You may purchase an assistive or adaptive device when your consumer's therapeutic need requires it. Be aware, however, that many assistive and adaptive products on the market today do not meet the CRS program’s best-value purchasing criteria (see Chapter 24: Purchasing Goods and Services for Consumers, 24.3.2 Best Value Purchasing).

For example, technologically advanced products that are not shown to be safe and effective by independent clinical evidence do not meet best-value criteria and must not be purchased. If the requested device is questionable or if you are uncertain about whether a product meets CRS best-value criteria, contact the CRS central office staff member for guidance.