Don’t let the “Fleet” in our name fool you – the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) is here for all branches of service. The FFSC, located on the first floor in Building 11, offers helpful programs and professional services to assist you in meeting the unique challenges of military life. Active duty military, wounded warriors, dependents, retirees, reservists, and DOD civilians (some exceptions may apply) are eligible to participate in programs. FFSC can be reached at 301-319-4087 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER
The School Liaison Officer (SLO) serves as the liaison between the installation commander, military agencies and schools by providing assistance in matters pertaining to student education. The SLO makes recommendations in order to ensure military families have access to quality educational opportunities.
The SLO can assist parent and students with valuable information and assistance with relocation, both inbound and outbound. They provide information on local schools, curriculum, graduation requirements and referrals to various appropriate military and civilian agencies. The SLO also assists home-schooled students with information on curriculum standards, issues, policies and state requirements and much more.
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL
The Information and Referral (I&R) program is a one-stop referral center staffed with trained specialists to help service members and their families locate and access services that they want and need within the local military and civilian community.
TRANSITION AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
The Navy Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP) and the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program (previously ACAP) have joined together to offer comprehensive transition and employment services for all branches of service. Whether you are deciding your military career goals, retiring or separating, the FFSC can assist with your transition from military life to the civilian world. Our trained transition professionals can assist with employment, resume writing, interview prep, benefits (current and veteran), relocation, job databases, job fair schedules, employer networking, hiring events, financial planning, compressive individualized career assessments utilizing MBTI aptitude testing and much, much more. Are you separating or retiring from the military soon? The FFSC, in partnership with the Department of Labor, Veteran’s Benefits Association and other community partners, hosts the Transition Goal Plan Success seminars (TGPS), previously known as Transition
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TAP) EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP
Service members who are planning to leave the military or retire are encouraged to take advantage of all the services offered through their FFSC at no cost. Spouses and civilians are also welcome to participate.
FAMILY EMPLOYMENT READINESS PROGRAM
Most military spouses work. It can be challenging to maintain a career while transferring to new duty stations with your service member. The goal of the Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP) is to help you learn how to get a job and maintain a career as a military family member. Family employment specialists help family members make career decisions, develop employment search skills, assist with resume writing, career planning, networking, interviewing and provide civilian and federal employment information and resources.
PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING
The FFSC provides financial education, training and individualized counseling that emphasize long-term financial responsibility. Learn about budgeting, home buying, checkbook management, and financial issues related to deployment. Financial specialists assist service members and families to develop spending plans and provide valuable investment information.
RELOCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Whether you are expecting orders for an overseas tour or changing home ports, the FFSC can help service members and families prepare. Relocation specialists offer one-on-one assistance helping with information about personal property entitlements, travel pay and allowances, obtaining details about the new home port such as housing, cost of living, schools and child care opportunities. Relocation specialists can also assist with planning your overseas move, including passport and visa requirements.
Concerned about how you or your family will adjust during periods of separation? The FFSC plays a key role in assisting service members and families before, during and after deployment. The program is designed to help service members and their families successfully manage the challenges of deployment (separation) by helping them to better anticipate and understand the physical and emotional demands associated with deployment.
LIFE SKILLS EDUCATION
Having problems communicating with your spouse, adjusting to parenthood or managing stress? The FFSC provides solution-oriented programs to develop knowledge and social skills to enhance self-esteem and interpersonal relations. In addition to individual and group counseling, the FFSC provides anger management, couples communication, parenting, stress management, suicide awareness, domestic violence/child abuse prevention and identification training, conflict resolution, team building, and much, much more. Life skills classes and training are offered both on-site at the FFSC and at command locations on request.
NEW PARENT SUPPORT (NPSP)
This is a voluntary early intervention program for expecting and new parents. The key component is home visitation. It is designed to promote healthy family functioning, child development and positive parent-child interactions. New Parent Support nurses offer prenatal and postnatal education and support, developmental screening and assistance in accessing military and community resources. NPSP also offers infant massage workshops and family play groups.
COUNSELING AND ADVOCACY PROGRAM (CAP)
The CAP, at FFSC has two components: Clinical Counseling and Family Advocacy Program (FAP). Clinical Counseling is individual, marriage or family counseling provided by a licensed professional, at no cost to the service member. The counseling is short-term, non-medical, and goal directed, FFSC counseling focuses on emotional reactions and situational difficulties such as: depression, troubled relationships, or family issues, which can result from deployments, separations, relocations and other stresses common to military life. Family Advocacy is a proactive program which provides for the education, prevention, and treatment of family violence. The FAP staff seeks to prevent violence, abuse and neglect in families and intervenes protecting vulnerable parties if it does occur. Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVA) services are also available.
SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE (SAPR)
The SAPR program on NSAB is a Joint Services program. Victim response is available 24/7 regardless of service affiliation. The program provides crisis intervention, advocacy and support for victims of sexual assault. SAPR aims to reduce the incidence of sexual assault through prevention, education and training. The FFSC provides ongoing training and support for senior leaders, SAPR victim advocates, data collection coordinators, command liaisons and assists commands with the mandatory annual Sexual Assault Prevention GMTs. Contact the SAPR Office at 301-319-4087 or after hours at 301- 442-2053. If you are a victim of sexual assault call 301-442-8225 or the Safe Helpline 1-877-995-5247.
SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE (SAPR)
Crisis Response is the quick response provided for commands, personnel and families when they are faced with crisis situations, ranging from sexual assault or loss of life to natural disaster, mass casualties, evacuation, repatriation and mobilization or war. In the midst or aftermath of an incident, the FFSC provides command consultation, crisis intervention, coordination of support, resources and volunteers, 24-hour information and referral, critical incident stress debriefing, and follow-on counseling or referral services.