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Community Recovery Services

The goal of Community Recovery Services (CRS) is to help people living with a mental illness make the most of life. CRS clients work with service providers to improve their quality of life in the community. The process focuses on planning for certain outcomes. It also finds the best ways to support each person’s unique recovery needs.

Who is eligible

CRS is for people who:

  • Have been diagnosed with a mood disorder, schizophrenia, or another psychotic disorder.
  • Have a functional need for community help.

Most CRS services are for adults and teens, not children.

What services are covered

CRS includes three main services:

  • Community living supportive services—Activities meant to help a person succeed at community living. Examples include:
  • Access to community resources
  • House cleaning
  • Meal planning and cooking
  • Medicine reminders
  • Help with watching medicine side effects
  • Money management
  • Personal hygiene
  • Shopping
  • Social and fun activities
  • Skill development
    • Crisis coping
    • Emotional regulation
    • Interpersonal
    • Parenting
    • Recovery management
  • Transportation
  • Peer support services—Activities that include help from people who’ve lived with a mental illness. Peers are trained to support others in recovery.
  • Supported employment services—Activities that help with getting and keeping a good job. Learn more about Individual Placement and Support.

Find a CRS program near me

CRS is offered in 17 counties. Each county that participates in CRS helps with enrollment and getting services. Contact your county agency to learn more about their local CRS enrollment process.

These counties offer CRS:

  • Buffalo
  • Chippewa
  • Clark
  • Dane
  • Eau Claire
  • Forest
  • Jefferson
  • Juneau
  • La Crosse
  • Oneida
  • Pierce
  • Richland
  • Sheboygan
  • Vilas
  • Walworth
  • Waukesha
  • Wood

Who to contact for help

For questions or concerns about CRS, email the Division of Care and Treatment Services—  

Last revised August 17, 2023