Only the counselor may make an eligibility determination. The counselor does so by carefully reviewing information provided by the consumer, the consumer’s family or representative, physicians who have examined or treated the consumer, and data from other professional agencies who have knowledge of the consumer. CRS program staff members also use existing information from previous episodes of care.

If additional assessments are necessary to determine whether a consumer is eligible, the assessment must be conducted in the most integrated setting possible and be consistent with the consumer's needs and informed choice.

Do not use CRS funds to pay for assessments that require inpatient hospitalization.