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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 (240) 276-1243.

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: Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Program Annual Report (OMB No. 0930-0205)—Revision

The Center for Mental Health Services awards grants each fiscal year to each of the States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Start Printed Page 7456and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands from allotments authorized under the PATH program established by Public Law 101-645, 42 U.S.C. 290cc-21 et seq., the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1990 (section 521 et seq. of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act). Section 522 of the PHS Act requires that the grantee States and Territories must expend their payments under the Act solely for making grants to political subdivisions of the State, and to non-profit private entities (including community-based veterans' organizations and other community organizations) for the purpose of providing services specified in the Act. Available funding is allotted in accordance with the formula provision of section 524 of the PHS Act.

This submission is for a revision of the current approval of the annual grantee reporting requirements. Section 528 of the PHS Act specifies that not later than January 31 of each fiscal year, a funded entity will prepare and submit a report in such form and containing such information as is determined necessary for securing a record and description of the purposes for which amounts received under section 521 were expended during the preceding fiscal year and of the recipients of such amounts and determining whether such amounts were expended in accordance with statutory provisions.

The proposed changes to the PATH Annual Report Survey are as follows:

  • Reporting on all persons served with PATH Federal and matching State funds.

Additional Optional Questions:

Table A

  • The number of staff persons who are consumers, peer providers, or prosumers supported by PATH federal and State matching funds.

Table C

  • The number of Enrolled consumers placed into housing (Transitional, Supportive, or Permanent).
  • The number of Enrolled consumers who were assisted with successfully obtaining income benefits (SSI, SSDI, VA, etc.).
  • The number of Enrolled consumers who were assisted with successfully obtaining or increasing their earned income (employment).
  • The number of Enrolled consumers who were assisted with successfully obtaining medical insurance or coverage plans (Medicaid, Medicare, and/or state/local plans).
  • The number of Enrolled consumers who were assisted with successfully obtaining primary medical care.

The estimated annual burden for these reporting requirements is summarized in the table below.

RespondentsNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentBurden per response (hrs.)Total burden
States561261,456
Local provider agencies48013114,880
Totals50616,336

Send comments to Summer King, SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer, Room 7-1044, One Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

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Dated: February 10, 2009.

Elaine Parry,

Director, Office of Program Services.

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[FR Doc. E9-3361 Filed 2-13-09; 8:45 am]

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