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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 144 / Monday, July 28, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Name of Committee: National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council. Date: September 3, 2014. Open: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Agenda: To review the Division’s scientific and planning activities. Place: National Institutes of Health, Bldg. 31, ‘‘C’’ Wing, 6th Floor, Conference Room 10, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892. Closed: 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: National Institutes of Health, Bldg. 31, ‘‘C’’ Wing, 6th Floor, Conference Room 10, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892. Contact Person: Brent B. 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Stanfield, Ph.D., Director, Division of Extramural Activities, National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 6707 Democracy Blvd., Room 715, MSC 5452, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 594–8843, stanfibr@niddk.nih.gov. Name of Committee: National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council, Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Subcommittee. Date: September 3, 2014. Open: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Agenda: To review the Division’s scientific and planning activities. Place: National Institutes of Health, Bldg. 31, ‘‘C’’ Wing, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892. Closed: 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: National Institutes of Health, Bldg. 31, ‘‘C’’ Wing, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892. Contact Person: Brent B. Stanfield, Ph.D., Director, Division of Extramural Activities, National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 6707 Democracy Blvd., Room 715, MSC 5452, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 594–8843, stanfibr@niddk.nih.gov. Name of Committee: National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council; Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases Subcommittee. Date: September 3, 2014. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:05 Jul 25, 2014 Jkt 232001 Open: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Agenda: To review the Division’s scientific and planning activities. Place: National Institutes of Health, Bldg. 31, ‘‘C’’ Wing, 6th Floor, Conference Room 7, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892. Closed: 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: National Institutes of Health, Bldg. 31, ‘‘C’’ Wing, 6th Floor, Conference Room 7, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892. Contact Person: Brent B. Stanfield, Ph.D., Director, Division of Extramural Activities, National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 6707 Democracy Blvd., Room 715, MSC 5452, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 594–8843, stanfibr@niddk.nih.gov. Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person. In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver’s license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit. 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[FR Doc. 2014–17674 Filed 7–25–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P 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) PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43759 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: Identifying Core Competencies of Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services (Behavioral Health Services—NEW) SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services’ project, Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) is requesting the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval for a data collection project entitled, ‘‘Identifying Core Competencies of Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services.’’ The BRSS TACS team intends to use two instruments to collect original data to inform the ongoing development of core competencies for peer workers in behavioral health care services. These instruments are: • Core Competencies Survey with Peer Workers • Telephone Interview of Peer Workers The primary purpose for this information is to appraise the importance of specific competencies to the work of peer workers who are currently employed in behavioral health settings. The Core Competencies Survey will collect peer workers’ ratings of the importance of different competencies to their work. The Telephone Interview of Peer Workers will collect peer workers’ experiences with and opinions about the competencies on the survey. They will also be asked how they might use the competencies in their work. The Core Competencies Survey and the Telephone Interview are seen as critical to the development of core competencies for peer workers because they integrate the perspective of people who are currently employed as peer workers in the behavioral health care E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 43760 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 144 / Monday, July 28, 2014 / Notices workforce and have been judged as competent by another colleague. While peer workers have become critical components of recovery-oriented systems, paid peer positions and roles are relatively new additions to the behavioral health workforce. There are basic questions about how to define these roles. There are additional uncertainties about how best to prepare people in recovery for the role of peer worker and how to supervise and evaluate the job performance of peer workers. Developing a set of core competencies is an important step in responding to these questions and may be a valuable activity in expanding peer roles in behavioral health. Although training programs for peer workers in the behavioral health system have existed for over a decade, there have been no attempts to standardize the content or the models of training. To date, no national consensus defines standards for peer worker training programs. Training programs differ in length, ranging from 30 to 105 hours of face-to-face training and vary widely in the knowledge and skills that they teach trainees (SAMHSA, 2012). The Core Competency Project will describe the foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by peer workers to perform their roles in a wide variety of behavioral health programs and services. Peer-provided recovery support services typically involve providing social support, linking people to community resources, assisting with decision-making activities, and a host of educational and recreational activities (CSAT, 2009; SAMHSA, 2012). In addition, peer workers facilitate educational and support groups and advocate for service improvements. SAMHSA defines peer-provided recovery support as, ‘‘a set of nonclinical, peer-based activities that engage, educate and support an individual successfully to make life changes necessary to recover from disabling mental illness and/or substance use disorder conditions’’ (CSAT, 2009). While some peer workers are performing advanced or specialized competencies within the behavioral health field, the core competencies described will include the foundational competencies required by all peer workers working in a variety of environments and with a diversity of people. It is critical to communicate to the behavioral health field and behavioral health authorities about the foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed by peer workers. Because of the anticipated continued demand for peers in the behavioral VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:53 Jul 25, 2014 Jkt 232001 health workforce, SAMHSA has prioritized the development of peerdelivered recovery support services across mental health and substance use disorder services. In an effort to deliver services of uniformly high quality, the core competencies of peer workers will be described so that states and other credentialing bodies will be able to establish uniform standards for peer workers. In addition, clear descriptions of core competencies will assist behavioral health authorities with their strategic workforce planning efforts. The description of core competencies will inform services and peer workforce training programs of the basic requirements needed by peer workers in behavioral health services. The competencies will provide guidance to behavioral health programs when writing job descriptions and performances evaluations. In many communities, job descriptions lack uniformity and specificity and do not reflect accurately the focus of peerprovided recovery support services. The results of these surveys will contribute to the creation of competency descriptions that will provide guidance to organizations, programs, states, and regions to strengthen their peer workforce development efforts. These core competencies will inform training programs and state certification entities about the essential skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed by peer workers in a range of roles in behavioral health services. Currently, 33 states offer certification for their peer workers and a growing number of states use Medicaid funds to reimburse for peer support services (Daniels et al., 2014). Despite the growth of the behavioral health peer workforce; there are inconsistencies in the requirements for these certifications across different states. For behavioral health organizations and programs, core competencies will provide guidance for job descriptions for peer workers and improve the recruitment of potential workers by providing fair and unbiased criteria for hiring and making sure everyone is assessed against the same framework. Core competency descriptions have the potential to strengthen the workforce through improved training and preparation of peer workers. Behavioral health programs and organizations can use the core competencies to improve performance evaluations by providing a framework to discuss and assess performance. Core competencies have the potential to contribute to a ‘‘culture of competence’’ in which peer workers PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 could use the competencies to engage in accurate self-assessment and seek out experiences to improve their competencies. For peer workers, core competencies could help to clarify what is expected in their role and will assist them in assessing their own strengths and limitations as a provider of peer support. At this time, SAMHSA is requesting approval to use these two forms. The forms are described here: 1. Core Competencies Survey: The Core Competencies Survey was developed through an extensive process of literature reviews, synthesis of the competencies, expert panel review, and consensus-building activities. The Core Competencies Survey has 61 items and uses a 5-point Likert scale from 1unimportant to 5-very important. The items on the survey are specific competencies that were developed by the BRSS TACS team, their partners, and experts in peer-provided services in behavioral health. Respondents to the Core Competencies Survey will also complete a section on demographic characteristics of the participant’s gender, age, race/ethnicity, geographic location, level of education, monthly income, length of time as a peer worker, current field of employment, and certification status. Demographic data will be used to describe the survey respondents. The response to the current field of employment question will be used to categorize the respondent as working primarily in addiction services, mental health services, or services for people with cooccurring disorders, a variable that will be included in specific analyses of the data. 2. Peer Worker Telephone Interviews: Peer worker interviews will be conducted by telephone with 20 peer workers to gather descriptive details about the interviewees’ use of the core competencies included in the quantitative surveys, their opinions about specific competencies, and their beliefs about the usefulness of articulating core competencies for their peer worker roles. Qualitative interviews may also produce examples of how peer workers use specific competencies. The information gathered by the Core Competencies Survey and the Peer Worker Telephone Interview will help SAMHSA guide the behavioral health field with workforce development efforts related to peer workers. This information is crucial to providing technical assistance to states, behavioral health organizations, peer-run and recovery community organizations, and organizations and institutions that E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 43761 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 144 / Monday, July 28, 2014 / Notices provide training to peer workers in behavioral health. The chart below summarizes the annualized burden for this project. Number of respondents Type of respondent Responses per respondent Total number of responses Hours per response Total annual burden hours Peer workers for interview ............................................... Peer workers for survey ................................................... 20 100 1 1 20 100 1 1 20 200 Total .......................................................................... 120 .......................... 120 ........................ 220 Send comments to Summer King, SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer, Room 2–1057, One Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857 OR email her a copy at summer.king@samhsa.hhs.gov. Written comments should be received by September 26, 2014. Summer King, Statistician. [FR Doc. 2014–17646 Filed 7–25–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4162–20–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket ID FEMA–2014–0002; Internal Agency Docket No. FEMA–B–1418] Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Comments are requested on proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of any Base Flood Elevation (BFE), base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for the communities listed in the table below. The purpose of this notice is to seek general information and comment regarding the preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided to the affected communities. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In addition, mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:53 Jul 25, 2014 Jkt 232001 the FIRM and FIS report, once effective, will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings. DATES: Comments are to be submitted on or before October 27, 2014. ADDRESSES: The Preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report for each community are available for inspection at both the online location and the respective Community Map Repository address listed in the tables below. Additionally, the current effective FIRM and FIS report for each community are accessible online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov for comparison. You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. FEMA–B–1418, to Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–4064, or (email) Luis.Rodriguez3@fema.dhs.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–4064, or (email) Luis.Rodriguez3@fema.dhs.gov; or visit the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) online at www.floodmaps.fema. gov/fhm/fmx_main.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FEMA proposes to make flood hazard determinations for each community listed below, in accordance with section 110 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4104, and 44 CFR 67.4(a). These proposed flood hazard determinations, together with the floodplain management criteria required by 44 CFR 60.3, are the minimum that are required. They should not be construed to mean that the community must change any existing ordinances that are more stringent in their floodplain management requirements. The community may at any time enact PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 stricter requirements of its own or pursuant to policies established by other Federal, State, or regional entities. These flood hazard determinations are used to meet the floodplain management requirements of the NFIP and also are used to calculate the appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings built after the FIRM and FIS report become effective. The communities affected by the flood hazard determinations are provided in the tables below. Any request for reconsideration of the revised flood hazard information shown on the Preliminary FIRM and FIS report that satisfies the data requirements outlined in 44 CFR 67.6(b) is considered an appeal. Comments unrelated to the flood hazard determinations also will be considered before the FIRM and FIS report become effective. Use of a Scientific Resolution Panel (SRP) is available to communities in support of the appeal resolution process. SRPs are independent panels of experts in hydrology, hydraulics, and other pertinent sciences established to review conflicting scientific and technical data and provide recommendations for resolution. Use of the SRP only may be exercised after FEMA and local communities have been engaged in a collaborative consultation process for at least 60 days without a mutually acceptable resolution of an appeal. Additional information regarding the SRP process can be found online at http://floodsrp.org/pdfs/srp_ fact_sheet.pdf. The watersheds and/or communities affected are listed in the tables below. The Preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, FIS report for each community are available for inspection at both the online location and the respective Community Map Repository address listed in the tables. Additionally, the current effective FIRM and FIS report for each community are accessible online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov for comparison. E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1

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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: Identifying Core Competencies of Peer Workers in 
Behavioral Health Services (Behavioral Health Services--NEW)

    SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services' project, Bringing 
Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS 
TACS) is requesting the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) 
approval for a data collection project entitled, ``Identifying Core 
Competencies of Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services.'' The BRSS 
TACS team intends to use two instruments to collect original data to 
inform the ongoing development of core competencies for peer workers in 
behavioral health care services. These instruments are:

 Core Competencies Survey with Peer Workers
 Telephone Interview of Peer Workers

    The primary purpose for this information is to appraise the 
importance of specific competencies to the work of peer workers who are 
currently employed in behavioral health settings. The Core Competencies 
Survey will collect peer workers' ratings of the importance of 
different competencies to their work. The Telephone Interview of Peer 
Workers will collect peer workers' experiences with and opinions about 
the competencies on the survey. They will also be asked how they might 
use the competencies in their work. The Core Competencies Survey and 
the Telephone Interview are seen as critical to the development of core 
competencies for peer workers because they integrate the perspective of 
people who are currently employed as peer workers in the behavioral 
health care

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workforce and have been judged as competent by another colleague.
    While peer workers have become critical components of recovery-
oriented systems, paid peer positions and roles are relatively new 
additions to the behavioral health workforce. There are basic questions 
about how to define these roles. There are additional uncertainties 
about how best to prepare people in recovery for the role of peer 
worker and how to supervise and evaluate the job performance of peer 
workers. Developing a set of core competencies is an important step in 
responding to these questions and may be a valuable activity in 
expanding peer roles in behavioral health.
    Although training programs for peer workers in the behavioral 
health system have existed for over a decade, there have been no 
attempts to standardize the content or the models of training. To date, 
no national consensus defines standards for peer worker training 
programs. Training programs differ in length, ranging from 30 to 105 
hours of face-to-face training and vary widely in the knowledge and 
skills that they teach trainees (SAMHSA, 2012).
    The Core Competency Project will describe the foundational 
knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by peer workers to perform 
their roles in a wide variety of behavioral health programs and 
services. Peer-provided recovery support services typically involve 
providing social support, linking people to community resources, 
assisting with decision-making activities, and a host of educational 
and recreational activities (CSAT, 2009; SAMHSA, 2012). In addition, 
peer workers facilitate educational and support groups and advocate for 
service improvements. SAMHSA defines peer-provided recovery support as, 
``a set of non-clinical, peer-based activities that engage, educate and 
support an individual successfully to make life changes necessary to 
recover from disabling mental illness and/or substance use disorder 
conditions'' (CSAT, 2009). While some peer workers are performing 
advanced or specialized competencies within the behavioral health 
field, the core competencies described will include the foundational 
competencies required by all peer workers working in a variety of 
environments and with a diversity of people.
    It is critical to communicate to the behavioral health field and 
behavioral health authorities about the foundational knowledge, skills, 
and attitudes needed by peer workers. Because of the anticipated 
continued demand for peers in the behavioral health workforce, SAMHSA 
has prioritized the development of peer-delivered recovery support 
services across mental health and substance use disorder services. In 
an effort to deliver services of uniformly high quality, the core 
competencies of peer workers will be described so that states and other 
credentialing bodies will be able to establish uniform standards for 
peer workers.
    In addition, clear descriptions of core competencies will assist 
behavioral health authorities with their strategic workforce planning 
efforts. The description of core competencies will inform services and 
peer workforce training programs of the basic requirements needed by 
peer workers in behavioral health services. The competencies will 
provide guidance to behavioral health programs when writing job 
descriptions and performances evaluations. In many communities, job 
descriptions lack uniformity and specificity and do not reflect 
accurately the focus of peer-provided recovery support services.
    The results of these surveys will contribute to the creation of 
competency descriptions that will provide guidance to organizations, 
programs, states, and regions to strengthen their peer workforce 
development efforts. These core competencies will inform training 
programs and state certification entities about the essential skills, 
knowledge, and attitudes needed by peer workers in a range of roles in 
behavioral health services. Currently, 33 states offer certification 
for their peer workers and a growing number of states use Medicaid 
funds to reimburse for peer support services (Daniels et al., 2014). 
Despite the growth of the behavioral health peer workforce; there are 
inconsistencies in the requirements for these certifications across 
different states.
    For behavioral health organizations and programs, core competencies 
will provide guidance for job descriptions for peer workers and improve 
the recruitment of potential workers by providing fair and unbiased 
criteria for hiring and making sure everyone is assessed against the 
same framework. Core competency descriptions have the potential to 
strengthen the workforce through improved training and preparation of 
peer workers. Behavioral health programs and organizations can use the 
core competencies to improve performance evaluations by providing a 
framework to discuss and assess performance.
    Core competencies have the potential to contribute to a ``culture 
of competence'' in which peer workers could use the competencies to 
engage in accurate self-assessment and seek out experiences to improve 
their competencies. For peer workers, core competencies could help to 
clarify what is expected in their role and will assist them in 
assessing their own strengths and limitations as a provider of peer 
support.
    At this time, SAMHSA is requesting approval to use these two forms. 
The forms are described here:
    1. Core Competencies Survey: The Core Competencies Survey was 
developed through an extensive process of literature reviews, synthesis 
of the competencies, expert panel review, and consensus-building 
activities. The Core Competencies Survey has 61 items and uses a 5-
point Likert scale from 1-unimportant to 5-very important. The items on 
the survey are specific competencies that were developed by the BRSS 
TACS team, their partners, and experts in peer-provided services in 
behavioral health. Respondents to the Core Competencies Survey will 
also complete a section on demographic characteristics of the 
participant's gender, age, race/ethnicity, geographic location, level 
of education, monthly income, length of time as a peer worker, current 
field of employment, and certification status. Demographic data will be 
used to describe the survey respondents. The response to the current 
field of employment question will be used to categorize the respondent 
as working primarily in addiction services, mental health services, or 
services for people with co-occurring disorders, a variable that will 
be included in specific analyses of the data.
    2. Peer Worker Telephone Interviews: Peer worker interviews will be 
conducted by telephone with 20 peer workers to gather descriptive 
details about the interviewees' use of the core competencies included 
in the quantitative surveys, their opinions about specific 
competencies, and their beliefs about the usefulness of articulating 
core competencies for their peer worker roles. Qualitative interviews 
may also produce examples of how peer workers use specific 
competencies.
    The information gathered by the Core Competencies Survey and the 
Peer Worker Telephone Interview will help SAMHSA guide the behavioral 
health field with workforce development efforts related to peer 
workers. This information is crucial to providing technical assistance 
to states, behavioral health organizations, peer-run and recovery 
community organizations, and organizations and institutions that

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provide training to peer workers in behavioral health.
    The chart below summarizes the annualized burden for this project.

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                                   Number of     Responses per    Total number      Hours per      Total annual
      Type of respondent          respondents      respondent     of responses      response       burden hours
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Peer workers for interview....              20                1              20               1               20
Peer workers for survey.......             100                1             100               1              200
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    Total.....................             120  ...............             120  ..............              220
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Send comments to Summer King, SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer, Room 2-
1057, One Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857 OR email her a copy at 
summer.king@samhsa.hhs.gov. Written comments should be received by 
September 26, 2014.

Summer King,
Statistician.
[FR Doc. 2014-17646 Filed 7-25-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4162-20-P