Counselors make purchasing decisions using principles of good stewardship.

Before using CRS funds, you must use available comparable services and benefits to pay for services in whole or in part. You must provide the consumer with information on available public and private comparable services and benefits. The consumer, as a partner in the CRS process, must use comparable services and benefits from other programs for which he or she is eligible. Using comparable services and benefits ensures that CRS dollars are spent efficiently.