About the CMN

How It Began

The CMN was developed and continues to address the urgent need of local treatment options within primary care settings by building capacity and competencies within family physicians and primary care team members such as nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and social workers. The CMN was initiated under the work of the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative (PHC ORI), and now continues after the completion of the initiative. The ACFP proudly continues the work of the CMN, which includes supporting additional knowledge translation and education opportunities for its members.

Responding to the Crisis

In December 2016, the Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) struck the Opioid Response Task Force. The Task Force brought together a group of concerned family physicians and stakeholder partners to discuss possible solutions to tackle the crisis. Through consultation and experience the Opioid Response Task Force created a list of recommendations focussing on several systemic issues that have contributed to the opioid crisis and other chronic disease management challenges. This list would go on to inspire the work of the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative (PHC ORI). Through strong, collaborative working relationships the ACFP and other partner organizations, are offering: training for family physicians and primary care providers to offer treatment, medication, and care to patients and families affected by the opioid crisis.

After the PHC ORI came to an end, the ACFP endeavored to continue and expand the work and scope of the CMN. Through support from Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addiction Program, the ACFP is able to expand the CMN to include primary care multidisciplinary teams members. The CMN continues to look for unique and adaptive ways to increase the capacity of primary care teams in the areas of chronic pain and substance use.

Please note this is not a referral service.


  • Provide practical, evidence based, and relevant complex clinical care continuing professional development (CPD) and supporting reference material based on learning needs
  • Enhance the capacity of family physicians, their team and increase connections to community partners in providing complex clinical care of patients with chronic pain and addiction
  • Provide a platform for integration among primary care and specialty care
  • Include persons with lived experience in the educational components of this network