OA Service Pyramid

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 BArticle VI, Sections 1a and 2a)

Service Boards (SB) = 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 1c)
  • 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 1b)
  • Special Focus Service Boards (SFSB) = The service body that provides services to groups and intergroups with the same special focus, regardless of geographic
    proximity.
    (Refer to OA Inc., Bylaws, Subpart B, Article VIII, Section 1d)

Region = One of eleven geographic areas and the virtual community specifically defined in the bylaws. (Refer to OA Inc., Bylaws, Subpart B, Article VII, Section 1e.)  View more information about Regions.

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.