iNAPS Webinar Today on Peer Staff Compensation

International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS)February 12, 2016 - Webinar Reminder View this email in your browser<>


[]<> Collaborating for Unity 10th Annual Conference<>! Philadelphia | August 26-27, 2016

LAST CALL FOR PROPOSALS<> DUE 2/15/2016 No extension is planned

iNAPS Webinar Today

National Survey of Compensation among Peer Specialists Friday, February 12, 2015

* 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM Eastern Time * 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon Central Time * 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Mountain Time * 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time Presented by Allen Daniels, Peter Ashenden


Description The peer support specialist workforce has been growing and expanding since Medicaid established funding for these services in 2007. Absent from much of the research on the peer support specialist workforce has been a detailed national review of wages and compensation. In order to address this, two surveys were constructed. One was designed for peer support specialists to report their current compensation (N = 1,608). A second survey was developed as a comparison for organizations who employ peer specialists (N = 271). Non-probability sampling methods were used. The International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) helped promote the dissemination of the surveys.

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Reminders (Click each link for more information)

iNAPS 10th Annual National Conference -- upcoming deadlines.

* Call for Proposals<> – iNAPS 10th Annual National Conference - Deadline for proposals is Mon., Feb 15. No extension is planned. * Call for Peer Art<> - Themes: Collaborating for Unity and Global Peer Supporter Celebration Day - - Deadline for consideration is Mon., Feb 29 News from The Key Update

* A publication of the Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse - January Issue Key Update<> is available. Research

This list includes opportunities to participate in academic research and to also provide "voice of the customer" input to some of our partners for the development of products and services for the peer support field.

* New Peer Respite Resource Website<> available and Peer Respites Essential Features<> survey * Career Development Research<> University of Chicago at Illinois - Career development research * Doors to Wellbeing: Peer Specialist Resource Survey<> * Support Groups Central <> survey of Online Peer Support Workers <> Training/new resources

* Online WRAP Facilitator Renewal Course<>, February 26, 2016 * DBSA Core Training<>, Chicago, March 7-11 (application deadline, Feb 21) * WRAP and Peer Support<> Handbook<> - Coming in March * Intentional Peer Support <> Core Training, Atlanta - March 14-18, 2016 * WRAP Facilitator Refresher<>, Wilmington, Delaware, March 14-16, 2016 (To view all Copeland Center events:<>) * Recovery Innovations, International<> - Peer Support Training * Peer Zone<>, (Resilience Unleashed Training and Consulting) USA April 2016 * eCPR<> upcoming training events in 2016


* DBSA Making Mental Health Matter<>. February, 2016 * World Health Organization, Mental Health Action Plan<> 2013-2020 * WHO Quality Rights Toolkit<>

Live Event Canadian National Peer Specialist Conference<> (Toronto, April 27-29, 2016)

* Call for Caucuses<> - Do you have an interesting idea or innovative practice you’d like to talk to your peers about? Would you like to network with your peers around your job role or discussions around system change or improvement? Submit a proposal and join us in Toronto. Deadline: February 26. (Note: iNAPS will be there and we look forward to opportunities to collaborate.)

What are we missing? Submit news for the peer support community to info at<mailto:info at>. ________________________________

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Funding Grant Opportunities and Due Dates (from NYAPRS E-NEWS Bulletin, Feb 5, 2016)<>

* February 16 – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Targeted Capacity Expansion-Peer-to-Peer<>: The purpose of this program is to expand and enhance service capacity through the provision of peer recovery support services for those individuals with substance use disorders and their family members. * March 8 – Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention National Girls Initiative<>: This program provides training, technical assistance, and resources to state, tribal, community, and private organizations that serve at-risk and justice system-involved girls. * March 15 – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals<>: The purpose of this program is to increase capacity to provide accessible, comprehensive, integrated, and evidence-based treatment services; permanent supportive housing; peer supports; and other critical services. Foundation:

* February 24 – Home Depot Foundation Housing Needs of Military Veterans<>: Grants will be awarded to organizations for the construction or repair of single or multifamily permanent supportive housing or transitional housing for veterans and their families. * April 1 – HMSA Foundation Reducing Health Disparities in Hawaii<>: Grants will be awarded to projects designed to reduce health disparities between Native Hawaiians and other racial/ethnic groups in Hawai‘i, particularly school-based projects, community-based projects, and healthcare setting approaches. * May 5 – William T. Grant Foundation Research Grant to Understand Inequality<>: Grants will be awarded in support of research focused on ways to reduce disparities in academic, behavioral, social, and economic outcomes for youth.

Next Full Newsletter

We hope you enjoyed this news update. Every other month (bi-monthly), we will produce a full (PDF) newsletter with member articles, updates from iNAPS workgroups and committees, and announcements of interest to the peer community. Thanks to the efforts of our state and country representative advisory committee and invitations by Gayle Bluebird to the arts community, we have recently received some fabulous peer specialist written articles, photography, and art that we will be sharing soon in upcoming issues of the newsletter and in the conference program. If you have anything you would like to contribute to future issues, send an email with "Member Contribution" in the subject line to info at<mailto:info at>

About the International Association of Peer Supporters

<>[]<><>The International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charitable organization that promotes best practices in peer support and peer workforce development.

We send a bi-monthly newsletter and regular updates to our free email subscriber list of 4200, hold regular webinars on topics requested by peer support providers, and host an internationally-attended conference that brings together people who are working or volunteering in all aspects of the peer support movement. 2016 will mark the 10th annual conference devoted to peer supporters and the champions of the peer support movement.

Our Mission Statement Our mission is to grow the profession by promoting the inclusion of peer supporters throughout mental and behavioral health systems worldwide. We learn together and grow in our ability to…..

* Demonstrate compassion and hope. * Understand. * Expect more and encourage the next step. * Increase acceptance of those with mental health, substance use, or trauma experiences in their communities of choice. * Increase awareness of the benefits of hiring peer support providers. Our Vision Our vision is to make peer support services an option for anyone who needs the compassion and understanding of someone who has been there.

Our Values Our values came from an inclusive process of focus groups, interviews, and surveys in which 1000 peer support providers across the U.S. gave a 98% approval to twelve core ethical values of peer support. The U.S. National Practice Guidelines<> that Steve Harrington compiled from the peer input in that process have been widely used as a global standard for ethical peer support practices. To download a free PDF copy of the Practice Guidelines visit:

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By joining iNAPS as a full member (it costs $25 to join and $25 annually), you can receive a discount on the annual peer support conference registration fee, certificates for attending our free webinars (now a "member only" benefit), have a vote on action items at the annual member meeting, and be eligible to join workgroups with nationally-recognized leaders in the peer support movement and become a widely recognized representative yourself, as well as receive the good feeling that comes with knowing what you are doing is helping many others be reached and helped through the power of peer support. Membership dues and donations are used toward continuing education of the peer workforce and to ensure regular communication with peer supporters across the U.S. and others in other countries.

A limited number of free memberships have been donated by our members. If you cannot afford $25 per year to join, send a message to our membership committee with “Requesting a Sponsored Membership” in the subject line to membership at<mailto:membership at>. Please allow 6-8 weeks for a decision.

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________________________________ [] Our next Newsletter is due to be published in mid-February. Have an article or something to submit for the next full Newsletter? Deadline is extended to February 13, 2016.

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