Civil Monetary Penalty or Civil Money Penalty FAQ's

CMP stands for Civil Monetary Penalty or Civil Money Penalty. Civil Monetary Penalties or CMPs are fines imposed on nursing facilities by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that do not meet federal health and safety standards. Montana receives a portion of the funds collected to be reinvested in support of projects that improve the overall quality of life and/or care for nursing facility residents.

Nursing facility providers, nursing home stakeholders, and other organizations are encouraged and invited to submit CMP fund grant applications for the development and implementation of quality improvement and innovative initiatives that directly or indirectly benefit nursing home residents. Organizations that may qualify for use of CMP grant funds include but are not limited to: consumer advocacy organizations, nursing home associations, ombudsmen’s, universities, private contractors, non-profits and for-profit corporations.

Examples of eligible organizations include, but are not limited to:

  • Consumer advocacy organizations
  • Resident or family councils
  • Professional or State nursing home associations
  • CMS-certified LTC facilities [Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), Nursing Facility (NF)]
  • Vendors
  • State agencies
  • Academic institutions

No, CMP funds can only be used to benefit residents in certified LTC facilities/nursing homes. LTC CMP funds cannot be used for settings such as assisted living facilities, hospitals, or adult day health care.

No. CMP grants are only available for initiatives that are outside the scope of normal facility operations. They cannot be used to fund goods or services that the applicant already offers or is required to provide by state or federal law or regulation.

Check out our website for more information programs and projects we have funded. Insert Link to tracking sheet.

Other states have used CMP funds for projects and programs such as (to name just a few)

  • Collaborative Safety
  • Eldergrow
  • Improve dementia care and reduce the use of antipsychotics
  • Improve the quality of care for deaf and deaf-blinds residents
  • A culture change conference for staff
  • Reducing hospital readmission through the Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT) program

CMS also has examples posted on their website for additional best practices such as

  • Reducing Adverse Events and Improving Dementia Care Toolkits
  • Head to Toe Infection Prevention (H2T) Toolkit
  • Developing a Restful Environment Action Manual (DREAM) Toolkit
  • Improving Staff Competency and Employee Satisfaction Toolkits.


We accept applications twice per year on February 28th and August 31st with funding awarded in April and October pending CMS review and consideration. 

Applications are first reviewed by the CMP Committee at the state and if approved at the state level, then the application is sent to CMS for their review and consideration. The state committee is comprised of the Senior and Long Term Care Division Administrator, Community Services Bureau Chief, Facility-based Services Section Supervisor, Licensing and Certification staff from the Office of the Inspector General at DPHHS, and the CMP Program Manager.

Senior and Long Term Care Division

For General Help & Questions
(406) 444-4077 (SLTC Central Office)