (level of need 3 & 4). For additional information, please call 703-693-6368/5353/7195.
Information and Referral Program
The Information and Referral Program provides information and referral to resources in the military and civilian communities. Brochures, flyers, and guides are available on such topics as TRICARE (medical and dental), Military One Source, USO, active duty benefits, veterans’ benefits, commuting, food stamps, immigration, and more. Relocation assistance such as Permanent Change of Station workshops, a monthly “Welcome Aboard”orientation with a tour of Washington, D.C. and the local area are also provided. Personalized welcome aboard packages may be requested as well as information on schools, housing, Set- Aside Program, county and state resources, and military bases worldwide. For additional information, please call 703-693-5197. The I&R Program Specialist is located in the Pentagon in Room 4A524 but can arrange meetings at Henderson Hall.
Marine Corps Family Team Building
Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB) supports four family readiness programs: Family Readiness Training which supports the Unit Personal and Family Readiness Programs; Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills (L.I.N.K.S.) workshops for spouses, children, Marines and extended family members; LifeSkills, which includes workshops on Family Care Plans, leadership, communication, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Military Families® and 7-Habits of Highly Effective People® Foundations; Deployment Support Programs/Return & Reunion briefs. For additional information, please call 703-693-4840.
New Parent Support Program
The New Parent Support Program (NPSP) is a resource for parents with children up to five years old. Staff members are licensed mental health professionals who provide home visitation services, nurturing parenting, and other parent education classes for Marines and their families. Baby Boot Camp, a hands-on, one-day class for expectant parents in their third trimester, is offered monthly. In addition, we regularly offer 1-2-3 Magic™, a discipline program for parents of children 2 to 12, and a four-hour Cooperative Parenting workshop for separating and divorcing parents. For additional information, please call 703-614-7204.
Personal Financial Management Program
The Personal Financial Management Program provides education, counseling, information and referral support on the full range of personal financial management topics. Assistance and classes are available on core topics to include: income, expenses, savings, credit management, insurance, consumer issues, car buying, home buying, educational funding, investments, and retirement planning. For additional information, please call 703-614-6950.
School Liaison Program
The mission of the USMC School Liaison Program is to identify and coordinate community resources to reduce the impact of the mobile military lifestyle on military school-age (K-12) children and families; to implement predictable support services that assist children/youth with relocations, life transitions, and achieving academic success; and to provide a wide range of resources that facilitate school transitions to parents, students, schools, commanders, and communities. Services include K-12 transition support for inbound/outbound families; information, resource and referral for educational resources; information on the Interstate Compact for the Education of Military Children; post-secondary preparation including SAT/ACT prep, scholarships and financial aid; kindergarten registration; home school linkage and support; and managing MCCS Henderson Hall’s Partner in Education Program. For additional information, please call 703-693-8378.
Substance Abuse Combat Center
The Substance Abuse Combat Center (SACC) stresses the prevention of substance abuse/misuse. Operating on the premise that prevention is the key, SACC facilitates consistent adherence to the Commandant of the Marine Corps policy guidance, which states that because substance abuse/misuse undermines Marines’ performance and is contrary to the Marine Corps mission, it will not be tolerated. SACC seeks to facilitate a positive command climate along with promotion of unit activities that are conducive to a reduction in substance abuse/misuse related incidents. Key elements in this effort include edgy, multi-faceted prevention oriented training leading to timely intervention, referral and treatment. These efforts are supported by appropriate command- directed discipline, followed ultimately by restoration to full duty or separation from the service as appropriate. SACC provides prevention training, classes, SACO/UPC training and outreach, and such direct services as screenings, assessments, referrals, outpatient treatment, and aftercare. For more information, please contact your unit SACO or call SACC at 703-614-8962.
Transition & Family Member Employment Assistance Program
Transition & Family Member Employment Assistance offers support for transitioning service members and their families. Services include transition and personal readiness seminars, capstone screenings, career and education fairs, individual career counseling, skills assessment, Individual Transition Plan (ITP) development, résumé review, federal application process assistance, and a career resource library. Personal Readiness Seminars are administered by Personal & Professional Development (P&PD) Branch staff, and is required for all Marines at their first permanent duty station. Transition Readiness Seminars (TRS), also administered by P&PD staff, as well as the U.S. Department of Labor, provide information on benefits and entitlements available upon separation/retirement from active military service and all matters relevant to employment readiness for transitioning service members and their spouses. The Family Member Employment Assistance Program is designed to meet the unique needs of the military spouse and other family members in seeking portable careers. Career fairs are held twice a year. For additional information, please call 703-614-6828.