Amanda Wollschlager, a care coordinator with Bluestone Physician Services, was invited to join the Chippewa County Opioid Community Task Force. On May 1, she spoke at a press conference about rural Minnesota drug addiction and community resources along with Senator Amy Klobuchar.

(Left to right) Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Bluestone’s Amanda Wollschlager and Shelly Elkington, member of the Chippewa County Opioid Task Force

Among topics at the press conference was the announcement of a new program offering Suboxone to treat opioid addiction. The program is in partnership with St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls, Minn.

Wollschlager was chosen to speak because care coordination is unique to the area. Care coordination is an insurance benefit that all members with certain health insurance plans receive. Bluestone is one of the clinics that offer this care. Care coordinators like Wollschlager are either nurses or social workers who provide services including annual face-to-face assessments, care planning and coordination of both equipment and services.