[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 88 (Monday, May 7, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 26773-26774]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-10882]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

    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 on (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: Healthy Transitions Initiative Cross-Site 
Evaluation--NEW

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 
(SAMHSA), Center of Mental Health Services is responsible for the 
cross-site evaluation of the Cooperative Agreements for State/Community 
Partnerships to Integrate Services and Supports for Youth and Young 
Adults 16-25 with Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED) or Serious 
Mental Illness (SMI), and Their Families (Healthy Transitions 
Initiative--HTI) that will collect data on program implementation and 
youth and young adult outcomes in the areas of education, employment, 
housing, mental health and co-occurring disorders, and involvement with 
the juvenile and criminal justice systems. This cross-site evaluation 
design includes a process and an outcome evaluation and data will be 
collected over a 3-year period from 7 grantee sites.
    The cross-site evaluation is designed to address the following 
questions.

Process Evaluation Questions

    1. How closely does implementation match the plan proposed in the 
grant?
    2. What types of deviation from the plan occur?
    3. What effect do the deviations have on the planned intervention 
and performance assessment?
    4. What facilitates a successful transition between youth and adult 
systems?
    5. Is there a change from a ``youth-guided'' model to a ``youth and 
young adult consumer-driven'' model?
    6. What is the extent of interagency coordination and 
collaboration?
    7. How are state and local-level systems changing in response to 
the HTI implementation? How does state and local-level policy change 
affect the implementation of the Initiative?
    8. Who provides services (i.e., program staff, agency site)?
    9. What services are being provided (i.e., modality, type, 
intensity, duration)?
    10. Is there a viable cultural and linguistic competence plan?
    11. What are the individual characteristics of the youth and young 
adults (i.e., who is being served)?
    12. In what settings (i.e., system, community) are they being 
served?

Outcome Evaluation Questions

    1. What is the effect of the HTI intervention on the participants?
    2. What is the effect of the HTI intervention, compared to a sample 
of similar young adults not participating in the HTI intervention?
    3. What program factors are associated with the observed outcomes?
    4. What individual factors are associated with the observed 
outcomes?
    5. How durable are the effects over 24 months?

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Process Evaluation

    The process evaluation is designed to assess the fidelity of 
grantees to implement their proposed program model, and consists of 
young person focus groups, young person surveys, youth mentor focus 
groups, transitional program personnel interviews and surveys, and 
local and state administrator interviews. Process evaluation data will 
be collected in two waves during FY 2012 and during FY 2014 and, with 
the exception of the state administrator interviews, participants are 
not expected to participate more than one time during the 2 waves of 
data collection.

Outcome Evaluation

    The outcome evaluation is designed to assess outcomes of youth and 
young adults in regards to education, employment, housing, mental 
health and co-occurring disorders, and involvement with the juvenile 
and criminal justice systems. The outcome evaluation will utilize both 
an enhanced and standard data collection and a longitudinal cohort 
design, and will include a comparative study to assess the 
effectiveness of HTI relative to a similar sample of young persons who 
did not receive HTI services. In the standard data collection protocol, 
outcome data will be collected for each HTI young adult participant, at 
a minimum of, at baseline at least every 6 months for up to 24 months 
for as long as the participant remains in HTI services. Enhanced 
outcome data will be collected on a subsample of young adults at 6 
month intervals. The enhanced protocol will continue even after the 
young person from the subsample has left or has been discharged from 
HTI services, for up to 24 months. The baseline and follow up outcome 
instruments include the following key indicators: Demographic 
information, service use, education, employment/vocational training, 
housing and living situation, clinical outcomes, behavioral and other 
health, trauma-related experiences, life skills, parenting skills and 
supports, involvement with juvenile or criminal justice systems, and 
social and peer relationships. While participants are enrolled in HTI 
services, these data collected by the HTI grantees as specified in the 
RFA.
    The HTI Data Center (HTI DC) will be developed for data collection 
and management. The HTI DC will be a secure Web site that allows 
uploading of data, real-time access to data by grantees, and production 
of automated reports for the sites. It is flexible for local use and 
simplifies the management, monitoring, and reporting of data.
    The summary burden reflects the distinct number of respondents, 
total annual burden, and total hourly cost of the study.

                                                                  Summary Burden Table
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                                                          Average annual                  Average 3-year
                                             Number of        number       Total annual     burden per     Total annual     Hourly wage    Total hourly
                                             distinct       responses/       number of       response         burden           cost            cost*
                                            respondents     respondent       responses        (hours)         (hours)
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Young Persons...........................             320            1.10             796            1.55             547       \a\ $7.25           $3966
Youth Mentors...........................              84            0.33              28            1.25              35       \b\ 10.74             376
Transitional Program Personnel..........              49            0.33              23            1.41              23       \c\ 15.24             351
Local Administrators....................              21            0.67              14            1.50              21       \d\ 22.69             476
State Administrators....................               7            0.67               9            0.54               3       \e\ 23.54             220
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    Total Summary.......................             481               3             871  ..............             629  ..............           5,389
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    Send comments to Summer King, SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer, 
Room 8-1099, One Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857 or email a copy 
to summer.king@samhsa.hhs.gov. Written comments must be received before 
60 days after the date of the publication in the Federal Register.

Summer King,
Statistician.
[FR Doc. 2012-10882 Filed 5-4-12; 8:45 am]
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