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.

Resilience Inc. Newsletter: June 17, 2019 (Volume 44)

Message From Lori Ashcraft

Hello Friends,

This month I have put a new true story on our website that illustrates a variety of points of view. There are four characters in the story – a person receiving services, case managers, me who was the director, and the system. As the story unfolds, you will be tempted to take sides, or to defend various players, or to at least explain their side of the story in more detail. To read the story, go to our website by clicking on this tab Resources. Then scroll down and click on “Four Players in an Ongoing Saga of Service Provision” (in orange).

You’ll immediately see my bias early on in the story. This story was published several years ago in a book I wrote entitled “Re-inventing Broken Systems, Fixing Case Management”. At the time I was very disappointed in the state of case management and what it had been reduced to. My working title for the book was, “I hate case management.” There! That Gives away my point of view at the time.

As I re-read this story many years later, I can see that I was not entirely fair to some of the players. I was coming at the problem from a “point of view” instead of a “viewing point”. As I re-view this true account, I can see how I could have had more of a win, win, win, win solution instead of just assuring myself that I was right. I‘m older now and not so quick to blame and more inclined to get buy-in to solutions. This is the only thing I can think of that’s good about getting older.

So long for now. I hope you all are having a wonderful summer. Sending you love and light.


June 11 SB10 Assembly Health Committee hearing CANCELLED

Senator Beall’s office has put out a notice postponing the June 11 Assembly Health Committee hearing. Senator Beall’s office and the Health Committee need to work out a policy conflict.

The Senator’s office will let us know when the Hearing is rescheduled.

In the meantime, if you want to let the Assembly Health Committee members know how much you care about SB 10, here’s the contact info. 


Portal to write position letter

SB 10 Assembly Health Committee June 11

Senator Beall’s office has sent the following message:

“SB 10 (Beall) will be heard in Assembly Health Committee Tuesday, June 11 1:30 p.m. — State Capitol, Room 4202. Please come and express your support for peers. As you know, though this policy has broad bipartisan support, it has been vetoed twice in the past so it’s important to send a loud a clear message that we need SB 10 signed into law!

 The Assembly committees will only accept support letters through the Advocacy portal. Please take a moment to personalize the attached template, or update your current letter and please make sure support letters are uploaded through the Advocate Portal 

by Tuesday, June 4


Current SB 10 Peer Certification Fact Sheet

SB 10 Sample Support Letter

SB 10 passed on the Senate Floor 38-0!

AYES:  Pan, Stone, Durazo, Grove, Hurtado, Leyva, Mitchell, Monning, Rubio

AYES:  Portantino, Bates, Bradford, Hill, Jones, Wieckowski

SUBJECT:  Mental health services:  peer support specialist certification

SOURCE:    Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
Steinberg Institute


This bill requires the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to establish a program for certifying peer support specialists; requires DHCS to amend its Medicaid state plan and to seek any federal waivers or state plan amendments to implement the certification program; and permits DHCS to implement, interpret, and make specific the certification program through available means, as specified, until regulations are adopted.

Senate Floor_5-21-19
Office of Senate Floor Analyses
(916) 651-1520
Fax: (916) 327-4478

#CAPeerRespites, Peer2Peer Support

Collaborating with Pool of Consumer Champions (POCC) and Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), we would like to send a very special thank you for everyone who joined us in celebrating Peer2Peer Support


Peer Respites: Expanding Peer2Peer Support
May 15, 2019

Peer2Peer Program of the day
Second Story Peer Respite Home (Santa Cruz County)
Share! Recovery House (Los Angeles County)
Blackbird House (Santa Clara County)
Sally’s Place (Alameda County)

Photos of the day:


Ideas from Breakout Groups

Peer Respites:
Expanding Peer2Peer Support

During the event 5/15/19, participates were asked how we could continue to network and grow peer respites throughout California. The responses below, categorized by themes, were the outcomes of the ongoing discussions throughout the day. This is the community voice.

To Build Support for Peer Respites: Advocacy

  • Educate the community, politicians, churches, schools, community service centers and other service providers, etc.
  • Provide exceptional services at existing respites, will lead to word of mouth
  • Create a tax incentive (or other financial incentive) to rent or sell a house for peer respite
  • Good data to communicate successes
  • Tax on Big Pharma to fund peer respite
  • Social media campaign using #CAPeerRespites
  • Connecting with faith-based organizations that have supportive mindset about mental health treatment/care/peer support
  • Utilize connections like news outlets to do local public interest stories spotlighting local peer respites (human kindness, compassion)
  • Create a “Peer Respite Day” during mental health month
  • Approach legislators to create bills
  • Determining messages and resources
  • Multimedia, TV, social media, radio, advertisements

Building a Network to Expand & Strengthen Peer Respite

  • Create a long-term strategic plan with existing peer respites to create a movement for peer respites in all counties
  • Peer respite working group to plan for Medi-Cal billing if SB 10 passes
  • Bimonthly meetings among existing peer respites for collaboration, sharing, learning, advising
  • Identify a “welcomer,” a point of contact to welcome others (new peer respites?)
  • Visit other peer sites
  • Build fellowship within peer community (ex: cookout)
  • Knowing people who will donate supplies or a house
  • Understanding and leveraging funding: seeking donations from corporations
  • Create info sheet about using MHSA money to fund peer respites
  • Potential statewide respite coalition partners: existing peer respites, county allies, other peer-run organizations, CAMHPRO, MHSOAC, established recover-focused nonprofits, provider organizations

To Improve Peer Respite

  • Child care for parents who need peer respite, link to child-care providers (and funds)
  • Pet care at peer respites
  • Community gardens
  • Emotional support animals at peer respites
  • Lift restrictions requiring diagnosis and/or taking medications (for those that have those requirements)
  • Consistent, consumer-produced statewide quality guidelines for peer respites
  • Make peer respite more accessible to people who don’t have housing
  • Gather community input on needs
  • Creating activities that engage understanding: yoga, exercise, music, art

Toward Peer Respite in Contra Costa County

  • Public comment, presentation, plant seeds CPAW: monthly meeting for MHSA, 1st Thursday, 3-5PM in Concord
  • Apply to be on MHC (1st Wednesday, 4:30-6:30 South, West, Central) and CPAW
  • BOS meetings
  • Community forums and outreach
  • Contra Costa Mental Health/Behavioral Health Services
  • POCC/Friends of Adeline
  • Peer programs
  • Contra Costa College & Spirit Program, Spirit Alumni Group
  • Social Inclusion meeting
  • RI: lost advocacy
  • Diversity
  • Surveys of community

Other Ideas

  • Build every tier of needed resources – peer respite is just one part; use available empty housing, explore co-housing and kibbutz model