InterNational Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) Upcoming Events


Khatera Aslami Tamplen, uses her lived experience of fleeing the Afghan-Soviet War, struggling with mental health, losing a child, and overcoming obstacles to create movements to eliminate health inequities and mental health prejudice and discrimination from society.  She has lived experience with the public and private mental health system and is passion about paving the way for more peer specialist services. Khatera is involved in her local community through her role as the Office of Consumer Empowerment Manager for Alameda County and as a member of the Pool of Consumer Champions. She was appointed by Governor Brown in 2013 to the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and was voted as the 2019 Chair. Khatera was recently appointed to serve on SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Committee.  She supports consumer run organizations and was a founding member of the California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations and former executive director of P.E.E.R.S.

13th Annual Conference!

Crowne Plaza San Diego

October 21-23, 2019

For complete information and registration please visit our website here

Deadline for PROPOSALS
Extended to July 1!


Webinar #41: The Tools of Innovation: Design Thinking in Peer Services with Michael Lane


Innovation is rarely accidental.  Uber. The iPhone. Spotify. Cold cereal. These innovations were all created using the principles of Design Thinking, a highly creative but structured approach to creating products and services that fulfill real human needs. These principles and tools can be applied to designing behavioral health services, even peer services.

Like peer support, Design Thinking tools and methodologies are specifically designed to be collaborative, share power, and put the human at the center. In this webinar, together we’ll look at a real-world problem and explore how Design Thinking reconnects us to human needs. We will reflect on how YOU can use the tools to work in your context.

Michael Lane’s experience in peer support emerged from his experience transcending what some may call “serious mental illness.” Living beyond and drawing from that past, Michael has evaluated, led and/or transformed how peer support and other behavioral services are delivered in many settings. He has as worked as peer supporter in a mental health clinic, served in leadership roles in advocacy, and directed a large Peer-operated Wellness & Recovery Center in Sacramento, California. Currently, he is the Director of Individual & Family Affairs in Fairfax County, the most populous County in Virginia.  Michael studied Drama at UC Irvine, holds a Master’s in Education from University of the Pacific, with a concentration in Organizational Learning.  He has a passion for innovation that changes lives.

Thursday June 27th, Noon (Eastern Time)

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Seeking Consensus on National Practice Guidelines for Supervisors of Peer Support Specialists

In 2013, after extensive participation of peer supporters throughout the U.S. and internationally, the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) released National Practice Guidelines for Peer Supporters. Twelve key values were identified and validated, and practices described that were consistent with the ethical guidelines.

With the continued growth of the peer workforce during the past six years, increased attention has turned to supervision of peer support workers, also known as peer specialists and many other titles. In 2018, iNAPS convened a Supervision Workgroup that reviewed existing reports, curricula and webinars related to supervision of peer support workers. As a result, a Supervision page was established on the iNAPS website with resources available to all. iNAPS also offers monthly online discussions for peer support workers and for supervisors.

The Workgroup members then began to draft National Practice Guidelines for Supervisors of Peer Support Specialists, consistent with the 2013 Guidelines for Peer Supporters.  The Supervision Workgroup sought input on the draft Guidelines from working peer support specialists and supervisors throughout the U.S. The Workgroup members revised the draft Guidelines based on feedback received during  four focus groups and from written communication.

We are now seeking agreement on the final draft of these guidelines before presentation at the October 2019 iNAPS conference in San Diego, CA.

On behalf of iNAPS, we thank you in advance for responding to the survey by July 1, 2019.


Looking for Members for
Our Board of Directors!

As we consider the future leadership of iNAPS in 2019 and beyond, we need board members and officers who can dedicate the time, energy, and commitment to iNAPS, and who collectively have the skills, experience, and connections required for iNAPS to accomplish its organizational goals. The iNAPS Board seeks diversity of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, experience and geography that are currently under represented. All other domains of diversity are welcomed and encouraged.

If you are interested please apply by July 15, 2019!

Board application

The slate for the Board of Directors will be voted on during the annual meeting at the 13th Annual Conference in San Diego in October.

Announcing!! Formation of a new group:  The Coalition to Advance Peer Recovery in Integrated Care Everywhere (CAPRICE)!

At the 12th Annual Conference in Orlando a group discussed Integrated Care and the value of Peer Support. As a result, Jo Bower from the Northeast Independent Living Community created the idea to form this Coalition. The Coalition’s first monthly meeting will take place Friday, July 19th from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M. The call-in number for this virtual gathering will be:  781-448-4165 (no passcode).

Please RSVP by filling out the registration form at We look forward to talking with you then!!

The first meeting will feature discussion of hopes and needs for peer involvement in the new Integrated Care models sweeping the country, as well as brainstorming strategies to help take our advocacy to the next level.

Peer Support Networking Call

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 12:00pm (ET)

This is an opportunity for anyone involved in peer support to network with others around ideas and issues you face related to peer support work. We are particularly interested in the opportunities and challenges you face in following the National Practice Guidelines for Peer Supporters.

Register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

 Help needed for a brief online survey of about 20-30 minutes about experiences of making lifestyle changes to improve physical health. View flyer here.

The Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Webinar Series

On June 25, July 16 and July 30 from 11 AM – 12 noon EDT,  a series of three webinars on  “Peer Workforce and Mental Health System Change: Promise and Practice.”

The webinar dates and titles are:

June 25:  “Is the Past Prologue? From Insane Asylums to Peer Support Workforce”

July 16:    “The Logic of Scientific Revolutions: Peer Support Workforce and Mental Health System Transformation”

July 30:     “Chop Wood and Carry Water: Key Elements in Progressive Peer Workforce Practice”

Registration for the June 25 Webinar is available at

The subsequent webinars can be accessed from and registration will be available via the Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center website

The webinars will be recorded and archived at the Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center website.

The purpose of the webinars is to share and synthesize relevant information and resources on peer support workforce.


California Association of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations (CAMHPRO) is an incorporated non-profit consumer-run statewide organization consisting of member entities which are consumer-run organizations and programs, and individuals.

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