April 6, 2016
By Douglas Moak*
On April 5, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published a notice seeking comments related to the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Act. The PAIMI Act authorizes grant funds to support activities by state protection and advocacy systems on behalf of individuals with significant mental illness or emotional impairment. The Act requires each state protection and advocacy system to prepare an annual report that describes its activities, accomplishments, and expenditures to protect the rights of individuals with mental illness that were supported with payments from PAIMI program allotments during the most recently completed fiscal year.
SAMHSA is specifically seeking comments on: (1) whether the proposed collections of information are necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) 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.
Comments are due by June 6 and should be sent to:
Summer King, SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Access SAMHSA’s notice seeking comments.
*We would like to thank Douglas L. Moak (Stevens & Lee PC, King of Prussia, PA) for providing this email alert.