HHS Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated to the Public. III. Types of Information Disseminated


All publications that carry the SAMHSA imprimatur, i.e., that are considered official SAMHSA publications or releases, must follow SAMHSA policy and procedures for preparation, review, approval, and distribution. The types of information disseminated by SAMHSA to the public include the following, however, the OMB guidelines are not directly applicable to all the information in these categories (See Section II):

Scientific Research Papers, Books, Journal Articles, etc. These may be in the form of a book, chapter of a book or textbook, monograph, journal article, proceedings, or the like. These are generally authored or co-authored by SAMHSA staff as part of their official duties and may be authored by working groups convened by SAMHSA. This category also includes grant project description (e.g., abstracts of funded grant proposal available through the NIH Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects database), bibliographies, collections of abstracts, reviews, and recurring reports. Summaries of grant findings may be released in the form provided by the investigator, or the investigator-supplied information may be used as the basis of a narrative describing a particular program area. These summaries may be used for many purposes, including in meeting annual reporting requirements, such as the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). Highlights of findings may be posted on the SAMHSA web site and may be found in testimonies and speeches by SAMHSA staff in many venues, including annual Appropriations Hearings, presentations on SAMHSA funding opportunities, and literature reviews.

Official Reports, Brochures, Documents, and Audiovisual Productions. This category includes:

Summaries and Analyses of Data Collection Activities. Periodically, SAMHSA publishes summaries of its data collection activities, such as the annual Summary of Main findings from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse and preliminary estimates from the Drug Abuse Warning Network.

Evaluation and Program Findings. SAMHSA sponsors a variety of evaluation and other activities which lead to major publications such as the recently completed National Treatment Improvement Evaluation Study. SAMHSA also publishes information derived from its grant and contract sponsored programs such as the National Estimates of Expenditures for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment.

Grant and Contract Funding Opportunities. The SAMHSA web site is the official vehicle for announcing the availability of SAMHSA funds for discretionary grants and contracts. Current and past SAMHSA funding opportunities are available on the SAMHSA web site, along with other information on grants policy, peer review, award data, contacts, application forms, and CRISP database.

Guidelines. This type of information is issued after careful review and deliberation of available scientific evidence, usually with the assistance of a panel of outside experts and is generally associated with a formal meeting or consensus panel specifically convened for the purpose. Prime examples are the Treatment Improvement Protocols published by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, SAMHSA.

Oral or Written Information. This category includes official speeches, editorials, commentaries, Letters-to-the-Editor only if they are provided by SAMHSA staff representing official SAMHSA viewpoints.

Statistical Information. Examples of statistical information published by SAMHSA include annual appropriations by SAMHSA's Centers or Offices, employment data (e.g., numbers of staff and staffing by professional degree), and data books (e.g., the annual Summary of Findings for the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse).