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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request; New Data Collection (ICR New) of the No Wrong Door (NWD) System Management Tool

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AGENCY:

Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed collection of information listed above. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish a notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.

This New Data Collection (ICR New) solicits comments on the information collection requirements relating to the Aging and Disability Resource Center/No Wrong Door System (ADRC/NWD). The statutory authority for ADRC/NWD is contained in Title IV of the Older Americans Act (OAA), as amended by the Older Americans Act Amendments of 2006, Public Law 109-365.

DATES:

Comments on the collection of information must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. (EST) or postmarked by January 2, 2019.

ADDRESSES:

Submit electronic comments on the collection of information to: Ami Patel, ami.patel@acl.hhs.gov. Submit written comments on the collection of information to Administration for Community Living, 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201, Attention: Ami Patel.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ami Patel at (202) 795-7376 or ami.patel@acl.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. “Collection of information” is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, ACL is publishing a notice of the proposed collection of information set forth in this document.

With respect to the following collection of information, ACL invites comments on our burden estimates or any other aspect of this collection of information, including:

(1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of ACL's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility;

(2) the accuracy of ACL's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used to determine burden estimates;

(3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques when appropriate, and other forms of information technology.

ACL, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) have partnered to support states' efforts in developing coordinated systems of access, or No Wrong Door (NWD) Systems, to make it easier for people to learn about and access long-term services and supports (LTSS). When seeking services and supports, individuals and caregivers often face multiple, fragmented processes that are complex and confusing. States' access systems have been built over time as programs and funding streams have been added, creating duplicative eligibility and intake processes that are difficult for individuals and their caregivers to use. To address these issues, the NWD System model supports state efforts to streamline access to LTSS options for all populations and provides the infrastructure to promote the collaboration of local service organizations, making service delivery more efficient and person-centered. Examples of coordinated efforts include processes where individuals are assessed once via a common or standardized data collection method that captures a core set of individual level data relevant for determining the range of necessary LTSS.

The federal vision for the NWD System gives states flexibility in determining how best to organize, structure and operate the various functions of their NWD System. States continue to integrate, in some cases restructure, and over time strengthen their existing programs in order to realize the joint ACL/CMS/VHA vision for a fully coordinated and integrated system of access. These efforts are supported by a variety of initiatives, including the VHA's Veteran Directed Care (VDC) program, an evidence-based self-directed program where person-centered counselors from aging and disability network agencies within a state's NWD System provide facilitated assessment and care planning, arrange fiscal management services and provide ongoing counseling and support to Veterans, their families and caregivers.

The NWD System Management Tool (NWD MT) provides a platform for data collection necessary to evaluate the four primary functions of a NWD System: State Governance and Administration, Public Outreach and Coordination with Key Referral Sources, Person Centered Counseling, and Streamlined Access to Public LTSS Programs. In addition, this tool will include data collection for the VDC program to collect qualitative and quantitative data elements necessary to evaluate the impact of the VDC program. The VDC tool will track key performance measures and identify best practices and technical assistance needs.

The NWD MT and the VDC tool will enable ACL and its partners to collect and analyze data elements necessary to assess the progress of the NWD System model, track performance measures, and identify gaps and best practices. These tools have been designed in close collaboration with states and are intended to simplify grant reporting requirements to reduce burden on local and state entities and will provide a consistent, streamlined and coordinated statewide approach to help states govern their NWD System and manage their programs efficiently.

The proposed data collection tools may be found on the ACL website for review at: https://www.acl.gov/​about-acl/​public-input.

Estimated Program Burden:

ACL estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows:

Fifty-six lead NWD System state and territorial agencies will respond to the NWD MT bi-annually and it will take approximately half an hour to collect the data and an additional half hour to input the data into a web-based system. Start Printed Page 55187Additionally, an estimated 996 local agencies will take approximately three hours to collect the data and one hour to submit the data to their lead NWD System state agency. If all state and local agencies respond bi-annually, the national burden estimate for the NWD MT would be a total of 8,080 hours annually. This burden estimate is calculated based upon a sample of three states that tested a demonstration of the NWD MT as a part of the grantee requirements under the NWD System Implementation grant, a competitive funding opportunity funded in 2016 through 2018. Each state entity submitting data will receive local-level data from designated NWD System entities. The estimated response burden includes time to review the instructions, gather existing information, and complete and review the data entries in a web-based system.

An estimated 400 VDC program entities will respond to the VDC Tool on a monthly basis, all of which are also NWD local-level entities, for an annual burden of 2,400 hours. This burden estimate is calculated based upon information provided by a current VDC program provider testing a demonstration of the VDC tool. The NWD MT and the VDC tool have been developed to increase ease and uniformity of reporting and improve the ability of ACL to manage and analyze data.

Respondent/data collection activityNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentHours per responseAnnual burden hours
NWD Management Tool data collection and entry—State Level5621.0112
NWD Management Tool data collection and entry—Local Level99624.07,968
Veteran Directed Care Tool400120.52,400
Total:1,45210,480
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Dated: October 23, 2018.

Mary Lazare,

Principal Deputy Administrator.

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[FR Doc. 2018-24053 Filed 11-1-18; 8:45 am]

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