Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP)

The Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP) was mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act (FY07/Section 675) for "the purpose of providing assistance to families of members of the Armed Forces."

The California JFSAP's mission is to provide mobile, high-quality family services whose primary focus is on geographically dispersed military families. The JFSAP's goals are to increase awareness of existing services; inform leadership and service providers about range and access to services; provide education and training opportunities for service members and their families, and provide child development resources and referrals.

The California JFSAP has gathered a community of specialists to achieve these goals:

American Red Cross Service to Military Families
Military OneSource Consultants
Transition Assistance Advisors
Military Family Life Consultants

American Red Cross Service to Military Families
Clark Swenson: (916) 993-7053 or SwensonC@usa.redcross.org
In coordination with the California JFSAP, the American Red Cross assists members of the Reserve and National Guard with emergency communication assistance, access to financial assistance, casualty travel assistance, and various training.

Military OneSource Consultants
Julie Baumgartner: (916) 217-5197 or Julie.baumgartner@militaryonesource.com (N. California) or Jessica Welchel: (714) 519-1321 or Jessica-Rallis@militaryonesource.com (S. California)
The Military OneSource Consultants are the regional experts on available resources throughout California. They support all phases of the deployment cycle for the Reserves and National Guard units throughout the state and build on community capacity networking. The consultants can connect service members, recently separated veterans and their families to local, state and county resources.

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Transition Assistance Advisors
Horst Laube: (916) 854-3315
Nicole Townsend: (916) 826-6549
The California JFSAP Transition Assistance Advisors are the resident experts on transitioning from military life to civilian life. They assist service members, recently separated veterans and their families in accessing both Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs benefits, as well as assisting in identifying resources for unmet needs. They also act as a conduit between veterans'agencies and County Veterans Service Officers.

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Military Family Life Consultants
Bill Genthe: (916) 533-3719 or William.F.Genthe@mhn.com
The Military Family Life Consultants support the California JFSAP by providing short-term, situational, problem-solving counseling for service members and their families. They provide psycho-educational presentations addressing life skills and military lifestyle topics for units going through the phases of mobilization/demobilization and reintegration, and assist in building community capacities.

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