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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS. Administration for Children and Families, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects (Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announce plans to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Prior to submitting the ICR to OMB, HRSA and ACF seek comments from the public regarding the burden estimate, below, or any other aspect of the ICR.

DATES:

Comments on this Information Collection Request must be received within 60 days of this notice.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments to paperwork@hrsa.gov or mail the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer, Room 10-29, Parklawn Start Printed Page 77691Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and draft instruments, email paperwork@hrsa.gov or call the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at (301) 443-1984.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the information request collection title for reference.

Information Collection Request Title: Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Information System

OMB No. 0915-0357—Revision

Abstract: On March 23, 2010, the President signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-148), historic and transformative legislation designed to make quality, affordable health care available to all Americans, reduce costs, improve health care quality, enhance disease prevention, and strengthen the health care workforce. Through a provision authorizing the creation of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, the Act responds to the diverse needs of children and families in communities at risk and provides an unprecedented opportunity for collaboration and partnership at the federal, state, and community levels to improve health and development outcomes for at-risk children through voluntary evidence-based home visiting programs. The MIECHV Program is designed: (1) To strengthen and improve the programs and activities carried out under Title V of the Social Security Act; (2) to improve coordination of services for at-risk communities; and (3) to identify and provide comprehensive services to improve outcomes for families who reside in at-risk communities.

The program is jointly administered by HRSA and ACF and includes grants to states, jurisdictions, and eligible non-profits (State MIECHV program) and grants to Tribes (including consortia of tribes), Tribal Organizations, and Urban Indian Organizations (Tribal MIECHV program).

The Social Security Act, Title V, Section 511 (42 U.S.C. 711), as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, requires that State and Tribal MIECHV grantees collect data to measure improvements for eligible families in six specified areas (referred to as “benchmark areas”) that encompass the major goals for the program: (1) Improved maternal and newborn health; (2) prevention of child injuries, child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment, and reduction of emergency room visits; (3) improvement in school readiness and achievement; (4) reduction in crime or domestic violence; 5) improvements in family economic self-sufficiency; and (6) improvements in the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports.

The Supplemental Information Request for the Submission of the Updated State Plan for a State Home Visiting Program, published on February 8, 2011, further listed a variety of constructs under each benchmark area for which State MIECHV grantees were to select and submit relevant performance measures. Per Section 511(d)(1)(B)(i) of the legislation, no later than 30 days after the end of the third year of the program, grantees are required to demonstrate improvement in at least four of the six benchmark areas. Funding opportunity announcements, notices of award, and program guidance documents for competitive, formula, and non-profit grants also require annual reporting on the constructs under each benchmark area, as well as on demographic, service utilization, budgetary, and other administrative data related to program implementation.

Tribal MIECHV grantees must also report annually on demographic, service utilization, budgetary, and other administrative data related to program implementation. In addition, Tribal MIECHV grantees must propose a plan for meeting the benchmark requirements specified in the legislation and must report on improvement on constructs under each benchmark area at the end of Year 4 and Year 5 of their 5-year grants.

Need and Proposed Use of the Information: The data collected from the proposed Home Visiting (HV) forms will be used to track State and Tribal MIECHV grantees' progress in demonstrating improvement under each benchmark area and provide an overall picture of the population being served. The proposed data collection forms are as follows:

Home Visiting Form 1—Demographic and Service Utilization Data for Enrollees and Children—This form requests data to determine the unduplicated number of participants and of participant groups by primary insurance coverage. This form also requests data on the demographic characteristics of program participants such as race, ethnicity, and income. The form is used by both State and Tribal MIECHV grantees. As this form has current approval from OMB and is in use, no changes are proposed.

Home Visiting Form 2—State Grantee Performance Measures: Grantees have already selected relevant performance measures for the legislatively identified benchmark areas. This form provides a template for grantees to report aggregate data on their selected performance measures. This form is used by State MIECHV grantees only. As this form has current approval from OMB and is in use, no changes are proposed.

Home Visiting Form 3—Tribal Grantee Performance Measures: To show quantifiable, measurable improvement in benchmark areas, each Tribal MIECHV grantee must submit data demonstrating improvement on constructs in each of the six benchmark areas. The purpose of the proposed collection on Home Visiting Form 3 will be to track Tribal MIECHV grantees' progress in demonstrating improvement under each benchmark area. This form is used by Tribal MIECHV grantees only. As this form was not included in the previous submission to OMB, this form is new to the information system.

Likely Respondents: Home Visiting Form 1 is used by all MIECHV Program grantees. Home Visiting Form 2 is used by the states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and non-profit organizations providing services within states through the State MIECHV Program. Home Visiting Form 3 will be used by Tribal MIECHV grantees.

Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the information requested. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information; to search data sources; to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this Information Collection Request are summarized in the table below.

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Form nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal responsesAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
HV Form 1: Demographic and Service Utilization Data for Enrollees and Children811 (All MIECHV grantees including Tribal grantees)181 (All MIECHV grantees including Tribal grantees)73159, 211
HV Form 2: Grantee Performance Measures562 (State MIECHV grantees)156 (State MIECHV grantees)31317, 528
HV Form 3: Tribal-Grantee Performance Measures253 (Tribal MIECHV grantees)125 (Tribal MIECHV grantees)47511,875
Total818188, 614
1 In addition to 56 jurisdictions and non-profit organizations, it is estimated that 25 Tribal MIECHV program grantees will utilize Form 1 to report on demographic and service utilization data for all participant families.
2 This number does not include Tribal MIECHV program grantees.
3 This number reflects the number of Tribal MIECHV grantees.

HRSA and ACF specifically request comments on (1) the necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions, (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden, (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

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Dated: December 17, 2013.

Bahar Niakan,

Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination, Health Resources and Services Administration.

Linda K. Smith,

Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, Administration for Children and Families.

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[FR Doc. 2013-30613 Filed 12-23-13; 8:45 am]

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