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Title: Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) Program Data Collection.

OMB No.: New Collection.

Description: On September 30, 2007, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Children's Bureau, awarded multi-year grants to 53 regional partnership grantees (RPG5) to improve the safety, permanency and well-being of children affected by methamphetamine or other substance abuse who have been removed or are at-risk of removal from their homes. The Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006, the authorizing legislation for the RPG program, required that a set of performance indicators be established to periodically assess the grantees' progress on achieving outcomes. The legislation mandated that these performance indicators be developed through a consultative process involving ACS, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and representatives of the State or Tribal agencies who are members of the regional partnerships.

The final set of RPG performance indicators was approved by ACS and disseminated to the funded grantees in January 2008. It includes a total of 23 indicators across four outcome domains: Child/youth (9 indicators), adult (7 indicators), family/relationship (5 indicators), and regional partnership/service capacity (2 indicators). It also includes a core set of child and adult demographic elements that will provide important context needed to properly analyze, explain and understand the outcomes. No other national data collection measures these critical child, adult, family, and RPG outcomes specifically for these children and families. The data also will have significant implications for policy and program development for child well-being programs nationwide.

To minimize reporting burden, many of the data elements are already being collected by counties and States in order to report Federally mandated data for the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) and the National Outcome Measures (NOMs); in addition, all States voluntarily submit data for the Federal National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). Therefore, most child welfare data elements included in the RPG performance measures can be found in a State's automated case management system, which is often a Federally funded Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS). If the State elects to implement a SACWIS, the system is expected to be a comprehensive automated case management tool that meets the needs of all staff involved in foster care and adoption case management. A SACWIS is required to support reporting of data to AFCARS semi-annually, and annually to NCANDS. AFCARS reports information on all children in foster care, while NCANDS reports information on State child maltreatment reports. TEDS admission and discharge data are collected by State substance abuse agencies according to their own information systems for monitoring substance abuse treatment admissions and transmitted monthly or quarterly to the SAMHSA contractor.

As a result of prior Federal government reporting requirements, States are already collecting several data elements needed by the RPGs. The RPGs can download information from these existing systems to obtain data to monitor their program outcomes, thereby reducing the amount of primary data collection needed.

Beginning in year two, grantees will submit a data file with their required indicator data, according to their final set of indicators, every six months.

Respondents: RPG Grantees.

 Annual Burden Estimates

InstrumentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hours
State, local, or Tribal Government312175.5010,881
Private Sector222175.507,722

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 18,603.

In compliance with the requirements of Section 506(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: infocollection@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: August 18, 2008.

Janean Chambers,

Reports Clearance, Officer.

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[FR Doc. E8-19562 Filed 8-25-08; 8:45 am]

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