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Privacy, Accessibility, and FOIA Policy

Read the information found below for an overview of the SAMHSA NREPP Web site privacy policy and Section 508 accessibility compliance.

Privacy Policy

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Web site, of which the SAMHSA NREPP Web site is a part, has a clear privacy policy. When you visit this site, no personal information is collected about you unless you provide that information to us. However, some general information about your visit may be automatically collected. This includes:

  • The domain or Internet address from which you are accessing the Internet (this identifies your service provider; it does not necessarily identify you personally)
  • The date and time of your visit
  • The pages you visited
  • If you entered the NREPP Web site from a link on another site (such as a search engine), the address of that Web site

This information is collected and used for statistical purposes only and to help us make our site more useful to visitors. Unless specifically stated otherwise on this site, no additional information will be collected about you.

Personally Provided Information

If you choose to provide additional information about yourself through email, forms, surveys, etc., NREPP will maintain the information only as long as needed to respond to your question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and SAMHSA do not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about visitors to its Web sites unless required for law enforcement or statute.

Intrusion Detection

This Web site is maintained by the U.S. Government and is protected by various provisions of Title 18 of the U.S. Code. Violations of Title 18 are subject to criminal prosecution in Federal court. For site security purposes and to ensure continued availability of this service to all users, software programs are used to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage. In the event of authorized law enforcement investigations, and pursuant to any required legal processes, information from these sources may be used to help identify an individual.

Systems of Records

Electronic records are maintained and destroyed pursuant to the Federal Records Act and in some cases may be subject to the Privacy Act. If information that you submit is to be used in a Privacy Act system of records, a Privacy Act Notice will be provided.

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Section 508 Accessibility

SAMHSA is committed to ensuring access to NREPP Web pages for all individuals including those with disabilities. To meet this commitment, this site complies with the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Synopsis of Section 508 Accessibility Requirements

Section 508 requires that when Federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology (EIT), Federal employees with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that of Federal employees who have no disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. Section 508 also requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from a Federal agency, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that of the public, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency.

Although Federal agencies have an explicit statutory obligation to make all EIT that they develop, maintain, or use compliant with Section 508, the current emphasis is on newly procured EIT because it is the category that is explicitly enforceable by legal action. Procurement awards made on or after June 25, 2001, are subject to Section 508 (see FAR Final Rule).

According to the Access Board, the Section 508 requirements do not apply retroactively to preexisting EIT. Specifically, the "Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards: Economic Assessment," states that "The standards are to be applied prospectively and do not require Federal agencies to retrofit existing electronic and information technology. As agencies upgrade and change their electronic and information technology, they must comply with the standards." (See Chapter 2.1, Final Standards.)

It should be noted that other Federal regulations and guidelines (e.g., Section 501 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act) require equal access for individuals with disabilities. Therefore, Federal agencies are required, upon request, to provide information and data to individuals with disabilities through an alternative means of access that can be used by the individuals.

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FOIA Requests

The NREPP Web site is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Any Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests concerning this Web site should be submitted in accordance with the Department's FOIA guidelines, which are online at

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