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 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 Colorado Chapter of iNAPS formed in 2011 meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from noon to 1:00 PM. It is also open to all peer and family supporters statewide. The meetings are held via conference call for easy access across the state of Colorado. There is no cost to join the local chapter. Membership benefits include monthly meeting reminders including meeting minutes to share information about important issues, job opportunities, and educational opportunities. Each meeting includes time for support and networking. The organization has also provided the opportunity for members to participate in the development of the role in Colorado including revision of peer support competencies and the certification process.
To join the organization, email your name and phone number to CMWN program coordinator, Jennifer Hill at [email protected]