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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 — including Australia, Canada, Japan and Belgium.

iNAPS added the “i”  to its name in 2013 to reflect the growing interest in peer support  worldwide. iNAPS recognizes that there are distinctions between peer support in the U.S. and peer support in other countries. And while our infrastructure for peer support services may be vastly different, we are still linked in multiple ways, especially in our shared concerns about human rights, and our belief  in the power of relationships to heal.

By committing to an international component, iNAPS is positioned to support the ever-expanding network of peer supporters, their allies, friends, and communities. 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.

Information on Peer Support

iNAPS publishes a monthly newsletter, and conducts webinars on themes pertinent to peer support practice. Members of iNAPS can receive continuing education certificates. Check with your agency about this. Our website contains news updates, resources, and information for peer support providers, volunteers, and allies. iNAPS has partnered with others to conduct surveys, and to develop reports on the current status and trends in the peer support workforce. iNAPS hosts the longest running national conference (attended by peer supporters and those who hire them from around the world) which brings together members of the peer support movement to share ideas, strategies, and innovative programs and ideas.

A Sample of iNAPS ACcomplishments 

2018 – Celebrating our Twelfth Annual Conference

2014 – Recovery to Practice Next Steps Curriculum in partnership with DBSA for SAMHSA

2013 – National Practice Guidelines for Peer Supporters


For Peer Support Providers

To the delight of many–but, significantly, not all–in the peer support movement, many new credentials and training programs are emerging and being recognized by employers, funding agencies and regulatory bodies, including insurance companies and state departments of mental health.  We at iNAPS acknowledge the complexity and the many different aspects of this growing phenomenon, and have not endorsed any one credential or training over another. 

Any statement or implication that we “approve” or “endorse” a particular credential is simply not true.

We led the effort to develop Practice Guidelines for Peer Supporters which achieved a 98% approval rating among 1000 peer supporters across the U.S.,and which have been used worldwide, but that is the limit of our involvement in any national or international credentialing or national training efforts.

Line icon. TargetClick to view: National Practice Guidelines for Peer Support Providers, which achieved a 98% level of agreement from 1000 peer supporters who participated in focus groups and surveys during the development of core values and a set of practical guidelines for the emerging peer workforce.

We have offered a Free Webinar Series (hosted by Optum) that has been attended by over 3000 with more than 1500 certificates of attendance issued for continuing education credits in various states. (Certificates are a member benefit of joining iNAPS).

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A nationally recognized Peer Specialist Training Manual, authored by iNAPS founding director, Steve Harrington, that has been translated into several languages and used worldwide since 2007 in the training of peer specialists.

Line icon. CareerA SAMHSA-Funded curriculum called Next Steps was designed by iNAPS in collaboration with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) 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.

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The establishment of an annual Global Peer Supporter Recognition Day. This year’s date will be Thursday, October 19, 2017.

Line icon. MissionWith a commitment to support the international community of people who provide peer support and their champions, our mission is to support the growth and sharing of peer support worldwide.

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