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Title: DHHS/ACF/ASPE/DOL Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Demonstration and Evaluation: Rhode Island 15-Month Survey Amendment.

OMB No.: 0970-0276.

Description: The Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Demonstration and Evaluation Project (HtE) is the most ambitious, comprehensive effort to learn what works in this area to date and is explicitly designed to build on previous and on going research by rigorously testing a wide variety of approaches to promote employment and improve family functioning and child well-being. The HtE project will “conduct a multi-site evaluation that studies the implementation issues, program design, net impact and benefit-costs of selected programs” [1] designed to help Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, former TANF recipients, or low-income parents who are hard-to-employ. The project is sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Department of labor (DOL).

The evaluation involves an experimental, random assignment design in four sites, testing a diverse set of strategies to promote employment for low-income parents who face serious obstacles to employment. The four include: (1) Intensive care management to facilitate the use of evidence-base treatment for major depression among parents receiving Medicaid in Rhode Island; (2) job-readiness training, worksite placements, job coaching, job development and other training opportunities for recent parolees in New York City; (3) pre-employment services and transitional employment for long-term TANF participants in Philadelphia; and (4) home- and center-based care, enhanced with self-sufficiency services, for low-income families who have young children or are expecting in Kansas and Missouri.

Materials for follow-up surveys for each of these sites were previously submitted to OMB and were approved on April 29, 2005. The purpose of this submission is to introduce an addition to the OMB-approved follow-up survey effort in the Rhode Island site that will be used to collect follow-up data on children's development.

The additional content we propose for the follow-up survey effort will be used to address two questions: (1) What are the effects of a telephonic care management intervention for parents' depression on parents' parenting and on children's health, behavior, and development; and (2) To what extent can intervention effects on children's development be attributed to changes in maternal depressive symptomatology that result from the intervention?

Two follow-up surveys are included in this submission:

1. A 15-month follow-up parent survey that will supplement other information already collected from parents by addressing questions about parenting and children's well-being.

2. A 15-month follow-up direct child assessment for up to two selected children of these parents. For younger children, this assessment will consist of cognitive and behavioral assessments conducted directly with the children; older children will be administered a survey, in addition to direct assessments.

Respondents: The respondents to these follow-up surveys will be low-income parents and their children from the Rhode Island site currently participating in the HtE Project. As described in the prior OMB submission, these parents are Medicaid recipients between the ages of 18 and 45 receiving Medicaid through the managed care provider United Behavioral Health (UBH) in Rhode Island who meet study criteria with regard to their risk for depression. Children are the biological, adopted, and step-children of these parents, between the ages of 1 and 18 years of age.

Prior to this follow-up survey, all parents will have completed a more detailed baseline survey, which is required to establish baseline measures of depression and related conditions, in addition to providing critical demographic data. The baseline survey was previously approved by OMB.

The annual burden estimates are detailed below, and the substantive content of each survey will be detailed in the supporting statement attached to the forthcoming 30-day notice.

Annual Burden Estimates

InstrumentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hours
RI 15-month, parent survey560145 minutes or .75 hrs420
RI 15-month, direct child assessment980145 minutes or .75 hrs735
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Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,155

In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. E-mail address: grjohnson@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection.

The Department specifically requests comments on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is 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) 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. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication.

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Dated: September 16, 2005.

Robert Sargis,

Reports Clearance Officer.

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Footnotes

1.  From the Department of Health and Human Services RFP No.: 233-01-0012.

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