The International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. It was begun by a small group of peer specialists in Michigan interested in what was happening in other states. Founded in 2004, the organization now includes members from every state and several countries outside the US. Members of this network can come together to share their ideas and innovations, exchange resources and information based on real world application, and add their voice to others when concerns and issues affecting all of us require a global response from a global community. We are actively and intentionally working on making iNAPS a more inclusive and safe space for individuals who have historically been marginalized.

 

The Benefits of Membership

There are several benefits of staying involved with the International Association of Peer Supporters. Many of us have become close friends and we have a great time when we get together. Of course we also have a common interest, and we hope to further our cause. The more of us there are, the stronger our voice when advocating for peer specialists.

iNAPS is a thriving community that publishes newsletters and news updates, develops and shares access to recovery and peer support information, conducts surveys, and reports on the current status and trends in the peer workforce. Monthly networking calls allow you to share in building the future of peer support.

The INAPS Conference is the longest running internationally attended conference devoted completely to peer support practices. The conference brings together members of the peer support movement to share ideas, strategies, and innovative programs and ideas. Members receive a significant discount on conference registration.

This series of free webinars  are available to all, but only members may receive certificates of attendance.

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We also have several committees to help you get involved. Please click here for a list or our most active committees.

We have also been working on Supervision Guidelines and developing a Standard Occupational Classification for Peer Support Specialists under the Department of Labor. Members may have the opportunity to participate in focus groups to further develop these projects that will benefit all peer supporters.