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Periodically, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will publish a summary of information collection requests under OMB review, in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). To request a copy of these documents, call the SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer on (240) 276-1243.

Proposed Project: Toolkit Protocol for the Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP)—NEW

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) will create a toolkit to be used for the purposes of collecting data on the Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP). The CCP provides supplemental funding to states and territories for individual and community crisis intervention services during a federal disaster.

The CCP has provided disaster mental health services to millions of disaster survivors since its inception and, as a result of 30 years of accumulated expertise, it has become an important model for Federal response to a variety of catastrophic events. State CCPs, such as Project HOPE (after Hurricane Floyd in North Carolina), Project Heartland (in Oklahoma City after the Murrah Federal Building bombing), Project Liberty (in New York after 9/11), and Project Outreach for Recovery (after the Rhode Island nightclub fire) have primarily addressed the short-term mental health needs of communities through (a) outreach and public education, (b) individual and group counseling, and (c) referral. Outreach and public education serve primarily to normalize reactions and to engage people who might need further care. Crisis counseling assists survivors to cope with current stress and symptoms in order to return to predisaster functioning. Crisis counseling relies largely on “active listening,” and crisis counselors also provide psycho-education (especially about the nature of responses to trauma) and help clients build coping skills. Crisis counseling typically continues no more than a few times. Because crisis counseling is time-limited, referral is the third important functions of CCPs. Counselors are expected to refer clients to formal treatment if the person has developed more serious psychiatric problems.

Data about services delivered and users of services will be collected throughout the program period. The data will be collected via the use of a toolkit that relies on standardized forms. At the program level, the data will be entered quickly and easily into a cumulative database to yield summary tables for quarterly and final reports for the program. SAMHSA has confirmed the feasibility of using scanable forms for most purposes. Because the data will be collected in a consistent way from all programs, they can be uploaded into an ongoing national database that likewise provides CMHS with a way of producing summary reports of services provided across all programs funded.

The components of the tool kit are listed and described below:

  • Encounter logs. These forms will document all services provided. Completion of these logs will be required by the crisis counselors. There will be three types of encounter logs: (1) Individual Crisis Counseling Services Encounter Log; (2) Group Encounter Log; and (3) Weekly Tally Sheet.

◦ Individual Crisis Counseling Services Encounter Log. Crisis counseling is defined as an interaction that lasts at least 15 minutes and involves participant disclosure. This form will be completed by the Crisis Counselor for each service recipient, defined as the person or persons who actively participated in the session (e.g., by verbally participating), not someone who is merely present. For families, crisis counselors will complete separate forms for all family members who are actively engaged in the visit. Information to be collected includes demographics, service characteristics, risk factors, and referral data.

◦ Group Encounter Log. This form will be used to identify either a group crisis counseling encounter or a group public education encounter. A check at the top will identify the class of activities (i.e., counseling or education). This form will be completed by the Crisis Counselor for each group encounter. Information to be collected includes services characteristics, group identity and characteristics, and group activities.

◦ Weekly Tally Sheet. This form will document brief educational and supportive encounters not captured on any other form. Information to be collected will include service characteristics, daily tallies and weekly totals for brief educational or supportive contacts and material distribution with no or minimal interaction.

  • Assessment and Referral Tool. This tool will provide descriptive information about intense users of services, defined as all individuals receiving a third or fifth individual crisis counseling visit. This tool will be used beginning three months postdisaster and will be completed by the crisis counselor for each individual who accesses individual crisis counseling a third or fifth time.
  • Participant Feedback. These surveys will be completed by and collected from a sample of service recipients, not every recipient. A time sampling approach (e.g., soliciting participation from all counseling encounters one week per quarter) will be used. Information to be collected includes satisfaction with services, perceived improvements in self-functioning, types of exposure, and event reactions.
  • CCP Service Provider Feedback. These surveys will be completed by and collected from the CCP service providers anonymously at six months and one year postevent. The survey will be coded on several program-level as well as worker-level variables. However, the program itself will be identified and shared with program management only if the number of individual workers is greater than 20. Start Printed Page 38969

Estimates of Annualized Hour Burden

FormNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentsHours per responsesTotal hour burden
Individual Crisis Counseling Services Encounter Log7,5001.03225
Group Encounter Log Form4,0001.03120
Weekly Tally Sheet4,0001.08320
Assessment & Referral Tool1001.088
Participant Feedback1,0001.0660
CCP Service Provider Feedback1001.088

Written comments and recommendations concerning the proposed information collection should be sent by August 5, 2005, to: SAMHSA Desk Officer, Human Resources and Housing Branch, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503; due to potential delays in OMB's receipt and processing of mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service, respondents are encouraged to submit comments by fax to: 202-395-6974.

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Dated: June 29, 2005.

Patricia S. Bransford,

Acting Executive Officer, SAMHSA.

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[FR Doc. 05-13238 Filed 7-5-05; 8:45 am]