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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 (SAMHSA) 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: Cross-Site Evaluation of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Programs (OMB No. 0930-0286)—Revision

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) will continue to conduct the cross-site evaluation of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention State/Tribal Programs and Start Printed Page 7601the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Youth Suicide Prevention Campus Programs. The data collected through the cross-site evaluation addresses four stages of program activity: (1) The context stage includes a review of program plans, such as grantee's target population, target region, service delivery mechanisms, service delivery setting, types of program activities to be funded and evaluation activities; (2) the product stage describes the prevention strategies that are developed and utilized by grantees; (3) the process stage assesses progress on key activities and milestones related to implementation of program plans; and (4) the impact stage assesses the impact of the program on early identification, referral for services and service follow up of youth at risk.

Additionally, to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the integration of community-based behavioral health services with services provided by college or university campuses, SAMHSA will conduct case studies of four exemplary Campus suicide prevention programs. Currently, case studies of two campus grantees are underway. The goal of the Campus Case Studies is to understand how a public health approach is successfully applied as a model for campus suicide prevention efforts, and will explore, in a systematic manner: The suicide prevention related infrastructures and supports (e.g., clinical and non-clinical) that exist on selected GLS-funded campuses; the various student-level factors that are related to suicide prevention efforts (e.g., protective factors, coping strategies, social norms, and facilitators and barriers to student access and receipt of behavioral healthcare); campus interdepartmental collaboration and the relationship between various efforts to promote student mental health and wellness; and the extent to which the campus infrastructures and supports promote and address these factors.

To date, 86 State/Tribal grants and 93 Campus grants have participated in the cross-site evaluation, since FY2007. Currently, 48 State/Tribal grants and 38 Campus grants are participating in the cross-site evaluation. Data will continue to be collected from suicide prevention program staff (e.g., project directors, evaluators), key program stakeholders (e.g., state/local officials, child-serving agency directors, gatekeepers, mental health providers, and campus administrators), training participants, college students, and campus faculty/staff through FY2012.

Since the State/Tribal grantees differ from the campus grantees in programmatic approaches, specific data collection activities also vary by type of program. The following describes the specific data collection activities and data collection instruments to be used across State/Tribal and Campus grantees for the cross-site evaluation and the specific data collection instruments to be used by selected Campus grantees for the Campus Case Studies. While most of the data collection instruments described below are revised versions of instruments that have previously received OMB approval (OMB No. 0930-0286 with Expiration Date: May 2010) and are currently in use, the Training Utilization and Preservation—Survey (TUP-S) for State/Tribal grantees and the Training Exit Survey for Campus grantees (TES-C) are proposed as new instruments. The addition of these two new data collection activities, the inclusion of the Campus Case studies, and the revised estimate for number trained per site has increased the burden associated with the cross-site evaluation. A summary table of number of respondents and respondent burden has also been included.

Data Collection Activities for State/Tribal Grantees

For State/Tribal grantees, the Prevention Strategies Inventory State/Tribal (PSI-ST), Training Exit Survey State/Tribal (TES-ST), Referral Network Survey (RNS) and Training Utilization and Preservation—Interview (TUP-I) described below are revised versions of instruments that previously received OMB approval (OMB No. 0930-0286 with Expiration Date: May 2010) and are currently in use. The Training Exit Survey—Cover Page State/Tribal (TES-CP-ST), Early Identification, Referral and Follow up Aggregate Screening Form (EIRF-S) and the Early Identification, Referral and Follow up Analysis (EIRF) are data abstraction activities utilizing existing data sources. The Training Utilization and Preservation—Survey (TUP-S) is proposed as a new data collection instrument.

  • Prevention Strategies Inventory-State/Tribal (PSI-ST)—Revised. The Prevention Strategies Inventory will collect information on the suicide prevention strategies that grantees have developed and utilized. Prevention strategies include outreach and awareness, gatekeeper training, assessment and referral training for mental health professionals and hotline staff, lifeskills development programs, screening programs, hotlines and helplines, means restriction, policies and protocols for intervention and postvention, coalitions and partnerships, and direct services and traditional healing practices. Baseline data will be collected from the State/Tribal grantees at the beginning of their grant cycle. Thereafter, they will complete the PSI-ST on a quarterly basis over the duration of their grant period. Baseline data will be collected on information on the types of prevention strategies grantees have developed and utilized, and the follow-up data collection asks the grantees to update the information they have provided on a quarterly basis over the period of the grant. On average, 48 State/Tribal grantees will fill out the PSI-ST per year. One respondent from each site will be responsible for completing the survey. The survey will take approximately 45 minutes; however, the number of products, services and activities implemented under each strategy will determine the number of items each respondent will complete. The PSI-ST primarily has multiple choice questions with several open-ended questions.
  • Training Exit Survey State-Tribal Version (TES-ST)—Revised. The TES-ST will be administered to all participants in suicide prevention training activities immediately following their training experience in order to assess the content of the training, the participants' intended use of the skills and knowledge learned and satisfaction with the training experience. The survey will also contain modules with questions tailored to specific types of training. It is estimated that approximately 94,848 trainees per year will respond to the TES-ST. The questions on the TES-ST are multiple-choice, Likert-scale, and open-ended. The survey includes about 33 items and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
  • Training Exit Survey Cover Page State/Tribal Version (TES-CP-ST)—Revised. State and Tribal grantees are required to report aggregate training participant information for all training conducted as part of their suicide prevention programs. These data are aggregated from existing data sources, some of which are attendance sheets, management information systems, etc. Grantees are responsible for aggregating these data and submitting to the cross-site evaluation team using the TES-CP-ST on a quarterly basis. It is estimated that abstracting this information will take 25 minutes.
  • Training Utilization and Preservation Survey (TUP-S)—New. The Training Utilization and Preservation Survey (TUP-S) is a quantitative, computer-assisted telephone interview that will be Start Printed Page 7602administered to a random sample of trainees two months following the training. The TUP-S will assess trainee knowledge retention and gatekeeper behavior, particularly behavior related to identifying youth at risk. The TUP-S will ask trainees to provide demographic information about individuals they have identified at risk, information about the subsequent referrals or supports provided by the trainee, and any available information about services accessed by the at-risk individual. An average of 2,000 participants per year will be sampled. The TUP-S includes 26 items and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
  • Training Utilization and Preservation Key Informant Interview (TUP-I)—Revised. The TUP-I is a qualitative follow-up interview that is targeted towards locally developed and understudied standardized training curricula as well as towards particular understudied gatekeeper trainee populations. The TUP-I will be administered to respondents two months following the training experience to assess whether the suicide prevention knowledge, skills or techniques learned through training were utilized and had an impact on youth. On average, the TUP-I will be administered to 100 respondents per year. The interviews are semistructured and open ended. The TUP-I includes 22 items and will take approximately 40 minutes to complete.
  • Referral Network Survey (RNS)—Revised. The Referral Network Survey (RNS) will be administered to representatives of youth-serving organizations or agencies that form referral networks supporting youth identified at risk. The RNS examines how collaboration and integration are used for sharing and transferring knowledge, resources, and technology among State/Tribal Program agencies and organizational stakeholders, how these networks influence referral mechanisms and service availability, policies and protocols regarding follow-up for youths who have attempted suicide and who are at risk for suicide, and access to electronic databases. Most State/Tribal grantees will select a single referral network for this survey, the average size of the network is 11 agencies/organizations and there will be 2 respondents per agency. The RNS will be administered to referral networks on an annual basis over the period of the grant. On average, 1,056 respondents per year will complete the RNS. Questions on the RNS are multiple-choice, Likert-scale, and open-ended. The RNS includes 28 items and will take approximately 40 minutes to complete.
  • Early Identification, Referral and Follow up Aggregate Screening Form (EIRF-S)—State/Tribal grantees are also required to report aggregate screening information for all youth screened as part of their suicide prevention programs. These data are aggregated from existing data sources. Grantees are responsible for aggregating these data and submitting to the cross-site evaluation team using the Early Identification, Referral and Follow up Aggregate Screening Form. Grantees are required to submit information on a quarterly basis, and it is estimated that abstracting this information will take 20 minutes.
  • Early Identification, Referral and Follow Up Analyses (EIRF)—State/Tribal grantees are required to share existing data with the cross-site evaluation team on the youth identified at risk as a result of early identification activities, the types of services these youth are referred for, and whether these youth receive services within 3 months of the referral. Grantees are required to submit information on a quarterly basis, and it is estimated that abstracting this information will take 60 minutes.

Data Collection Activities for Campuses

For Campus grantees, the Prevention Strategies Inventory-Campus Baseline and Follow Up (PSI-C), Suicide Prevention Exposure, Awareness and Knowledge Survey—Student Version (SPEAKS-S), Suicide Prevention Exposure, Awareness and Knowledge Survey—Faculty/StaffVersion (SPEAKS-FS) and Campus Infrastructure Interviews (CIFI) are revised versions of instruments that previously received OMB approval (OMB No. 0930-0286 with Expiration Date: May 2010) and are currently in use. The Training Exit Survey—Cover Page Campus (TES-CP-C) and MIS data abstraction are data abstraction activities utilizing existing data sources. The Training Exit Survey—Campus (TES-C) is proposed as a new data collection instrument.

  • Prevention Strategies Inventory-Campus (PSI-C)—Revision. The Prevention Strategies Inventory will collect information on the suicide prevention strategies that grantees have developed and utilized. Prevention strategies include outreach and awareness, gatekeeper training, assessment and referral training for mental health professionals and hotline staff, lifeskills development activities, screening programs, hotlines and helplines, means restriction, policies and protocols for intervention and postvention, and coalitions and partnerships. The Campus grantees will first complete collect baseline data. Thereafter, they will collect follow-up data on a quarterly basis over the duration of their grant period. Baseline data will be collected on information on the types of prevention strategies grantees have developed and utilized, and the follow-up data collection asks the grantees to update the information they have provided on a quarterly basis over the period of the grant. On average, 38 Campus grantees will fill out the PSI-C per year. One respondent from each site will be responsible for completing the survey. The survey will take approximately 45 minutes. However, the number of products, services and activities implemented under each strategy will determine the number of items to complete. The survey primarily has multiple choice questions with several open-ended questions.
  • Training Exit Survey Campus Version (TES-C)—New. The TES-C will be administered to all participants in suicide prevention training activities immediately following their training experience in order to assess the content of the training, the participants' intended use of the skills and knowledge learned, and satisfaction with the training experience. The survey will also contain modules with questions tailored to specific types of training. It is estimated that approximately 23,712 trainees per year will respond to the Training Exit Survey. The questions on the TES-C are multiple-choice, Likert-scale, and open-ended. The survey includes about 33 items and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
  • Training Exit Survey Cover Page Campus Version (TES-CP-C)—Revision. State and Tribal grantees are required to report aggregate training participant information for all training conducted as part of their suicide prevention programs. These data are aggregated from existing data sources, some of which are attendance sheets, management information systems, etc. Grantees are responsible for aggregating these data and submitting to the cross-site evaluation team using the TES-CP-C data elements. Grantees are responsible for aggregating these data and submitting to the cross-site evaluation team using the TES-CP-C on a quarterly basis. It is estimated that abstracting this information will take 20 minutes.
  • Suicide Prevention Exposure, Awareness and Knowledge Survey—Student Version (SPEAKS-S)—Start Printed Page 7603Revision. This survey will examine: The exposure of campus populations to suicide prevention initiatives; awareness of appropriate crisis interventions, supports, services, and resources for mental health seeking; knowledge of myths and facts related to suicide and suicide prevention; perceived and personal stigma related to depression and mental health seeking; and behaviors related to seeking help and referring for mental health services. This survey will be administered annually over the grant period. It is estimated that 7,600 students per year will respond to the SPEAKS-S. The SPEAKS-S is web-based and includes multiple-choice, Likert-scale and true/false questions. The SPEAKS-Student Version includes 85 items and will take approximately 25 minutes to complete.
  • Suicide Prevention Exposure, Awareness and Knowledge Survey—(SPEAKS-FS)—Revision. The SPEAKS-FS assesses the exposure, awareness and knowledge of suicide prevention activities among faculty/staff on campus as a result of the suicide prevention program. Questions include whether faculty/staff have been exposed to suicide prevention materials, their agreement with myths and facts about suicide, and the availability of resources to provide assistance to those at risk for suicide. This survey will be administered annually over the grant period. It is estimated that 1,900 faculty/staff per year will respond to the SPEAKS FS. The SPEAKS-FS is web-based and includes multiple-choice, Likert-scale and true/false questions. The survey includes 54 items and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
  • Campus Infrastructure Interviews (CIFI)—Revision. CIFI is designed to gather information around campus infrastructure, program, policy, and planning related to suicide prevention; it involves key informant interviews conducted by the cross-site evaluation team via teleconference for each campus twice during the life of the grant. These semistructured interviews are conducted with up to five site representatives to gather information from multiple and varied perspectives on campus-based infrastructure development around suicide prevention activities. These representatives include: (1) Administrator, (2) Student Leader, (3) Counseling Center Staff, (4) Faculty/Staff-human services department, and (5) Faculty/Staff-non-human service department. Questions on the Campus Infrastructure Interview include whether respondents are aware of suicide prevention activities, what the campus culture is related to suicide prevention, and what specific efforts are in place to prevent suicide among the campus population. Questions will include close-ended background questions, with the remaining questions being open-ended and semi-structured. It is estimated that on average 64 respondents per year will respond to CIFI. The Campus Infrastructure Interviews include 29 items and will take approximately 60 minutes to complete.
  • MIS Data Abstraction: For the cross-site evaluation of the Campus programs, existing program data related to student retention rate, student use of mental health services and student use of emergency services will be requested from Campuses once a year. It is estimated that abstracting this information will take 60 minutes.

Data Collection Activities for Campus Case Studies

For Campus Case Studies, the instruments described below are currently used by 2 Campus grantees. These instruments are proposed for 4 additional Campus grantees. The Campus Case Studies will take place over the period of the grant.

  • Student Focus Group Moderator's Guide. This component will assess student risk and protective factors related to mental health, help-seeking behaviors, and knowledge of prevention activities on campus and their perceived effectiveness. This will help researchers more fully understand student-level factors in relation to population-level factors addressed by the SPEAKS-S. Questions address stressors that different groups of students face while in college, barriers to seeking help, attitudes and stigma related to seeking help, and the accessibility of the campus counseling center. Six focus groups will be conducted on each campus once over the data collection period. The following groups of students will potentially be represented in the focus groups, as decided by the campus: (1) First-year students, (2) athletes, (3) international students, (4) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) students, (5) Greek life students, (6) graduate students, and (7) residential advisors/peer educators. Recruitment will be conducted by campus project staff. Focus groups will include a maximum of 9 students. It is estimated that on average 216 students will participate in focus groups. Groups will last approximately 90 minutes.
  • Faculty/Staff Focus Group Moderator's Guide. The faculty and staff focus groups will assess the campus' approach to prevention, attitudes and stigma around student mental health and wellness on campus, campus infrastructure supports for students who need mental health help, and the general campus climate around mental health and wellness. Faculty and staff will also describe their knowledge of prevention activities on campus and their perceived effectiveness of these efforts. Local campus staff will recruit appropriate respondents for the faculty and staff focus groups to include a maximum of 9 respondents per group. Two faculty focus groups and one staff focus group will be conducted on each campus once over the period of data collection. It is estimated that 108 faculty/staff will participate in focus groups. The groups will last approximately 90 minutes.
  • Case Study Key Informant Interviews (7 versions). The Case Study Key Informant Interviews (CSIs) include 7 qualitative interview versions: (1) Administrator, (2) Counseling Staff, (3) Coalition Member—Faculty, (4) Prevention Staff, (5) Case Finder, (6) Campus Police, and (7) Student Leader. Local project staff will be responsible for identifying appropriate respondents for each CSI version and scheduling the interview to occur during site visits by the case study team. Seven individuals from each of the campus sites will be selected as key informants to participate in the CSIs in each of the two stages of the GLS Campus Case Studies. Questions on the CSIs include whether respondents are aware of suicide prevention activities, what the campus culture is related to suicide prevention, and what specific efforts are in place to prevent suicide among the campus population. Items are formatted as open-ended and semi-structured questions. The CSIs include 16 to 21 items and will take approximately 60 minutes to complete. On the second site visit, the case study team will incorporate preliminary findings from the case studies in the interviews, which may be modified to some extent to collect more comprehensive information and gather feedback from local key informants surrounding the context of the preliminary findings. It is estimated that the CSI will be administered to 56 respondents. The CSIs for the second site visit will last 60 minutes.

Internet-based technology will continue to be used for collecting data via Web-based surveys, and for data entry and management. The average annual respondent burden is estimated below. The estimate reflects the average annual number of respondents, the average annual number of responses, the time it will take for each response, and the average annual burden. While the different cohorts of grantees finish their Start Printed Page 7604grants at different times, we have assumed that new cohorts will replace previous cohorts. Therefore, the number of grantees in each year is assumed to be constant.

Table—Estimates of Annualized Hour Burden

Measure nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses/ respondentHours/ responseResponse burden (in hours)
State/Tribal Cross-Site Evaluation Instruments
Prevention Strategies Inventory—State Tribal (PSI-ST)4840.75144
Training Exit Survey State/Tribal (TES-ST)94,84810.1716,125
Training Utilization and Penetration Survey (TUP-S)2,00010.25500
Training Utilization and Penetration Interview (TUP-I)10010.6767
Referral Network Survey (RNS)1,02410.67687
Early Identification, Referral and Follow Up Analysis (EIRF)4841192
Early Identification, Referral and Follow Up Aggregate Screening Form (EIRF-S)4840.3364
Training Exit Survey Cover Page State/Tribal (TES-CP-ST)4840.3364
Campus Cross-Site Evaluation Instruments
Prevention Strategies Inventory—Campus (PSI-C)3840.75114
Training Exit Survey Campus (TES-C)23,71210.174,032
Suicide Prevention Exposure, Awareness and Knowledge Survey—Student Version (SPEAKS-S)7,60010.423,192
Suicide Prevention Exposure, Awareness and Knowledge Survey—Faculty/Staff (SPEAKS-FS)1,90010.25475
Campus Infrastructure Interview (CIFI) for Student3810.7529
Campus Infrastructure Interview (CIFI) for Faculty7610.7557
Campus Infrastructure Interview (CIFI) for Administrator3810.7529
Campus Infrastructure Interview (CIFI) for Counselor3810.7529
Training Exit Survey Cover Page Campus (TES-CP-C)3840.3351
MIS Data Abstraction3840.3351
Campus Case Studies Evaluation Instruments
Focus Group—Student Version21611.5324
Focus Group—Faculty Version7211.5108
Focus Group—Staff Version3611.554
Interview—Student Leader Version8118
Interview—Case Finder Version4114
Interview—Faculty Version8118
Interview—Campus Police Version8118
Interview—Counseling Staff Version8118
Interview—Prevention Staff Version121112
Interview—Administrator Version8118
Total132,06026,444

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

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Dated: February 5, 2010.

Elaine Parry,

Director, Office of Program Services.

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