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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: State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant Program Mid-Year and End-Year Performance Reports

(OMB No. 0930-0378)—In Use Without OMB Approval

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is authorized under Section 1003 of the 21st Century Cures Act, as amended, to support a grant program, for up to 2 years, that addresses the supplemental activities pertaining to opioids currently undertaken by the state agency or territory and will support a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic.

SAMHSA received approval from OMB in September 2017 to collect performance data from Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) grantees (OMB No. 0930-0378). However, SAMHSA omitted a data collection table (Table E) in the original OMB request. This data table is currently in use by Opioid STR grantees, who are reporting Table E data to SAMHSA on a semi-annual basis. In order to correct this violation, SAMHSA is now seeking OMB approval for a new data collection package that includes not only the instruments originally approved by OMB in September 2017, but also this additional data collection table. It is important for SAMHSA to continue to collect this information in order to assess the impact of funding from the Opioid STR program on increasing access to prevention strategies, as well as treatment and recovery services to address the opioid crisis. Additionally, this data will provide SAMHSA with critical information to effectively manage the Opioid STR program, to help states and territories adopt, or scale-up, effective practices and policies, and to help prepare to implement the new State Opioid Response grant program.

The primary purpose of the Opioid STR program is to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD) (including prescription opioids as well as illicit drugs such as heroin).

There are 57 (states and jurisdictions) award recipients in this program. All funded states and jurisdictions report on their implementation and performance through an online data collection system. Award recipients report performance on the following measures specific to this program: number of people who receive OUD treatment, number of people who receive OUD recovery services, number of providers implementing medication-assisted treatment, and the number of OUD prevention and treatment providers trained, to include nurse practitioners, physician assistants, as well as physicians, nurses, counselors, social workers, case managers, etc. This information is collected at the mid-point and conclusion of each grant award year. Additionally, each award recipient describes the purposes for which the grant funds received were expended and the activities implemented under the program.Start Printed Page 39766

Annualized Estimated Burden Hours for the Progress Report

RespondentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal responsesAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
State and Jurisdictions5721148.5969

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,

Statistician.

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[FR Doc. 2018-17127 Filed 8-9-18; 8:45 am]

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