The provider must develop written criteria and procedures for admission. Admission policy and procedures must be communicated clearly in writing with requirements to CRS counselors as requested. Any changes or updates must be communicated once completed. It is the provider’s responsibility to notify CRS staff of their procedures.

The criteria and procedures do not release the provider from the obligation to obtain consent from the consumer, guardian, or representative before using restrictive procedures or behavior modification plans. Representative signatures are not valid, unless the consumer completes Form 1487, Designation of Representative, at the time of admission. In that case, the CRS counselor informs the provider that the participant has agreed to be represented and has a signed Form 1487.

The provider is encouraged to develop a referral form for use by the counselors. The form should list available services and admission criteria. It should also capture the information required before the participant is admitted.