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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 of 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: Administration and Financing of Group Homes and Residential Facilities for Persons with Mental Illness—New—The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will conduct a survey of state health officials to determine what types of residential care programs for persons with mental illness are operated in each State and the District of Columbia. The state health officials will be identified through Web searches of State Mental Health Departments and other relevant agencies on a state-by-state basis.

The survey will contact identified state health officials in all fifty states Start Printed Page 24750(and the District of Columbia) and will gather information on the following six survey domains: Facility characteristics (for approximately five different types of group homes); Licensing and certification; Facility programs and treatment services; Seclusion and restraint; Facility monitoring and oversight; and, Financing.

The survey will identify and describe the types of residential facilities for persons with mental illness that are licensed, certified, and/or financed by State governments; the target population served by each facility type; the range of services provided in each facility type; provisions for monitoring each facility type, including the use of seclusion and restraints; and, sources of financing for each facility type.

This information collection supports the New Freedom Initiative, one of SAMHSA's current priorities. The New Freedom Initiative is the President's comprehensive plan to reduce barriers to full community integration for people with disabilities. The national survey will provide new information to SAMHSA and to other policymakers regarding the ways in which group homes and other types of residential facilities for adults, adolescents, and children with mental illness are established, regulated, and financed.

The questionnaire will be distributed to identified state health officials in electronic and/or paper formats. State health officials may either return the completed questionnaire via email or regular mail or request a telephone interview. In addition, respondents who do not return a completed paper questionnaire will be contacted and interviewed by telephone.

Estimates of Annualized Hour Burden

Number of respondentsResponses per respondentHours per responseTotal hour burden
25511255

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: May 2, 2003.

Richard Kopanda,

Executive Officer, SAMHSA.

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[FR Doc. 03-11420 Filed 5-7-03; 8:45 am]

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