Hurricane Florence Preparedness Guide for Pets

When nature calls, and this time it’s Hurricane Florence on the horn, we’re hoping you have an exit plan that includes your whole family (along with your furry friends). Here’s a couple of tips we’ve found useful. If you have to go, what do you do with Fido? Maybe you can stash the pup with your friends, perhaps there’s a …

Michigan's Proposed Emotional Support Animal Law.

[PRESS RELEASE] Chaz Stevens, CEO of ESADoggy.com, Supports Michigan’s Proposed Emotional Support Animal Law.

Michigan state representatives have again proposed legislation seeking to reign in assistance animals. Per House Bill 4910, a person would receive a misdemeanor for having a fake support animal. Punishment includes up to a $500 fine, up to 90 days in jail and community service. The bill would also require those receiving an emotional support animal recommendation must have a …

Assistance Animal Integrity Act

New Assistance Animal Integrity Act Clarifies Requirements for Assistance Animals in Condominiums and Other Illinois Residential Housing

A new Illinois law that will take effect on January 1, 2020, will help condominium associations and other housing providers evaluate requests for emotional support animals and other assistance animals. Therapeutic Relationship Required. Going beyond federal law, the Act requires that documentation submitted in support of an assistance animal request must come from a person who has a “therapeutic relationship” …

Michigan ESA Laws

With newly introduced bill, Michigan aims to crack down on fake support animals

A bill just introduced in the Michigan House is aimed at cracking down on the prescription of fake emotional support animals. House Bill 4910, known as the “misrepresentation of emotional support animals act,” would make it illegal for a person to misrepresent themselves as a person with a disability or as someone with an emotional support animal. According to the …

[PRESS RELEASE] Emotional Support Animal Business Owner, Chaz Stevens, Rises in Support of Illinois’ Assistance Animal Integrity Act

I’m delighted Illinois is cracking down on spurious Internet-based operations pumping out fraudulent ESA letters. – Chaz Stevens, ESAD International Founder & CEO Boca Raton, Florida (PRUnderground) September 7th, 2019 Looking to curtail the rampant fraud of internet vendors peddling emotional support animal documents, the newly adopted Illinois Assistance Animal Integrity Act (“AAIA”) aims to provide direction and guidance for …

New Illinois Law: Assistance Animal Integrity Act

MUST READ: Illinois’s 2020 Assistance Animal Integrity Act

“As an advocate for good government, I’m delighted Illinois is cracking down on spurious Internet-based operations pumping out fraudulent ESA letters. I rise up in strong support of this new legislation.” – Chaz Stevens, ESADoggy Founder & CEO If you’re a resident of Illinois and considering an assistance animal, then please read on as the rules have drastically changed. And …

Travel Weekly: Interview with Chaz Stevens, Founder

As airlines, flyers and the mental health and disability communities await the new DOT regulatory proposal on ESAs, at least two state legislatures have considered but thus far failed to pass their own ESA-related legislation. A North Carolina bill passed this year by the state’s House of Representatives was geared primarily toward ESA fraud in the housing sector. It would …

Clinicians joining our referral network must provide documentation showing completion of specialized training and previous work-experience with human-animal bond counseling.

Clinician Training

Please read our getting starting article before applying. Based on the guidelines published by the American Counseling Organization, you must have previous work-experience with human-animal bond counseling and provide documentation showing completion of specialized human-animal bond training. ESAD will not answer any questions regarding complying with these previous guidelines. Please consult with your Board or professionals in your industry. PESI …

ESA Training: PESI Animal-Assisted Interventions: Integrate Animals to Enhance Treatment in Clinical Practice

Join animal-assisted therapy expert Brooke Wimer, MOT, OTR/L, and learn how incorporating animals into your professional activities can greatly improve client outcomes in a surprisingly broad range of areas, including: Reduce stress and anxiety levels and lower blood pressure Lessen feelings of loneliness and poor self-esteem in those with trauma and anxiety Treat symptoms in people dealing with depression and …

We’re moving to WHODAS 2.0 for our online exam.

WHODAS 2.0 is the standard measure of disability promoted by World Health Organization. Used across all diseases, including mental, neurological and addictive disorders. Short, simple and easy to administer (5 to 20 minutes). Applicable in both clinical and general population settings. A tool to produce standardized disability levels and profiles. Applicable across cultures, in all adult populations. Directly linked at …