[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 29 (Friday, February 12, 1999)]
[Pages 7205-7206]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-3470]



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 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 (301) 443-7978.
    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: Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block 
Grant Application Format--FY 2000-02 (OMB No. 0930-0080, Revision)--The 
Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300x 21-35 & 51-64) authorizes 
block grants to States for the purpose of providing substance abuse 
prevention and treatment services. Under the provisions of the law, 
States may receive allotments only after an application is submitted 
and approved by the Secretary, DHHS. For the FY 2000 Substance Abuse 
Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant cycle, SAMHSA will provide 
States with modified application forms and instructions. These changes 
affect several areas of the application and add new sections to 
accommodate voluntary State reporting of treatment and prevention 
outcome information. The portion of the application that asks for 
information related to section 1926 (sales of tobacco to minors) will 
combine questions related to enforcement of laws related to youth 
access to tobacco and provide clarifying information and additional 

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related to other existing required information.
    Additionally, with respect to the treatment portion of the SAPT 
block grant, the revised application will: replace information 
requested for Intravenous Drug Users that has not been required since 
1995 with reporting of expenditures for HIV Early Intervention Services 
required of designated States; provide an appropriate format for 
reporting of funds authorized under P.L. 104-121, the Supplementary 
Security Income special authorization for fiscal years 1997 and 1998; 
and, add additional instructions and questions related to the States' 
use of data generated by the State Needs Assessment Program in the 
application. A new Section V will be added to accommodate voluntary 
reporting of treatment performance and outcome Measures. Treatment 
information to be collected includes: an unduplicated count of persons 
served with Block Grant funds; and changes in client Alcohol and Drug 
use, Illegal Activity, Employment Status and Homelessness.
    A section is also being developed to accommodate voluntary state 
reporting on certain prevention performance and outcome measures. It is 
anticipated that this section will focus on the six prevention 
strategies currently specified in the block grant application and 
related prevention domains.
    Added respondent burden is considered to be offset by reduced 
burden resulting from improved electronic application protocols. The 
annual burden estimate for the SAPT Block Grant Application Format is 
shown below:

                                                                   Responses per     Hours per
                      Number of respondents                         respondent       response       Total hours
1\1\............................................................               1             530             530
59..............................................................               1             563          33,217
\1\ Red Lake Indian Tribe (exempt from Tobacco Regulation requirements).

    Send comments to Nancy Pearce, SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer, 
Room 16-105, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. 
Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

    Dated: February 7, 1999.
Richard Kopanda,
Executive Officer, SAMHSA.
[FR Doc. 99-3470 Filed 2-11-99; 8:45 am]