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Download as PDF 34130 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 112 / Monday, June 13, 2005 / Notices National Latino Children’s Institute. National Medical Association. National Minority AIDS Council. Quality Education for Minorities. Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc. The Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools. The National Alliance for Hispanic Health. Dated: May 27, 2005. Garth N. Graham, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health. [FR Doc. 05–11650 Filed 6–10–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4150–29–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Title: Data Collection for the Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect. OMB No.: New Collection. Description: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) intends to collect data for the next National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS). This will be the fourth cycle of this periodic study. NIS–1, mandated under Public Law (Pub. L.) 93–247 (1974), was conducted in 1979 and 1980, and reported in 1981. NIS–2, mandated under (Pub. L) 98–457 (1984), was conducted in 1986 and 1987, and reported in 1988. NIS–3 was mandated under both the Child Abuse Prevention, Adoption, and Family Services Act of 1988 (Pub. L.) 100–294 and the Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Adoption, and Family Services Act of 1992 (Pub. L.) 102–295, was conducted between 1993 and 1995, and reported in 1996. NIS–4 mandated by the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003 (Pub. L.) 108–36, will gather data in 2005 and 2006, and be reported in 2008. NIS is unique in that it goes beyond the abused and neglected children who come to the attention of the Child Protection Services (CPS) system. In contrast to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data Systems (NCANDS), which rely solely on reported cases, the NIS design assumes that reported children represented only a portion of VerDate jul<14>2003 16:45 Jun 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 the children who actually are maltreated. NIS estimates the scope of the maltreated child population by combining information about reported cases with data on maltreated children identified by professionals (called ‘‘sentinels’’) who encounter them during the normal course of their work in a wide range of agencies in representative communities. Sentinels are asked to remain on the lookout for children whom they believe are maltreated during the study reference period and to provide information about these children. Children identified by sentinels and those whose alleged maltreatment is investigated by CPS during the same period are evaluated against standardized definitions, and only children who meet the study standards are used to develop the study estimates. The study estimates are couched in terms of numbers of maltreated children, with data unduplicated so that a given child is counted only once. Confidentiality of all participants is carefully protected through study procedures and with a Certificate of Confidentiality from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A nationally representative sample of 122 counties has been selected and all 125 local CPS agencies serving the selected counties have been identified. Plans have been developed to obtain data on cases investigated during the period, September 4, 2005 through January 3, 2006. Sentinels in the selected counties are being identified through samples of agencies in 11 categories: County juvenile probation departments, sheriff (and/or state police) departments, public health departments, public housing departments, municipal police departments, hospitals, schools, day care centers, social service and mental health agencies, and shelters for bettered women or runaway/homeless youth. Over 1,700 sentinel agencies are being selected. Plans are being developed to identify staff in these agencies that have direct contact with children to serve as sentinels during the study by submitting data on maltreated children they encounter during the study reference period. In addition to the main NIS–4 study to measure the incidence of maltreated children, two related surveys of participating CPS agencies will be conducted to enhanced the interpretability of the findings: (1) The PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 CPS Screening Records Survey will collect information on the CPS agencies’ screening practices to understand the kinds of reports they would not accept for investigation but would instead screen out or refer for an alternative agency response. (The main NIS–4 will collect data from CPS agencies only on investigated children.) This survey will be conducted through telephone interviews with intake supervisors in the participating CPS agencies serving the NIS–4 counties; and (2) The Survey CPS Structure and Policies will collect information on the CPS agency context during NIS–4 to provide a basis for relating jurisdictional differences in the NIS incidence findings to the operational structure and practices of the local CPS agencies. This will be implemented through a mail survey to participating NIS–4 CPS agencies. The survey will be organized into four topical modules (covering administration, screening, investigation, and alternate response policies and practices) and the agencies will be asked to have agency staff with the appropriate expertise complete each module. Respondents: Nationally Representative CPS Agencies and Nationally Representative Sentinel Agency Staff. • The CPS Maltreatment Form will collect details from CPS agencies concerning the children and maltreatment events in a sample of cases and will be used in characterizing maltreated children and generating national estimates of their numbers in different categories of abuse and neglect. • The CPS Summary Data Form will be completed on all non-sampled cases investigated by CPS during the reference period and will be used for unduplicating multiple records on the same child both within the CPS data and between the CPS and sentinel data. The CPS Summary Data Form data will be collected electronically whenever possible. • The Sentinel Data Form will obtain details from sentinels concerning each maltreated child they encounter during the reference period. • The CPS Screening Records Survey will be administered to CPS agencies as described above. • The Survey on CPS Structures and Policies will be administered to CPS agencies as described above. E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1 34131 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 112 / Monday, June 13, 2005 / Notices NIS–4 ANNUAL BURDEN HOUR ESTIMATES Number of respondents Instrument CPS Maltreatment Data Form ......................................................................... CPS Summary Forms, hard copy c .................................................................. CPS Summary Forms, electronic c .................................................................. Sentinel Data Form .......................................................................................... CPS Screening Records Survey ..................................................................... Survey on CPS Structures and Policies .......................................................... Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response a 80 b .55 d 1,056 e .08 125 31 94 12,000 125 125 1 20 g .8 h .35 1 1 j 2.89 i1 Total burden hours 5,500 2,619 f 1,880 3,360 125 361 a Estimated by dividing 10,000 (estimated number of sampled cases) by 125 (number of CPS agencies). The actual sample sizes within the CPS agencies may diverge from this average of 80. b Based on CPS workers’ average estimate of 33 minutes per form. c Assumes that one-fourth of the 125 agencies will only be able to submit hard-copy forms while three-fourths will be capable of submitting the data electronically. (Note: electronic submission will be used with every agency that has the capability to do so.) d Based on NCANDS caseload data, we estimate that we will receive a total of 132,000 CPS Summary Forms, or an average of about 1,056 from each of the 125 agencies. e Based on CPS workers’ average estimate of 5 minutes per form. f Based on an estimated 20 hours per agency for working out the specifications, programming, review, and documentation to produce the files with the summary form information. g Using the NIS–3 average of .8 form per recruited sentinel. h Based on sentinels’ average estimate of 21 minutes per form. i Based on simulated interviews conducted by contractor staff. j Based on the contractor’s estimate of 2.25 hours for the administration, screening, and investigation modules (completed by 100 percent of agencies) and 1 hour for the alternative response module (completed by 64 percent of agencies, based on findings from the Local Agency Survey in the National Study of CPS Systems and Reforms Efforts). Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 13,845. Additional Information: Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. E-mail address: grjohnson@acf.hhs.gov. OMB Comment: OMB is required to make a decision concerning the collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Attn: Desk Officer for ACF. E-mail address: Katherine_T._Astrich@omb.eop.gov. Dated: June 7, 2005. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 05–11607 Filed 6–10–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9184–01–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau; Grants and Cooperative Agreements; Availability etc: Abandoned Infants Comprehensive Service Demonstration Projects Funding Opportunity Title: Abandoned Infants Comprehensive Service Demonstration Projects. Announcement Type: Initial. Funding Opportunity Number: HHS– 2005–ACF–ACYF–CB–0088. CFDA Number: 93.551. Due Date for Applications: Application is due August 12, 2005. Executive Summary: The purposes of this funding announcement are as follows: (1) To develop and implement programs of comprehensive communitybased support services for the target population as described in Public Law 100–505, as amended; (2) to evaluate the implementation and outcomes of these comprehensive support services; and (3) to develop these programs as identifiable sites that other States/ locales seeking to implement comprehensive support services for this population can look to for guidance, insight, and possible replication. I. Funding Opportunity Description The purposes of this funding announcement are as follows: (1) To develop and implement programs of comprehensive community-based VerDate jul<14>2003 16:45 Jun 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 support services for the target population as described in Public Law 100–505, as amended; (2) to evaluate the implementation and outcomes of these comprehensive support services; and (3) to develop these programs as identifiable sites that other States/ locales seeking to implement comprehensive support services for this population can look to for guidance, insight, and possible replication. Definitions Abandoned and Abandonment—The terms ‘abandoned’ and ‘abandonment,’ used with respect to infants and young children, mean that the infants and young children are medically cleared for discharge from acute-care hospital settings, but remain hospitalized because of a lack of appropriate out-ofhospital placement alternatives. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome—The term ‘acquired immune deficiency syndrome’ includes infection with the etiologic agent for such syndrome, any condition indicating that an individual is infected with such etiologic agent, and any condition arising from such etiologic agent. Dangerous Drug—The term ‘dangerous drug’ means a controlled substance, as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802). Natural Family—The term ‘‘natural family’’ shall be broadly interpreted to include natural parents, grandparents, family members, guardians, children residing in the household, and individuals residing in the household on a continuing basis who are in a care- E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    Title: Data Collection for the Fourth National Incidence Study of 
Child Abuse and Neglect.
    OMB No.: New Collection.
    Description: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 
intends to collect data for the next National Incidence Study of Child 
Abuse and Neglect (NIS). This will be the fourth cycle of this periodic 
study. NIS-1, mandated under Public Law (Pub. L.) 93-247 (1974), was 
conducted in 1979 and 1980, and reported in 1981. NIS-2, mandated under 
(Pub. L) 98-457 (1984), was conducted in 1986 and 1987, and reported in 
1988. NIS-3 was mandated under both the Child Abuse Prevention, 
Adoption, and Family Services Act of 1988 (Pub. L.) 100-294 and the 
Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Adoption, and Family Services Act of 
1992 (Pub. L.) 102-295, was conducted between 1993 and 1995, and 
reported in 1996. NIS-4 mandated by the Keeping Children and Families 
Safe Act of 2003 (Pub. L.) 108-36, will gather data in 2005 and 2006, 
and be reported in 2008.
    NIS is unique in that it goes beyond the abused and neglected 
children who come to the attention of the Child Protection Services 
(CPS) system. In contrast to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data 
Systems (NCANDS), which rely solely on reported cases, the NIS design 
assumes that reported children represented only a portion of the 
children who actually are maltreated. NIS estimates the scope of the 
maltreated child population by combining information about reported 
cases with data on maltreated children identified by professionals 
(called ``sentinels'') who encounter them during the normal course of 
their work in a wide range of agencies in representative communities. 
Sentinels are asked to remain on the lookout for children whom they 
believe are maltreated during the study reference period and to provide 
information about these children.
    Children identified by sentinels and those whose alleged 
maltreatment is investigated by CPS during the same period are 
evaluated against standardized definitions, and only children who meet 
the study standards are used to develop the study estimates. The study 
estimates are couched in terms of numbers of maltreated children, with 
data unduplicated so that a given child is counted only once. 
Confidentiality of all participants is carefully protected through 
study procedures and with a Certificate of Confidentiality from the 
National Institutes of Health (NIH).
    A nationally representative sample of 122 counties has been 
selected and all 125 local CPS agencies serving the selected counties 
have been identified. Plans have been developed to obtain data on cases 
investigated during the period, September 4, 2005 through January 3, 
2006. Sentinels in the selected counties are being identified through 
samples of agencies in 11 categories: County juvenile probation 
departments, sheriff (and/or state police) departments, public health 
departments, public housing departments, municipal police departments, 
hospitals, schools, day care centers, social service and mental health 
agencies, and shelters for bettered women or runaway/homeless youth. 
Over 1,700 sentinel agencies are being selected. Plans are being 
developed to identify staff in these agencies that have direct contact 
with children to serve as sentinels during the study by submitting data 
on maltreated children they encounter during the study reference 
period.
    In addition to the main NIS-4 study to measure the incidence of 
maltreated children, two related surveys of participating CPS agencies 
will be conducted to enhanced the interpretability of the findings: (1) 
The CPS Screening Records Survey will collect information on the CPS 
agencies' screening practices to understand the kinds of reports they 
would not accept for investigation but would instead screen out or 
refer for an alternative agency response. (The main NIS-4 will collect 
data from CPS agencies only on investigated children.) This survey will 
be conducted through telephone interviews with intake supervisors in 
the participating CPS agencies serving the NIS-4 counties; and (2) The 
Survey CPS Structure and Policies will collect information on the CPS 
agency context during NIS-4 to provide a basis for relating 
jurisdictional differences in the NIS incidence findings to the 
operational structure and practices of the local CPS agencies. This 
will be implemented through a mail survey to participating NIS-4 CPS 
agencies. The survey will be organized into four topical modules 
(covering administration, screening, investigation, and alternate 
response policies and practices) and the agencies will be asked to have 
agency staff with the appropriate expertise complete each module.
    Respondents: Nationally Representative CPS Agencies and Nationally 
Representative Sentinel Agency Staff.
     The CPS Maltreatment Form will collect details from CPS 
agencies concerning the children and maltreatment events in a sample of 
cases and will be used in characterizing maltreated children and 
generating national estimates of their numbers in different categories 
of abuse and neglect.
     The CPS Summary Data Form will be completed on all non-
sampled cases investigated by CPS during the reference period and will 
be used for unduplicating multiple records on the same child both 
within the CPS data and between the CPS and sentinel data. The CPS 
Summary Data Form data will be collected electronically whenever 
possible.
     The Sentinel Data Form will obtain details from sentinels 
concerning each maltreated child they encounter during the reference 
period.
     The CPS Screening Records Survey will be administered to 
CPS agencies as described above.
     The Survey on CPS Structures and Policies will be 
administered to CPS agencies as described above.

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                                       NIS-4 Annual Burden Hour Estimates
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                                                                     Number of    Average burden
                   Instrument                        Number of     responses per     hours per     Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent       response          hours
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CPS Maltreatment Data Form......................             125          \a\ 80         \b\ .55           5,500
CPS Summary Forms, hard copy \c\................              31       \d\ 1,056         \e\ .08           2,619
CPS Summary Forms, electronic \c\...............              94               1              20       \f\ 1,880
Sentinel Data Form..............................          12,000          \g\ .8         \h\ .35           3,360
CPS Screening Records Survey....................             125               1           \i\ 1             125
Survey on CPS Structures and Policies...........             125               1        \j\ 2.89             361
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\a\ Estimated by dividing 10,000 (estimated number of sampled cases) by 125 (number of CPS agencies). The actual
  sample sizes within the CPS agencies may diverge from this average of 80.
\b\ Based on CPS workers' average estimate of 33 minutes per form.
\c\ Assumes that one-fourth of the 125 agencies will only be able to submit hard-copy forms while three-fourths
  will be capable of submitting the data electronically. (Note: electronic submission will be used with every
  agency that has the capability to do so.)
\d\ Based on NCANDS caseload data, we estimate that we will receive a total of 132,000 CPS Summary Forms, or an
  average of about 1,056 from each of the 125 agencies.
\e\ Based on CPS workers' average estimate of 5 minutes per form.
\f\ Based on an estimated 20 hours per agency for working out the specifications, programming, review, and
  documentation to produce the files with the summary form information.
\g\ Using the NIS-3 average of .8 form per recruited sentinel.
\h\ Based on sentinels' average estimate of 21 minutes per form.
\i\ Based on simulated interviews conducted by contractor staff.
\j\ Based on the contractor's estimate of 2.25 hours for the administration, screening, and investigation
  modules (completed by 100 percent of agencies) and 1 hour for the alternative response module (completed by 64
  percent of agencies, based on findings from the Local Agency Survey in the National Study of CPS Systems and
  Reforms Efforts).

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 13,845.
    Additional Information: Copies of the proposed collection may be 
obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, 
Office of Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L'Enfant 
Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance 
Officer. All requests should be identified by the title of the 
information collection. E-mail address: grjohnson@acf.hhs.gov.
    OMB Comment: OMB is required to make a decision concerning the 
collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of 
this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best 
assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of 
publication. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office 
of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Attn: Desk 
Officer for ACF. E-mail address: Katherine--T.--Astrich@omb.eop.gov.

    Dated: June 7, 2005.
Robert Sargis,
Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 05-11607 Filed 6-10-05; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 9184-01-M