Service Bodies

A service body is any entity that provides services beyond the group level, such as:

Intergroup  (IG) = An intergroup shall be a duly registered service body. A land-based intergroup is composed primarily of groups within its region, or groups within its geographical proximity. A virtual intergroup is composed primarily of virtual groups. (Refer to OA Inc., Bylaws, Subpart B, Article VI, Sections 1 and 2a)

Service Boards = The body that provides services to the local area groups and/or intergroups within one country or language area outside the USA and Canada . (Refer to OA Inc., Bylaws, Subpart B, Article VIII, Section 1)

Language Service Board (LSB) = The service body that provides services to a specific language regardless of geographic proximity.  Both groups and intergroups may affiliate with a LSB. (Refer to OA Inc., Bylaws, Subpart B, Article VIII, Section 2 b)

National Service Board (NSB) = The service body that provides services to the groups and/or intergroups within one country outside the USA and Canada.  In some cases a NSB may serve more than one country. (Refer to OA Inc., Bylaws, Subpart B, Article VIII, Section 2 a)

Region = One of eleven geographic areas and the virtual community specifically defined in the bylaws.  (Refer to the region map on oa.org or OA Inc., Bylaws Subpart B, Article VII, Section 1.)   For more information about Regions Click Here

If you are interested in starting an intergroup or service board, read Suggestions for Starting an Intergroup/Service Board for more information or the OA Handbook for Members, Groups, and Service Bodies: Recovery Opportunities.