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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: The Coordinating Center to Support State Incentive Grants to Build Capacity for Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion (OMB No. 0930-0271) Revision.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services has funded a Data Collection and Analysis for the Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion Grant Program. This contract is an evaluation of SAMHSA's State Incentive Grants to Build Capacity for Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion. These grants are designed to promote the implementation and evaluation of best practice approaches to reducing the use of restraint and seclusion in mental health facilities. Grantees consist of 8 sites (state mental health agencies), all of which will be implementing Start Printed Page 14993interventions in multiple facilities (a total of 21 facilities). These include facilities serving adults and those serving children and/or adolescents, with various subgroups such as forensic and sexual offender populations.

With input from multiple experts in the field of restraint and seclusion and alternatives to restraint and seclusion, the project created a common core of data collection instruments that will be used for this cross-site project. The facilities will complete three different instruments over a 3-year time period: (1) Facility/Program Characteristics Inventory (information about type of facilities, characteristics of persons served, staffing patterns, and unit specific data); (2) Inventory of Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Interventions; (3) Seclusion and Restraint Event Data Matrix (data about restraint and seclusion rates within facilities and units). Data will be submitted by the sites electronically via a secured Web site.

The Facility/Program Characteristics Inventory and Inventory of Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Intervention will be collected annually. The Seclusion and Restraint Event Data Matrix will be collected monthly.

The resulting data will help to identify the: (1) Number of programs adopting best practices involving alternative approaches to restraint and seclusion; and (2) program's impact of reducing restraint and seclusion use and adoption of alternative practices. The estimated maximal annual response burden to collect this information is as follows:

Instrument annual (hours)Number of respondentsResponses/ respondentBurden/ response (hours)Maximal burden
Facility/Program Characteristics Inventory21a 1242
Inventory of Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Interventions21b 18168
Seclusion and Restraint Event Data Matrix21c 2984,872
Total215,082
a The Facility/Program Characteristics Inventory will only be collected during for the first grant year (and not during grant years 2 and 3).
b For the Inventory of Seclusion and Restraint Interventions, one response per respondent will be collected during grant years 1 and 2. However, two responses per respondent will be collected during grant year 3.
c The Seclusion and Restraint Event Data Matrix will be collected during grant years 2 and 3. Twenty-nine responses per respondent will be collected for grant year 2. However, 18 responses per respondent will be collected during grant year 3.

Send comments to Summer King, SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer, Room 7-1044, One Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857 and e-mail her a copy at summer.king@samhsa.hhs.gov. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

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Dated: March 12, 2008.

Elaine Parry,

Acting Director, Office of Program Services.

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[FR Doc. E8-5570 Filed 3-19-08; 8:45 am]

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