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N.A.P.S. Opens Search for Executive Director

The National Association of Peer Supporters (N.A.P.S) is seeking an Executive Director to provide leadership, vision, and strategic direction for N.A.P.S. and oversees all operations including programmatic, financial and technical systems. They will be responsible for representing the organization on a national, state, city, and local community level. About N.A.P.S. N.A.P.S (National Association of Peer…

N.A.P.S. Launches New Job Board for Peer Support Professionals

N.A.P.S. Launches New Job Board for Peer Support Professionals

The National Association of Peer Support Professionals (N.A.P.S.) recently launched a new job board for peer support professionals seeking employment and employers seeking to hire peer support professionals across the United States. The new N.A.P.S. job board can be accessed at While N.A.P.S. has hosted an online job board for many years, the new…

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National Association of Peer Supporters Endorses the PEER Support Act

The PEER Support Act encompasses vital provisions that will elevate the role of peer support specialists, improve their professional recognition, and enhance their ability to serve individuals in need. N.A.P.S. recognizes the significance of these measures and firmly believes that they will positively impact the peer support specialist profession and the communities they serve.

Registration and Call for Proposals Open for 2023 N.A.P.S. Conference

We’re excited to open registration and the call for workshop proposals for our 2023 N.A.P.S. Annual Conference in Norfolk, Virginia, October 25 – 26, 2023. The 2023 National Association of Peer Supporters Conference theme is “Pathways” and will be held in Norfolk, Virginia, October 25 – 26, 2023. This in-person conference will feature networking, breakout…

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N.A.P.S. Members Author Guide to Peer Support

What it Takes: Wisdom from Peer Support Specialists and Supervisors is about the practice of peer support from its origins in self-help to its continuing evolution as a profession. It provides some history, research, values, and guidelines of peer support brought together from conference presentations from real-world practitioners. Written by NAPS members for NAPS members…

N.A.P.S. Statement in Support of Reproductive Rights

The National Association of Peer Supporters (N.A.P.S.) recognizes bodily and reproductive autonomy as fundamental rights that all human beings deserve and which deserve to be protected. This can include making decisions about which treatments to participate in, which medications to take, and the right to a safe and legal abortion. The Supreme Court’s recent decision…

N.A.P.S. Stands in Support of Gender Affirming Care

National Association of Peer Supporters Stands in Support of Gender Affirming Care for Queer, Trans, and Gender Non-Conforming and Non-Binary Youth In light of the recent letters from the Governor and Attorney General of Texas which suggest that providing gender-affirming health care to transgender youth can constitute child abuse we, the National Association of Peer…

Peer Support Specialists: Let’s Unite with One Classification

N.A.P.S. and UIC partnered to create the infographic below, outlining the importance of a single standard occupational classification for Peer Support Specialists. Read below for more information! View the Infographic References 1. Wolf, J. (2018). National trends in peer specialist certification. Psychiatric Services 69 (10), 1049. This number does not include thousands of non-certified peer…

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Leading Mental Health Organizations Strongly Support New Bipartisan Peer Support Legislation Introduced in the Senate

Leading mental health organizations strongly support new bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to provide Medicare coverage of peer support services for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders who are being treated in primary care and receiving integrated behavioral health services.