From Our Founder, Steve Harrington


Welcome to our web site! Here, you will find information about our organization. We have over 5000 subscribers, members, and supporters from across the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan and we continue to grow our international network with information about the peer specialist profession.

My name is Steve Harrington and I am the founder of the International Association of Peer Supporters. In addition to being an author, lawyer, keynote presenter, small business (micro-enterprise) owner, and conference organizer, I have been engaged in my own recovery journey for many years and have found, of all the different titles and roles, being a peer support provider to be the most rewarding job I’ve ever had.

Peer support, as a non-clinical practice in mental health and behavioral health, is growing rapidly and iNAPS has emerged as an advocate for the inclusion of peer supporters throughout service systems in all settings at the state and federal levels. It is indeed exciting to see growth in peer support and our organization at the same time.

Each year, the NAPS National Peer Support Conference offers exciting workshops and presentations and opportunities for peer support providers to network with others from around the world. Following the national conference in Philadelphia in 2012, NAPS embarked upon an inclusive process which led to the development and publication of the National Practice Guidelines for Peer Supporters, which was ratified by over 1000 peer providers across the U.S. and has been used by groups around the world, including the World Health Organization in their upcoming QualityRights Tool Kit training.

In 2015, I had to take a medical leave and the organization has carried on through the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers. Please feel free to contact them if you have questions or ideas for how to continue to grow the organization. They can be reached by email at [email protected].

Live it up!!
Steve Harrington