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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 concerning opportunity for public comment on proposed collections of information, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the information collection plans, call the SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer on (301) 443-7978.

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collections of information are necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection Start Printed Page 19579of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Proposed Project: Opioid Drugs in Maintenance and Detoxification Treatment of Opioid Dependence—42 CFR part 8 (OMB No. 0930-0206, Revision)—This regulation establishes a certification program managed by SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). The regulation requires that Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) be certified. “Certification” is the process by which SAMHSA determines that an OTP is qualified to provide opioid treatment under the Federal opioid treatment standards established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. To become certified, an OTP must be accredited by a SAMHSA-approved accreditation body. The regulation also provides standards for such services as individualized treatment planning, increased medical supervision, and assessment of patient outcomes. This submission will seek continued approval of the information collection requirements in the regulation and of three forms used in implementing the regulation.

SAMHSA currently has approval for the Application for Certification to Use Opioid Drugs in a Treatment Program Under 42 CFR 8.11 (Form SMA-162) and the Application for Approval as Accreditation Body Under 42 CFR 8.3(b) (Form SMA-163). SAMHSA plans to also seek approval of a new form that has been developed at the request of the treatment field, the Exception Request and Record of Justification Under 42 CFR 8.12 (Form SMA-168), which may be used on a voluntary basis by physicians when there is a patient care situation in which the physician must make a treatment decision that differs from the treatment regimen required by the regulation. This is a simplified, standardized form to facilitate the documentation, request, and approval process for exceptions. The tables that follow summarize the annual reporting burden associated with the regulation, including burden associated with the forms.

Estimated Annual Reporting Requirement Burden for Accreditation Bodies

42 CFR citationPurposeNumber of respondentsResponses/ respondentHours/ responseTotal hours
8.3(b)(1-11)Initial approval (SMA-163)313.09.0
8.3(c)Renewal of approval (SMA-163)211.02.0
8.3(e)Relinquishment notification110.50.5
8.3(f)(2)Non-renewal notification to accredited OTP's1900.19.0
8.4(b)(1)(ii)Notification to SAMHSA for seriously noncompliant programs221.04.0
8.4(b)(1)(iii)Notification to OTP for serious noncompliance221.04.0
8.4(d)(1)General documents and information to SAMHSA upon request740.514.0
8.4(d)(2)Accreditation survey to SAMHSA upon request7500.027.0
8.4(d)(3)List of surveys, surveyors to SAMHSA upon request760.28.4
8.4(d)(4)Report of less than full accreditation to SAMHSA72.50.58.75
8.4(d)(5)Summaries of Inspections7500.5175.0
8.4(e)Notifications of Complaints750.517.5
8.6(a)(2) and (b)(3)Revocation notification to Accredited OTP's1500.315.0
8.6(b)Submission of 90-day Corrective plan to SAMHSA111010.0
8.6(b)(1)Notification to accredited OTP's of Probationary Status1500.315.0
Total10299

Estimated Annual Reporting Requirement Burden for Opioid Treatment Programs

42 CFR CitationPurposeNumber of respondentsResponses/ respondentHours/ responseTotal hours
8.11(b)New programs approval (SMA-162)7511.50112.50
8.11(b)Renewal of approval (SMA-162)35011.00350.00
8.11(b)Relocation of Program (SMA-162)3511.1740.95
8.11(d)Application for transitional certification (SMA-162)*711.5811.06
8.11(e)(1)Application for provisional certification751175.00
8.11(e)(2)Application for extension of provisional certification301.257.50
8.11(f)(5)Notification of sponsor or medical director change (SMA-162)601.212.00
8.11(g)(2)Documentation to SAMHSA for interim maintenance1111.00
8.11(h)Request to SAMHSA for Exemption from 8.11 and 8.12 (SMA-168)8003.4171000.80
8.11(i)(1)Notification to SAMHSA Before Establishing Medication Units (SMA-162)31.25.75
8.12(j)(2)Notification to State Health Officer When Patient Begins Interim Maintenance120.336.6
8.24Contents of Appellant Request for Review of Suspension21.25.50
8.25(a)Informal Review Request211.002.00
8.26(a)Appellant's Review File and Written Statement215.0010.00
8.28(a)Appellant's Request for Expedited Review211.002.00
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8.28 (c)Appellant Review File and Written Statement215.0010.00
Total1,1001,643
* This is a one-time requirement that will be fully met during the first three years of approval for the final rule.

SAMHSA believes that the recordkeeping requirements in the regulation are customary and usual practices within the medical and rehabilitative communities and has not calculated a response burden for them. The recordkeeping requirements set forth in 42 CFR 8.4, 8.11 and 8.12 include maintenance of the following: 5-year retention by accreditation bodies of certain records pertaining to accreditation; documentation by an OTP of the following: a patient's medical examination when admitted to treatment, a patient's history, a treatment plan, any prenatal support provided the patient, justification of unusually large initial doses, changes in a patient's dosage schedule, justification of unusually large daily doses, the rationale for decreasing a patient's clinic attendance, and documentation of physiologic dependence.

The rule also includes requirements that OTPs and accreditation organizations disclose information. For example, 42 CFR 8.12(e)(1) requires that a physician explain the facts concerning the use of opioid drug treatment to each patient. This type of disclosure is considered to be consistent with the common medical practice and is not considered an additional burden. Further, the rule requires, under § 8.4(i)(1) that accreditation organizations shall make public their fee structure; this type of disclosure is standard business practice and is not considered a burden.

Send comments to Nancy Pearce, SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer, Room 16-105, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice

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Dated: April 16, 2002.

Richard Kopanda,

Executive Officer, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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[FR Doc. 02-9725 Filed 4-19-02; 8:45 am]

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