Proposed Comment Request for Review of ACF Disaster Case Management Implementation Guide; Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response, 48568 [E9-22946]

Download as PDF 48568 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 183 / Wednesday, September 23, 2009 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Proposed Comment Request for Review of ACF Disaster Case Management Implementation Guide; Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. ACTION: Notice mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13, May 22, 1995), this notice announces that the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR) intends to submit to notice in the Federal Register for comments on the ACF Disaster Case Management Implementation Guide, dated December 10, 2008. Disaster case management is the process of organizing and providing a timely, coordinated approach to assess disaster-related needs as well as existing healthcare, mental health and human services needs that may adversely impact an individual’s recovery if not addressed. Disaster case management facilitates the delivery of appropriate resources and services, works with a client to implement a recovery plan and advocates for the client’s needs to assist him/her in returning to a pre-disaster status while respecting human dignity. If necessary, disaster case management helps transition the client with preexisting needs to existing case management providers after disasterrelated needs are addressed. This is facilitated through the provision of a single point of contact for disaster assistance applicants who need a wide variety of services that may be provided by many different organizations. The purpose of disaster case management is to rapidly return individuals and families who have survived a disaster to a state of selfsufficiency. This is accomplished by ensuring that each individual has access to a case manager who will capture information about the individual’s situation and then serve as his/her advocate and help him/her organize and access disaster-related resources, human services, healthcare and mental healthcare that will help him/her achieve pre-disaster levels of functioning and equilibrium. The service is particularly critical in VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:06 Sep 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 situations where large-scale mortality, injuries, or personal property damage have occurred. Disaster case management is based on the principles of self-determination, self-sufficiency, federalism, flexibility and speed, and support to States. Comments are particularly invited on: the program guidelines of the ACF Disaster Case Management Pilot Program; and recommendations on program improvements based on valid evidence and methodology. For a copy of the ACF Disaster Case Management Implementation guide, please contact Kaee Ross at 202–401– 9331, or visit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ ohsepr/dcm/dcm.guide.html. DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 8, 2009. ADDRESSES: Send or deliver comments to—CAPT Roberta P. Lavin, Director, Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response, Administration for Children and Families, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., 6th Floor West, Washington, DC 20447 or via email to Roberta.Lavin@acf.hhs.gov. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contacts: CAPT Roberta P. Lavin, Director, Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR), at roberta.lavin@acf.hhs.gov or 202– 401–9306; Sylvia R. Menifee, Deputy Director (Operations), OHSEPR, at sylvia.menifee@acf.hhs.gov or 202–401– 1448; Kaee Ross, Project Officer, OHSEPR, at kaee.ross@acf.hhs.gov or 202–401–9331. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for Federal programs that promote the economic and social wellbeing of families, children, individuals, and communities. ACF programs aim to achieve the following: • Families and individuals empowered to increase their own economic independence and productivity; • Strong, healthy, supportive communities that have a positive impact on the quality of life and the development of children; • Partnerships with individuals, front-line service providers, communities, American Indian tribes, Native communities, States, and Congress that enable solutions which transcend traditional agency boundaries; • Services planned, reformed, and integrated to improve needed access; and PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • A strong commitment to working with people with developmental disabilities, refugees, and migrants to address their needs, strengths, and abilities. Dated: September 16, 2009. David A. Hansell, Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families. [FR Doc. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Proposed Comment Request for Review of ACF Disaster Case 
Management Implementation Guide; Office of Human Services Emergency 
Preparedness and Response

AGENCY: Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health 
and Human Services.

ACTION: Notice

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. 
L. 104-13, May 22, 1995), this notice announces that the Administration 
for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Human Services Emergency 
Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR) intends to submit to notice in the 
Federal Register for comments on the ACF Disaster Case Management 
Implementation Guide, dated December 10, 2008.
    Disaster case management is the process of organizing and providing 
a timely, coordinated approach to assess disaster-related needs as well 
as existing healthcare, mental health and human services needs that may 
adversely impact an individual's recovery if not addressed. Disaster 
case management facilitates the delivery of appropriate resources and 
services, works with a client to implement a recovery plan and 
advocates for the client's needs to assist him/her in returning to a 
pre-disaster status while respecting human dignity. If necessary, 
disaster case management helps transition the client with pre-existing 
needs to existing case management providers after disaster-related 
needs are addressed. This is facilitated through the provision of a 
single point of contact for disaster assistance applicants who need a 
wide variety of services that may be provided by many different 
organizations.
    The purpose of disaster case management is to rapidly return 
individuals and families who have survived a disaster to a state of 
self-sufficiency. This is accomplished by ensuring that each individual 
has access to a case manager who will capture information about the 
individual's situation and then serve as his/her advocate and help him/
her organize and access disaster-related resources, human services, 
healthcare and mental healthcare that will help him/her achieve pre-
disaster levels of functioning and equilibrium. The service is 
particularly critical in situations where large-scale mortality, 
injuries, or personal property damage have occurred. Disaster case 
management is based on the principles of self-determination, self-
sufficiency, federalism, flexibility and speed, and support to States.
    Comments are particularly invited on: the program guidelines of the 
ACF Disaster Case Management Pilot Program; and recommendations on 
program improvements based on valid evidence and methodology.
    For a copy of the ACF Disaster Case Management Implementation 
guide, please contact Kaee Ross at 202-401-9331, or visit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ohsepr/dcm/dcm.guide.html.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 8, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Send or deliver comments to--CAPT Roberta P. Lavin, 
Director, Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response, 
Administration for Children and Families, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., 
6th Floor West, Washington, DC 20447 or via email to 
Roberta.Lavin@acf.hhs.gov.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contacts: CAPT Roberta P. Lavin, Director, 
Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR), 
at roberta.lavin@acf.hhs.gov or 202-401-9306; Sylvia R. Menifee, Deputy 
Director (Operations), OHSEPR, at sylvia.menifee@acf.hhs.gov or 202-
401-1448; Kaee Ross, Project Officer, OHSEPR, at kaee.ross@acf.hhs.gov 
or 202-401-9331.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Administration for Children and Families 
(ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is 
responsible for Federal programs that promote the economic and social 
well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. ACF 
programs aim to achieve the following:
     Families and individuals empowered to increase their own 
economic independence and productivity;
     Strong, healthy, supportive communities that have a 
positive impact on the quality of life and the development of children;
     Partnerships with individuals, front-line service 
providers, communities, American Indian tribes, Native communities, 
States, and Congress that enable solutions which transcend traditional 
agency boundaries;
     Services planned, reformed, and integrated to improve 
needed access; and
     A strong commitment to working with people with 
developmental disabilities, refugees, and migrants to address their 
needs, strengths, and abilities.

    Dated: September 16, 2009.
David A. Hansell,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families.
[FR Doc. E9-22946 Filed 9-22-09; 8:45 am]
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