The International Association of Peer Supporters is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of peer support services worldwide. Founded in November 2004 by a group of avid peer supporters, the organization has quickly grown with members from every state and several countries outside the U.S.
In 2013, the name of the organization was changed from the National Association of Peer Specialists (NAPS) to the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) to be more inclusive of all peer workers, not just those with a peer specialist certification, and to to reflect the increasingly global membership.
Today iNAPS is made up of people who provide peer support services in a wide range of settings, people who supervise or lead teams that include peer providers, recovery educators and trainers, recovery coaches and addiction recovery specialists, researchers, family member supporters, executive directors and administrators for consumer operated or peer-run organizations, state and federal policy makers, global peer leaders, licensed professionals, and people in many other roles who endorse and champion the peer support movement.
The all volunteer staff of iNAPS publishes monthly newsletters and regular news updates, offers discounts on recovery-oriented materials, provides access to recovery and peer support information, conducts surveys, reports on the current status and trends in the peer workforce, 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 and ideas.
Recent accomplishments include:
National Practice Guidelines for Peer Support Providers, which achieved a 98% level of agreement from 1000 peer supporters who participated in the development
Series of Free Webinars (hosted by Optum) that started in 2013 and have been attended by over 3000 with more than 2000 certificates of attendance used for continuing education credits in various states.
A SAMHSA-Funded curriculum called Next Steps that was designed specifically for experienced peer workers to share best practices and bring this collaborative immersion experience back to peers and professional colleagues in their local communities
The establishment of an annual Global Peer Supporter Recognition Day, which will be held this year on October 15, 2015.
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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