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 providers. As a grant deliverable under the work of the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative (PHC ORI), it is one of the primary functions for the ACFP. The ACFP proudly takes on this role as well as 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.

Please note this is not a referral service.


  • Provide practical, evidence based, relevant complex clinical care continuing professional development (CPD) based on learning needs
  • Enhance the capacity of family physicians, their team and community partners in providing complex clinical care of patients with chronic pain and addiction
  • Enhance the quality of complex clinical care across the system
  • Provide the means for improving integration among primary and specialty care