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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: Triennial Evaluation of the Projects for Assistance in Transition From Homelessness (PATH)—NEW

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, and 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 nonprofit 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 collection of contextual, process, and outcome information to evaluate the national PATH program. Section 528 of the PHS Act specifies that the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shall evaluate at least once every 3 years the expenditures of grants under this part by eligible entities in order to ensure that expenditures are consistent with the provisions of this part. The evaluation shall include recommendations regarding changes in program design or operations.

The proposed data collection includes:

  • Interviews with 10 State Path Contacts (SPCs) and an online survey with all 56 SPCs to gather more information on how States plan, solicit, and monitor local providers using PATH funding; the challenges faced in their operating environment, in working with the populations they serve, and the environment in which they work; remaining gaps and needs as well as possible solutions and Start Printed Page 51047recommendations for bridging gaps and filling needs and improving PATH efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Interviews with 20-60 local providers and an online survey with 1 representative who provides face-to-face, PATH-funded services to clients selected randomly from each local service provider (n = 483). Like SPC interviews and online surveys, the focus of this part of the data collection effort will be on assessing local providers' views on the challenges faced in their operating environment, in working with the populations they serve and the environment in which they work; on training received and needed; reporting requirements and burden; remaining gaps and needs and possible solutions and recommendations for bridging gaps and filling needs and improving PATH efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Focus groups with 8-12 consumers that will be conducted on location at each of the 10 PATH locations selected for site visitation. The focus groups will assess clients' knowledge of PATH; the types of services they receive; satisfaction with services received; perceived needs that are not being met; and recommendations to improve service access, delivery, and comprehensiveness.

The estimated total burden for the reporting requirements for the triennial PATH evaluation is summarized in the table below.

Table 1—Annual Burden

PATH evaluationNumber of respondentsResponses/ respondentTotal responsesHours/ responseTotal hour burden
Online Surveys
State PATH Contact56156156
PATH Provider4831483.75363
Site Visit Interviews (10 sites)
State PATH Contact* 101101.111
Provider Staff—Supervisor/Administrator** 30130.6720
Provider Staff—Outreach Worker/Case Manager*** 30130.6720
Consumer Focus Group Discussion**** 12011201.5180
Total729729650
* 1 respondent × 10 sites = 10 total respondents.
** Up to 3 respondents × 10 sites = 30 total respondents.
*** Up to 3 respondents × 10 sites = 30 total respondents.
**** Up to 12 respondents × 10 sites = 120 respondents.

Written comments and recommendations concerning the proposed information collection should be sent by September 16, 2011 to the SAMHSA Desk Officer at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB). To ensure timely receipt of comments, and to avoid potential delays in OMB's receipt and processing of mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service, commenters are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via e-mail to: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov. Although commenters are encouraged to send their comments via e-mail, commenters may also fax their comments to: 202-395-7285. Commenters may also mail them to: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, New Executive Office Building, Room 10102, Washington, DC 20503.

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Cathy J. Friedman,

SAMHSA, Public Health Analyst.

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[FR Doc. 2011-20855 Filed 8-16-11; 8:45 am]

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