About Us

The purpose of SHPDA is to “promote accessibility for all the people of the State to quality health care services at reasonable cost.”

SHPDA brochure coverTo accomplish this purpose, SHPDA’s functions are to:

  • Administer the State’s Certificate of Need (CON) program
  • Serve as staff in the preparation, revision, and implementation of the State’s Health Services and Facilities Plan
  • Conduct studies and investigations regarding the causes of health care costs
  • Promote the sharing of facilities or services by health care providers to achieve economies of scale and restrict unusual costly services
  • Conduct coordinated health planning activities and determine health needs of the State.


To learn about the history and purpose of SHPDA, please view SHPDA’s Orientation/Powerpoint Presentation please click here.

American Health Planning Association

For more information about health services planning and certificate-of-need, please visit


Articles on Certificate-of-Need

Regulation or Competition?

An Old-Fashioned Way to Control Costs

Mortality in Medicare Beneficiaries Following Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery in States With and Without Certificate of Need Regulation

New Cardiac Surgery Programs Established From 1993 To 2004 Led To Little Increased Access, Substantial Duplication Of Services

Do More Hospital Beds Lead to Higher Hospitalization Rates? A Spatial Examination of Roemer’s Law