The provider must develop written criteria and procedures for admission. Admission policy and procedures must be communicated clearly to CRS counselors.

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 Applicant or Consumer Representative, at the time of admission. In that case, the CRS counselor informs the provider that the consumer 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 consumer is admitted.