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Title: Affordable Care Act Tribal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Annual Report.

OMB No.: New.

Description

Section 511(h)(2)(A) of Title V of the Social Security Act, as added by Section 2951 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-148, Affordable Care Act or ACA), authorizes the Secretary of HHS to award grants to Indian Tribes (or a consortium of Indian Tribes), Tribal Organizations, or Urban Indian Organizations to conduct an early childhood home visiting program.

The legislation sets aside 3 percent of the total ACA Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program appropriation (authorized in Section 511(j)) for grants to Tribal entities and requires that the Tribal grants, to the greatest extent practicable, be consistent with the requirements of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program grants to States and territories (authorized in Section 511(c)), and include (1) Conducting a needs assessment similar to the assessment required for all States under the legislation and (2) establishing quantifiable, measurable 3- and 5-year benchmarks consistent with the legislation.

The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care, in collaboration with the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, has awarded grants for the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (Tribal Home Visiting). The Tribal Home Visiting grant awards support 5-year cooperative agreements to conduct community needs assessments, plan for and implement (in accordance with an Implementation Plan submitted at the end of Year 1) high-quality, culturally-relevant, evidence-based and promising home visiting programs in at-risk Tribal communities, and participate in research and evaluation activities to build the knowledge base on home visiting among Native populations.

In the Affordable Care Act Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Needs Assessment and Plan for Responding to Identified Needs (“Implementation Plan Guidance”) (OMB Control No. 0970-0389, Expiration Date 6/30/14), grantees were notified that in Years 2-5 of their grant they must comply with the requirement for submission of an Annual Report to the Secretary regarding the program and activities carried out under the program.

This Report Shall Address the Following

Home Visiting Program Goals and Objectives.

Implementation of Home Visiting Program in Targeted Community(ies).

Progress toward Meeting Legislatively Mandated Benchmark Requirements.

Research and Evaluation Update.

Home Visiting Program Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Efforts.

Administration of Home Visiting Program.

Technical Assistance Needs.

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Annual Burden Estimates

InstrumentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hours
Tribal Home Visiting Program Annual Report251501,250
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours1,250

In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. E-mail address: infocollection@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection.

The Department specifically requests comments on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is 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) 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. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication.

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Robert Sargis,

Reports Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2011-27611 Filed 10-25-11; 8:45 am]

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