Certificate of Need (CON) laws provide state level review
of the need for additional health care resources in a
General CON regulations on medical services have been
Little attention has been paid to state CON regulations
for psychiatric and substance abuse care and their
impacts on the efficiency supply of services.
No effort has been made to document the current
status of CON laws on psychiatric and substance abuse
care and state characteristics influencing nationwide
Surveyed the current status of CON using state CON
websites and Lexis/Nexus (a legal databases of state
statutes and regulations).
The research demonstrates the need for further
exploration of the impact of CON on the availability of
mental health and substance abuse services and
subsequently relevant population health outcomes