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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.

Project: Minority AIDS Initiative-Management Reporting Tools (MAI-MRTs)

OMB No. 0930-0357—Revision

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is requesting from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the revision of Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) monitoring tools, which includes both youth and adult questionnaires as well as the quarterly progress report. This revision includes the inclusion of new cohorts, substantial revisions to the youth and adult questionnaires, updates to the data used to estimate response rates and expected numbers of participants by service duration (see Table 1 below).

The cohorts of grantees funded by the MAI and included in this clearance request are:

  • Capacity Building Initiative (CBI) 2015
  • Capacity Building Initiative (CBI) 2016
  • Capacity Building Initiative (CBI) 2017
  • Capacity Building Initiative (CBI) 2018
  • Prevention Navigators 2017
  • Secretary's Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) 2018

The target population for the CBI grantees will be at-risk minority adolescents and young adults. All MAI grantees are expected to report their monitoring data using SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and to target minority populations, as well as other high risk groups residing in communities of color with high prevalence of Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS. The primary objectives of the monitoring tools include:

  • Assess the success of the MAI in reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors associated with the transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and other sexually-transmitted diseases (STD).
  • Measure the effectiveness of evidence-based programs and infrastructure development activities such as: Outreach and training, mobilization of key stakeholders, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS counseling and education, testing, referrals to appropriate medical treatment and/or other intervention strategies (i.e., cultural enrichment activities, educational and vocational resources, social marketing campaigns, and computer-based curricula).
  • Investigate intervention types and features that yield the best outcomes for specific population groups.
  • Assess the extent to which access to health care was enhanced for population groups and individuals vulnerable to behavioral health disparities residing in communities targeted by funded interventions.
  • Assess the process of adopting and implementing the SPF with the target populations.

Revisions to the monitoring tools include the following:

Quarterly Progress Report (QPR)

  • Removed Numbers Served, HIV Testing, VH Testing, VH Vaccination, and Referrals for Services Not Funded by MAI funds from the Implementation Section. These data will be collected via the participant level
  • Added opioid items to lists for targeted outcome measures, name of direct services list, indirect services—environmental strategy list and environmental strategy purpose
  • Added Promising Approaches and Innovations Section (2 questions)
  • Added upload screen for Final Evaluation Report (for closeout grantees only) tool

The following two tools have been added to this data collection, but were approved under OMB No. 0930-0347 with the exception of the new items listed below. Items that were removed are due to their not being central to the evaluation.

Adult Questionnaire

  • Aligned questions with the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)/Center for Mental Health Service (CMHS) tools & the Rapid HIV Hepatitis Form, where possible
  • Removed some demographic questions related to language, education, employment status, health, Start Printed Page 39767military details, and relationship status
  • Removed some knowledge & attitude questions about peer behavior & how they feel about it, sex refusal skills, & HIV knowledge
  • Removed some behavior questions related to other tobacco products, electronic vapor products, synthetic marijuana, mental health, and experience with alcohol use.
  • Added opioid drug questions
  • Added questions to capture details on the intervention and the referrals to the record management section (completed by grantee staff)

Youth Questionnaire

In addition to all items listed above, on the youth questionnaire, SAMHSA also removed non-essential questions related to:

  • Interest in school & feelings about ethnic identity
  • Relationships with parents or guardians
  • Friend substance abuse and sexual behavior
  • Exposure to prevention education messages

The following two tools have been deleted from this data collection:

  • Indirect Service Outcomes (ISO)
  • HIV Testing Retrospective Reporting Tool

Table 1—Estimates of Annualized Hour Burden

Type of respondent activityNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentTotal responsesHours per responseTotal burden hours
Quarterly Progress Report155462042,480
Adult level questionnaire12,000224,000.204,800
Youth questionnaire3,00026,000.20600
Total15,15530,6207,880

Send comments to Summer King, SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 15E57-B, Rockville, Maryland 20857, OR email a copy to summer.king@samhsa.hhs.gov. Written comments should be received by October 9, 2018.

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Summer King,

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