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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 Start Printed Page 63487are 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: 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (OMB No. 0930-0110)—Revision

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), formerly the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) is a survey of the civilian, non-institutionalized population of the United States 12 years old and older. The survey is used to determine the prevalence of use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit substances, and illicit use of prescription drugs. The survey is also used to collect information on mental health problems and the utilization of substance abuse and mental health services. The results are used by SAMHSA, ONDCP, Federal government agencies, and other organizations and researchers to establish policy, direct program activities, and better allocate resources.

The 2011 NSDUH will continue conducting a follow-up clinical interview with a subsample of approximately 1,500 respondents. The design of this study is based on the recommendations from a panel of expert consultants convened by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), SAMHSA, to discuss mental health surveillance data collection strategies. The goal is to create a statistically sound measure that may be used to estimate the prevalence of Serious Mental Illness (SMI) among adults (age 18+).

For the 2011 NSDUH, no questionnaire changes are proposed.

As with all NSDUH/NHSDA surveys conducted since 1999, the sample size of the survey for 2011 will be sufficient to permit prevalence estimates for each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Because the NSDUH collects data on substance use, mental health and the utilization of substance abuse and mental health services, it is an appropriate and convenient vehicle to measure the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on residents of that region. Therefore, SAMHSA is planning to expand the NSDUH by oversampling the geographic region impacted by the oil spill. The current NSDUH sample design will be implemented and an oversampling method that results in an additional 2,000 completed interviews in the gulf coast region will be employed. The additional interviews will be concentrated in the coastal counties of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. All survey instruments and protocols will be identical for this additional sample. The total number of respondents for the 2011 NSDUH will be 69,500, or 2,000 cases more than the planned sample size for 2010.

Though there will be some increase in the sample for all four states involved in the Deepwater Horizon event (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi), specific counties in the gulf coast region were chosen for focused oversampling. These counties were chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Claims activity to BP for economic and related health needs;
  • County involvement with Department of Education and Administration for Children and Families programming; and
  • State assessment of impacted counties based on consultation with SAMHSA during the preparation of aid applications.

Counties Designated as the Most Affected Areas

State nameCounty/parish name
AlabamaBaldwin
AlabamaClarke
AlabamaEscambia
AlabamaMobile
AlabamaMonroe
AlabamaWashington
FloridaBay
FloridaEscambia
FloridaFranklin
FloridaGulf
FloridaOkaloosa
FloridaSanta Rosa
FloridaWakulla
FloridaWalton
LouisianaIberia
LouisianaJefferson
LouisianaLafayette
LouisianaLafourche
LouisianaOrleans
LouisianaPlaquemines
LouisianaSt. Bernard
LouisianaSt. Martin
LouisianaSt. Mary
LouisianaSt. Tammany
LouisianaTerrebonne
LouisianaVermilion
MississippiGeorge
MississippiHancock
MississippiHarrison
MississippiJackson
MississippiPearl River
MississippiStone

The total annual burden estimate is shown below:

InstrumentNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentHours per responseTotal burden hoursHourly wage rateAnnualized hourly costs
Household Screening196,72010.08316,328$14.64$239,042
Interview69,50011.00069,50014.641,017,480
Clinical Follow-up Certification9011.0009014.641,318
Clinical Follow-up Interview1,50011.0001,50014.6421,960
Screening Verification5,56010.06737314.645,461
Interview Verification10,42510.06769814.6410,219
Total196,81088,4891,295,480
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Send comments to Summer King, SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer, Room 8-1099, One Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857 AND e-mail a copy to summer.king@samhsa.hhs.gov. Written comments should be received within 30 days of this notice.

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Dated: October 8, 2010.

Elaine Parry,

Director, Office of Management, Technology and Operations.

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[FR Doc. 2010-26077 Filed 10-14-10; 8:45 am]

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