[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 46 (Wednesday, March 9, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 12976-12977]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5366]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Services Administration


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: 
Comment Request

    In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public 
comment on proposed data collection projects (section 3506(c)(2)(A) of 
Title 44, United States Code, as amended by the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995, Pub. L. 104-13), the Health Resources and Services 
Administration (HRSA) publishes periodic summaries of proposed projects 
being developed for submission to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. To request more 
information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data 
collection plans and draft instruments, e-mail paperwork@hrsa.gov or 
call the HRSA Reports Clearance Officer at (301) 443-1129.
    Comments are invited on: (a) The proposed collection of information 
for the proper performance of the functions of the agency; (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: Supplemental Information Request for the Submission 
of the Updated State Plan for the Home Visiting Program (OMB No. 0915-
0336)--[Extension]

    On March 23, 2010, the President signed into law the Patient 
Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-148), historic 
and transformative legislation designed to make quality, affordable 
health care available to all Americans, reduce costs, improve health 
care quality, enhance disease prevention, and strengthen the health 
care workforce. Through a provision authorizing the creation of the 
Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, (http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h3590enr.txt.pdf, pages 216-225), the Act responds to the 
diverse needs of children and families in communities at risk and 
provides an unprecedented opportunity for collaboration and partnership 
at the Federal, State, and community levels to improve health and 
development outcomes for at-risk children through evidence-based home 
visiting programs.
    The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) 
Program is designed: (1) To strengthen and improve the programs and 
activities carried out under Title V; (2) to improve coordination of 
services for at-risk communities; and (3) to identify and provide 
comprehensive services to improve outcomes for families who reside in 
at-risk communities.
    To achieve the legislative requirements of the MIECHV program, the 
following application steps were required:
    The first step was submission of an application for funding: the 
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) HRSA-10-275 was issued on June 
10, 2010, and State applications were due July 9, 2010. These 
applications were to include plans for completing the statewide needs 
assessment and initial State plans for developing the program in order 
to meet the criteria identified in the legislation. Submission of the 
needs assessments in the form and manner required by the Secretary is 
also a required condition for States to receive FY 2011 Title V Block 
Grant allotments. On September 20, 2010, all 50 States, the District of 
Columbia, and five U.S. territories submitted needs assessments that 
identified communities at risk. The needs assessments submitted were 
approved, and all 56 applicants have received FY 2011 Title V Block 
Grant funds.
    As a condition of receiving the remaining grant award made to 
States in July 2010, each of the 56 applicants is also required to 
develop an Updated State Plan for a State Home Visiting Program. The 
Secretary of Health and Human Services must approve the Updated State 
Plan before the release of the remaining grant funds.
    The information requested for the Updated State Plan is intended to 
help States view their proposed State Home Visiting Program as a 
service strategy aimed at developing a comprehensive, high-quality 
early childhood system that promotes maternal, infant, and early 
childhood health, safety and development, and strong parent-child 
relationships in the targeted community(ies) at risk. Ultimately, the 
information provided will help States develop a comprehensive plan that 
addresses community risk factors, builds on strengths identified in the 
targeted community(ies), and responds to the specific characteristics 
and needs of families in each of these communities.
    The annual estimate of burden is as follows:

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                                     Number of     Responses per       Total         Hours per     Total burden
           Instrument               respondents     respondent       responses       response          hours
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Section 1: Identification of the              56               1              56              30           1,680
 State's Targeted At-Risk
 Community(ies).................
Section 2: State Home Visiting                56               1              56              30           1,680
 Program Goals and Objectives...
Section 3: Selection of Proposed              56               1              56              30           1,680
 Home Visiting Model(s) and
 Explanation of How the Model(s)
 Meet the Needs of Targeted
 Community(ies).................
Section 4: Implementation Plan                56               1              56              60           3,360
 for Proposed State Home
 Visiting Program...............

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Section 5: Plan for Meeting                   56               1              56              60           3,360
 Legislatively-Mandated
 Benchmarks.....................
Section 6: Plan for                           56               1              56              40           2,240
 Administration of State Home
 Visiting Program...............
Section 7: Plan for Continuous                56               1              56              20           1,120
 Quality Improvement............
Section 8: Technical Assistance               56               1              56               1              56
 Needs..........................
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    Total.......................              56  ..............  ..............  ..............          15,176
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    E-mail comments to paperwork@hrsa.gov or mail the HRSA Reports 
Clearance Officer, Room 10-33, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, 
Rockville, MD 20857. Written comments should be received within 60 days 
of this notice.

    Dated: March 2, 2011.
Reva Harris,
Acting Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination.
[FR Doc. 2011-5366 Filed 3-8-11; 8:45 am]
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