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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: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) Data Portal Applications—In Use Without Approval

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) funded the SAMHDA contract to promote the access and use of the nation's substance abuse and mental health data on December 3rd, 1997. This includes public-use data files, file documentation, and access to restricted-use data files to support a better understanding of this critical area of public health. As a part of the SAMHDA initiative, the Data Portal was created and launched in January of 2013. The Data Portal provides researchers that need access to restricted-use data remote access to confidential data via a virtual desktop from a secure, approved location. Completions of an application process and project approval are required for Data Portal access. The information being collected in this needs assessment will provide CBHSQ the information required to determine whether a researcher is qualified to obtain access to the Data Portal, and restricted-use data collected under the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA).

Description of Forms: Applications will include 18 questions and require the submission of CV's. The application asks for information including the name of the organization that the researcher belongs to, name, title and contact information of the researcher and all subsequent researchers on the team, summaries of each applicants experience with restricted data and their CV's, descriptions of the proposed research projects and methodology, what data is being requested and why, and any potential restricted variables that may be requested.

Description of Respondents: The respondent universe for this data collection effort is researchers with a need for access to CBHSQ restricted-use data. These data include the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), and NSDUH/DAWN supplement data. Respondents are researchers that have a need and want to provide this information. There are open calls for applications that occur 2 times a year, and applications are accepted during a month long period. Anyone may apply.

Table 1—Annual Burden Estimate

Form nameNumber of respondentsAnnual responses per respondentTotal annual responsesHours per responseTotal annual hour burden
Data Portal Application Needs Assessment10011005500
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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 summer.king@samhsa.hhs.gov. Written comments should be received by March 23, 2015.

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Summer King,

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[FR Doc. 2015-00843 Filed 1-20-15; 8:45 am]

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