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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 at 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: SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center Disaster Behavioral Health Needs Assessment and Customer Satisfaction Surveys (OMB No. 0930-0325)—Revision

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is requesting approval for a revision to the data collection associated with the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) Disaster Behavioral Health Needs Assessment and Customer Satisfaction Surveys (OMB No. 0930-0325), which expire on May 31, 2017. Specifically, SAMHSA DTAC plans to consolidate the Needs Assessment Survey and Customer Satisfaction Surveys into a single instrument. The new revised instrument, entitled SAMHSA DTAC Customer Feedback Survey (CFS), under this effort will also include a change in administration to make it appropriate for a single, streamlined survey.

The proposed data collection effort will provide feedback on the overall effectiveness of SAMHSA DTAC's services, ongoing needs at the national level, and areas that require enhanced technical assistance (TA) services.

SAMHSA DTAC will be responsible for administering the data collection instrument and analyzing the data. SAMHSA DTAC will use data from the instrument to inform current and future TA activities and to ensure these activities continue to align with state and local needs.

A three-year clearance is being requested. The SAMHSA DTAC CFS is designed to allow the agency to collect feedback on the overall effectiveness of the services provided by SAMHSA DTAC, as well as ongoing data regarding disaster behavioral health (mental health and substance use-related) needs at the national level and areas that require enhanced training and technical assistance (TA) services. This is the information that was previously collected as part of the SAMHSA DTAC Needs Assessment Survey (NAS) and Customer Satisfaction Survey (CSS). Data from this effort will continue to be used to improve services to jurisdictions, which will lead to (1) better integration of disaster behavioral health (DBH) needs with all-hazards disaster preparedness and response, and (2) improved outcomes at the state, territory, tribal, and local levels with less burden on participants. The new Customer Feedback Survey integrates and consolidates questions from the previously utilized NAS and CSS, which will reduce burden associated with the number of instruments and survey questions. SAMHSA DTAC will continue to be responsible for survey administration and analysis of the data collected, which SAMHSA will use to inform current and future training and TA activities. Table 1 shows the estimated burden associated with CFS data collection activities and the associated costs. It is anticipated that the survey will be administered once each year.

Participation in the Customer Feedback Survey will be solicited from all 50 states, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The survey will be administered to individuals who have requested TA within the six months prior to administration and those who are subscribed to DTAC's e-communications, SAMHSA DTAC Bulletin, or The Dialogue, at the time of administration. Internet-based technology will be used to collect data via web-based survey for data entry and management.Start Printed Page 53495

Table 1—Annualized Estimate of Respondent Burden

Type of respondentInstrumentNumber of respondentsNumber of responsesTotal number of responsesHours per responseTotal burden hours
TA requestor, e-communications recipient, colleague of previous requestorDTAC Customer Feedback Survey20012000.5100

Send comments to Summer King, SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer, 5600 Fishers Lane, 15E57-B, Rockville, MD 20857 OR email a copy to Written comments should be received by October 11, 2016.

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Summer King,


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[FR Doc. 2016-19206 Filed 8-11-16; 8:45 am]