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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.

Project: Adult Treatment Drug Court Cross-Site Evaluation for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)—NEW

SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is responsible for collecting data from 20 recently funded Adult Treatment Drug Court grantees and clients being served by expansion and/or enhancement grants. The main evaluation question is whether the addition of substance abuse treatment resources increases the positive results of drug courts. SAMHSA's CSAT-funded grantees are required to participate in a cross-site evaluation as a contingency of their award. Data on each drug court and their processes will be collected during three annual site visits. Some data will be obtained through courtroom observations; no questionnaire will be administered to collect observational data. Additional data will be collected through interviews with drug court personnel and focus groups and interviews with drug court clients.

CSAT requests approval for administering questionnaires to drug court personnel. CSAT also requests approval for conducting focus groups with drug court clients and administering questionnaires at 6-months post-discharge from the drug court.Start Printed Page 46203

Drug Court Team Questionnaire

This questionnaire will be administered to key drug court personnel (e.g., judge, drug court manager and treatment provider) during the three annual site visits to the drug court. This instrument consists of 15 open-ended questions, and will ask respondents about their role and involvement in the drug court process, perceptions of drug courts, and the role of treatment and coercion in drug courts (subject to OMB approval).

Drug Court Client Focus Group Questions for Guided Discussion

Focus groups will be conducted during the annual site visits to each drug court. During the focus groups, drug court clients will be asked 12 open-ended questions about their experiences in the drug court program and current efforts towards recovery. Drug court participants will be involved in focus groups on 1 to 3 occasions.

Procedural Justice Questionnaire

This instrument contains 13 items and asks drug court clients about their perceptions regarding fair treatment by the judge and drug court team during the drug court process. It is hypothesized that participants who perceive the judge and drug court team as fair will be more compliant with the drug court program, more likely to graduate, and have better substance use and criminal behavior outcomes (e.g., reduced substance use, fewer arrests). This questionnaire will be administered to drug court participants once, during the 6-month post-discharge interview.

Correctional Mental Health Screener for Women

A mental health screener for women (CMHS-W) will be administered to gather data on drug court participants' mental health. Many drug court clients have co-occurring disorders (i.e., substance use and mental health disorders). The information gathered during this portion of the in-person drug court client interviews will provide a post-discharge indicator of mental health status and will be used as a moderator variable when assessing client outcomes such as drug use and arrest. This questionnaire will be administered to drug court participants once, during the 6-month post-discharge interview. The CMHS-W contains eight questions, and six items are common between the men and women's versions of the instrument.

Correctional Mental Health Screener for Men

A mental health screener for men (CMHS-M) will be administered to gather data on drug court participants' mental health. Many drug court clients have co-occurring disorders (i.e., substance use and mental health disorders). The information gathered during this portion of the in-person drug court client interviews will provide a post-discharge indicator of mental health status and will be used as a moderator variable when assessing client outcomes such as drug use and arrest. This questionnaire will be administered to drug court participants once, during the 6-month post-discharge interview. The CMHS-M contains twelve questions and the two instruments have six items in common.

Treatment Satisfaction Index

The Treatment Satisfaction Index will ask drug court participants about their satisfaction with treatment received during the drug court program. This 19-item questionnaire will be administered to drug court participants once, during the 6-month post-discharge interview.

The estimated response burden for this data collection is provided in the table below:

Annualized Estimates of Hour Burden

Number of respondentsResponses per respondentTotal responsesHours per responseTotal hour burden
Drug court team questionnaire2403720.5120
Drug court clients focus group questions for guided discussion60016001.0600
Drug court clients—interviews8161816.5408
Procedural justice questionnaire8161816.0973
Correctional mental health screener—women4081408.0833
Correctional mental health screener—men4081408.0833
Treatment satisfaction index8161816.0865
Total1,6562,1361,128

The estimates in this table reflect the maximum burden for participation in the Adult Treatment Drug Court Cross-Site Evaluation. Burden for drug court personnel is aggregated to reflect total burden over the three-year study period. The drug court personnel questionnaire will be administered three times; once during each of three study years. Burden for the drug court clients is annualized. Focus groups and interviews are one-time events. Some drug court clients will participate in both a focus group and 6-month post-discharge interview.

Written comments and recommendations concerning the proposed information collection should be sent by October 8, 2009 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: 202-395-5806.

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Dated: August 28, 2009.

Elaine Parry,

Director, Office of Program Services.

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[FR Doc. E9-21511 Filed 9-4-09; 8:45 am]

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