[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 46 (Wednesday, March 9, 2011)]
[Pages 12964-12965]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5294]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a 
list of information collection requests under review by the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). To request a copy of these requests, call 
the CDC Reports Clearance Officer at (404) 639-5960 or send an e-mail 
to omb@cdc.gov. Send written comments to CDC Desk Officer, Office of 
Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to (202) 395-
5806. Written comments should be received within 30 days of this 

Proposed Project

    The Division of Behavior Surveillance (DBS) Gulf States Population 
Survey--New--Public Health Surveillance Program Office (PHSPO), Office 
of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (OSELS), Centers 
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    On April 20, 2010, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the 
Gulf of Mexico spilling more than 4.9 million barrels of oil into the 
Gulf. The lives and livelihoods of persons residing in the Gulf coastal 
communities were affected by this event due to loss of work, disruption 
in the fishing and tourism industries, and the effect on the physical 
environment in which they live.
    An ongoing public health concern following the spill is the effect 
on the mental and behavioral health of populations living in and around 
the Gulf region and access to the mental health services required to 
meet that need.
    On October 7, 2010 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
granted emergency clearance (OMB control  0920-0868, 
expiration date April 30, 2011) to CDC's Public Health Surveillance 
Program Office (PHSPO), Division of Behavioral Surveillance (DBS) to 
conduct a survey to monitor the mental and behavioral health status of 
this affected population. Data collection for the DBS Gulf States 
Population Survey began on December 14, 2010 and will continue monthly 
for a one-year period. No data were collected from October 2010 to 
December 13, 2010, because the sampling and data collecting contracts 
had not been awarded.
    Using the existing capacity and infrastructure of the Behavioral 
Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), DBS implemented a standalone 
survey designed to monitor mental and behavioral health indicators in 
the adult population in selected coastal counties affected by the oil 
spill. The survey includes health related questions taken

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from the ongoing BRFSS as well as additional questions taken from 
standardized scales or from other surveys designed to measure anxiety, 
depression, and potential stress-associated physical health effects.
    The survey questionnaire was developed by DBS in partnership with 
the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 
and state public health and mental health departments from Louisiana, 
Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, where the survey is being conducted.
    Coastal counties within 32 miles of an area where fishing was 
closed due to the Deepwater Horizon Event were selected for inclusion. 
These include the following Gulf coast counties:

Louisiana: Assumption Parish, Calcasieu Parish, Cameron Parish, Iberia 
Parish, Jefferson Parish, Jefferson Davis Parish, Lafourche Parish, 
Orleans Parish, Plaquemines Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. Charles 
Parish, St. Mary Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, 
Terrebonne Parish, Vermilion Parish
Mississippi: Hancock County, Harrison County, Jackson County
Alabama: Baldwin County, Mobile County
Florida: Escambia County, Okaloosa County, Santa Rosa County, Walton 

    Since the publication of the 60-day Federal Register Notice, DBS 
proposes to include the following modifications to the Gulf States 
Population Survey.
     Addition of a Spanish translation of the questionnaire.
     Minor modifications in the wording of some survey 
questions to improve respondent's understanding of the question.
     Extension of the sample area to the entirety of the four 
states (AL, FL, LA, MS), which will allow comparison of results from 
the Gulf Coast counties to non-Gulf Coast counties.
     Addition of cellular phones to the sampling frame. 
Extension of the sample area to the entirety of the four states (AL, 
FL, LA, MS) will allow DBS to sample cellular phone responses in 
addition to land-line telephones. This will improve the survey 
representativeness because those who have a cellular phone, but no 
land-line telephone, have a demographic profile that differs from those 
who do have land-line telephones.
    The objective of the survey is to provide state health and mental 
health departments, SAMHSA, and other appropriate organizations data 
they need to assess the need for mental and behavioral health services 
in the selected counties and to inform the provision of those services.
    The telephone survey will collect data from a random sample of 
telephone households which include landline and cellular phone 
telephones in the selected counties. Approximately 2,500 interviews 
will be completed each month in the targeted coastal areas and 
approximately 1,250 interviews will be completed in the comparison 
areas. Adults 18 years or older will be asked to take part in the 
survey, but only one adult per household will be interviewed. Potential 
respondents will be notified through an introductory script that 
participation is voluntary and they will not be compensated for 
participating. For those who agree to participate, interviews should 
last approximately 30 minutes.
    Since the OMB emergency clearance for the DBS Gulf States 
Population Survey expires April 30, 2011, DBS is submitting and 
information collection request (ICR) to continue data collection for 
one year.
    Preliminary data from the survey will be available to SAMHSA and 
participating states monthly (pending sample size). The final dataset 
and analyses will be provided to SAMHSA and participating states in 
January 2012.
    There is no cost to respondents other than their time. The total 
estimated annual burden hours are 20,000.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
                                                                                      Number      Average burden
         Respondents                 Form             Group          Number of     responses per   per pesponse
                                                                    respondents     respondent      (in hours)
Individuals..................  GSPS............  Coastal                  30,000               1           30/60
                                                 Comparison               10,000               1           30/60
                                                  Group Counties.

Catina Conner,
Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and 
[FR Doc. 2011-5294 Filed 3-8-11; 8:45 am]