Certificate of Need
Certificate of Need (CON) programs are utilized by approximately 37 states to help maintain quality of care, control a portion of the health care costs of communities, and promote rational distribution of certain health care services. CON requires that individuals or health care facilities seeking to initiate or expand services submit applications to the State. Approval must be obtained before initiating projects that require capital expenditures above certain dollar thresholds, introduce new services, or expand beds or services. Montana's CON program has existed since 1975. Currently, the Program is organized within the Licensure Bureau of the Quality Assurance Division of the Department of Public Health and Human Services.