Service Bodies

A serviceimage37 body is any entity that provides services beyond the group level, such as:

Intergroup  (IG) = The service body that is composed of groups within its geographical proximity and provides services to those groups. Virtual groups may affiliate without regard to geographic proximity. (Refer to OA Inc, Bylaws Subpart B, Article VI Section 1 a)

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 or to virtual groups. (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)

Virtual Service Board (VSB) = The service body that provides services to virtual groups. (i.e., online, telephone). (Refer to OA Inc, Bylaws Subpart B, Article VIII, Section 1.)

Region = One of ten geographic areas 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.