Rep. Antonio Delgado to Bring Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann to State of the Union

January 29, 2020
Press Release

Delgado and Volkmann Seek to Highlight Importance of Addressing Opioid Epidemic at State of the Union

Chief Volkmann developed the successful “Chatham Cares 4 U” program which creates pathways to recovery for those struggling with addiction.

KINGSTON, NY — Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) announced he will bring Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann to the State of the Union on Tuesday, February 4. Chief Volkmann developed the “Chatham Cares 4 U” (CC4U) Initiative, which creates pathways to recovery by connecting users of opioids and other addictive drugs to resources instead of incarcerating them. He received the 2018 Police Assisted and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) Leadership Award for his work with CC4U. Last fall, Delgado convened a panel discussion with law enforcement officers including Chief Volkmann, medical professionals, non-profit organizations, and those in recovery from addiction to discuss combating the opioid crisis throughout New York’s 19th Congressional District and upstate communities.

“Addressing the opioid epidemic in our communities is an urgent priority. My heart breaks every time I am confronted with a constituent—be it a mother, a sibling, or a father—who has had to endure the pain of loss to addiction,” said Delgado. “Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann is working on the front lines and doing life-saving work to respond to overdoses, connect individuals with treatment facilities, and hear from patients about living in recovery from the disease that is addiction. His innovative program in Columbia County is a model for the country when it comes to opioid treatment and recovery. We know it will take working at all levels of government to end the opioid epidemic, and that’s why I’m lucky to have Chief Volkmann as a partner in these efforts. I’m pleased he will join me for the State of the Union as we send a powerful message that this crisis demands urgent action.”

“I’m honored to join Representative Delgado at the State of the Union on Tuesday,” Volkmann said. “The opioid epidemic is hurting our upstate communities, and we need coordinated action at a local and national level. I’m grateful for the work that Representative Delgado has done already to support our community and I look forward to working closely with him as we continue our efforts.”

As a member of the Freshman Working Group on Addiction, Rep. Delgado has made addressing the cause of opioid addiction a top priority in Congress. Rep. Delgado joined colleagues on both sides of the aisle to introduce the bipartisan Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act. The bill, H.R. 2482, would end an outdated redundancy in federal law that restricts health providers from prescribing buprenorphine, a proven treatment that has helped countless Americans suffering with a substance use disorder. Providers can already prescribe the medication for pain management but are forced to go through a burdensome process to apply for a special DEA waiver to prescribe it to treat addiction. Additionally, Rep. Delgado introduced the Save Lives Act to ban opioid drug manufacturers’ corporate PACs from donating to political campaigns. 

Peter Volkmann, MSW graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Mercy College and received his Masters in Social Work from Fordham University.  Peter is a faculty member for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) in Ellicott City, MD in which he received the 2017 recipient of the ICISF Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) internationally. Because of his vast experience in the different rescue fields and the social work profession, Peter is utilized as a crisis interventionist and trainer for rescue departments, government municipalities, schools, and corporate organizations around the United States who have experienced traumatic events. Peter developed “Law Enforcement Perspectives Course for CISM Enhancement” which is an approved course of ICISF. He has trained and assisted the startup of numerous critical incident response teams throughout the United States. 

Peter is presently Police Chief of Chatham Police and received recognition that the Village of Chatham NY was deemed the safest Village in New York State in 2015.  Peter has developed “Chatham Cares 4 U” (CC4U) Initiative in which any person can request help for opioid addiction and a treatment bed will be arranged with transportation…guaranteed. He is also the Police Commissioner of the City of Hudson, NY Police Department.  Peter has testified before NYS Assembly and NYS Senate on the NYS opioid crisis.  He was invited and attended the White House in 2018 to a national opioid crisis forum of “Best Practices to the Opioid Crisis”.  He has received the 2018 Police Assisted and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) Leadership Award for his work with CC4U.  He is a national speaker for the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP).  Peter was also the Columbia Greene Community College Zone 14 Police Academy Director for two years.  He is the Wellness Director of Schenectady NY PD Peer Support Team.  Peter is a Member of the Board for Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene. He considers his greatest law enforcement accomplishment being a first responder on 9-11-01 to the World Trade Center Disaster.