The International Association of Peer Supporters, Inc., formerly the National Association of Peer Specialists (NAPS), is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to promoting peer support in mental health systems.
Founded in November 2004 by a group of avid peer supporters, the organization has quickly grown with members and supporters from every state and several countries outside the U.S.
Today iNAPS is made up of a small group of dedicated volunteers who believe in the peer support movement who are always seeking new ways to spread the word about the effectiveness of education, training, hiring, and inclusion of peer supporters, advocates, and recovery coaches in all aspects of mental, behavioral, and physical health care. iNAPS publishes monthly newsletters, offers discounts on recovery-oriented materials, provides access to recovery and peer support information, conducts surveys of education, job satisfaction and salaries, reports on the current status of the profession, and hosts an annual national conference (attended by peers around the world) which brings together peer support providers and those who champion the peer support movement to share ideas, strategies, and innovative programs ideas.
In 2013, the name of the organization was changed to the International Association of Peer Supporters to reflect the global membership.
Recent accomplishments include development and release of the National Practice Guidelines for Peer Support Providers, 20 free webinars (hosted by Optum) that are being used for continuing education in most states, and a SAMHSA-Funded curriculum called Next Steps designed specifically for experienced peer support providers to be able to bring an immersion experience back to facilitate as a learning collaborative with their professional colleagues in their local communities.
With a commitment to support the international community of people who provide peer support and their champions, we look forward to further growth and sharing worldwide.
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