Monthly Newsletter - September 2021
Albert Einstein said "anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."  

Many experts believe that Albert Einstein had ADHD because he 'was as disorganized and forgetful as he was insightful and intelligent'. However, others attribute his lack of order and difficulty concentrating to Asperger Syndrome.

While we can never know for sure if Einstein had ADHD,  Aspergers, or other mental health disorder, it is comforting to know that someone can have a mental illness and still achieve amazing things. 

In this issue, in addition to our inspirational quote of the month, you can read about living with ADHD, and learn about new mental health legislation recognizing the unique role of peer specialists.

Remember, every cloud has a silver lining.

Candace Schoner
Host of Speaking Candidly with Candace
Our Mission
Speaking Candidly with Candace is on a mission to eliminate the stigma of mental illness by providing a safe place for people to share their experiences coping with mental health. You can listen to these stories on Speaking Candidly with Candace, available on all major podcast channels and find previous episodes, articles, and mental health resources at
Inspirational Quote of The Month
"When you see something wonderful in someone, tell them.
It may take a second to say, but for them it could last a life time."
Conquering Bullying,  ADHD and Visual Dyslexia

Like most of us, my life has had its ups and downs, starting with my early childhood. I used to joke and say that when my mom gave birth to me, I was already wearing a pair of glasses. The truth is, I can’t remember a time when glasses or contact lenses were not part of my daily attire. Back then, I wore super thick lenses supported by big round frames (aka “coke bottle glasses”), which made me an easy target for bullies. Despite the constant fear of verbal and physical abuse, I never told a soul about what I was going through. I didn’t even tell my parents who were struggling with their own demons --- including alcoholism, anxiety, depression, and having to raise me and my three older siblings. 

I think I was around 5 years old when I learned my severely compromised vision was a result of being nearsighted, combined with a “wandering” eye, which is also referred to as a “lazy” or “wall eye.” Because of this, I was forced to sit in the first row of the classroom just so I could read the blackboard. Unfortunately, having a front row seat did little to solve my extremely short attention span (which, I’d later find out, was a result of having ADHD).

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Author: Candace Schoner is the host and producer of Speaking Candidly with Candace. She is on a mission to end the stigma of mental illness using her background in journalism combined with her own experience with ADHDPTSD and visual dyslexia. Candace created her podcast to inspire and provide a safe forum for others to share their mental health stories.
Mental Health Legislation

Leading mental health organizations, including the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), Mental Health America (MHA), the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), the National Association of Peer Supporters (NAPS) and the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW), 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. The bill clarifies that nothing in the Medicare statute prohibits peer support specialists from providing services billed as part of integrated behavioral health. It specifies that peer support specialists’ services may be billed under the collaborative care and other behavioral health integration codes in Medicare. This bill is companion legislation to H.R. 2767 in the House of Representatives introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE).

Peer support specialists are people with lived experience of a mental health or substance use disorder who have completed specialized training and are certified to deliver support services under appropriate state or national certification standards. This legislation provides the first comprehensive definition of peer support specialists in federal Medicare law. Peer support specialists assist individuals in achieving their recovery goals by furnishing emotional, informational, and other support services to individuals who have been diagnosed with a mental illness -- including dementia -- or a substance use disorder.

This legislation recognizes the unique role of peer support specialists as they complement therapists, case managers, and physicians as part of a coordinated team. Peer support promotes recovery by helping individuals better engage in services, manage physical and mental health conditions, build support systems, and, ultimately, live self-directed lives in their communities. 

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