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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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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: 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Dress Rehearsal (OMB No. 0930-0334)—Revision

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is a survey of the civilian, non-institutionalized population of the United States 12 years old and older. The data are used to determine the prevalence of use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit substances, and illicit use of prescription drugs. 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.

In order to continue producing current data, SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) must update the NSDUH periodically to reflect changing substance abuse and mental health issues. CBHSQ is in the process of redesigning the NSDUH for the 2015 survey year. The goals of the overall redesign are to: (1) Revise the questionnaire to address changing policy and research data needs, and (2) modify the survey methodology to improve the quality of estimates and the efficiency of data collection and processing. To achieve these goals, a Questionnaire Field Test (QFT) was conducted in late 2012 to test revisions to the questionnaire, study materials, and procedures. A Dress Rehearsal (DR) is planned for September and October 2013 to further refine and test changes implemented in the QFT as well as test all additional changes that have been identified for the 2015 redesign. These additional changes include an assessment of a new lightweight laptop used to administer the questionnaire, the addition of a Spanish language interview that was not included in the QFT to control costs, and additional select changes to the NSDUH questionnaire. The vast majority of differences in questionnaire content between the QFT and the proposed DR are minor. Changes include: (a) The addition of two sexual orientation questions to be asked of adults; (b) routine updates to routing and logic; (c) minimal changes to question wording throughout the instrument to clarify intent; and (d) the deletion of a question in the Back-end Demographics module about the number of employees who work at the respondent's business.

The DR will consist of 2,000 English and Spanish-speaking respondents in the continental United States. The sample size of the survey will be large enough to detect differences in key estimates between data collected using the annual NSDUH compared to the redesigned procedures. The total annual burden estimate is shown below:

Estimated Burden for 2013 NSDUH Dress Rehearsal

InstrumentNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentHours per responseTotal burden hoursHourly wage rateAnnualized costs
Household Screening3,67310.083305$14.54$4,435
Screening Verification10010.0676.714.5497
Interview Verification30010.0672014.54291

Send comments to Summer King, SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer, Room 2-1057, One Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857 OR email her a copy at Written comments should be received by April 30, 2013.

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[FR Doc. 2013-04756 Filed 2-28-13; 8:45 am]