We’ll soon be implementing Structured Inventory of Malingered Symptomatology (SIMS).

Based on Jeffrey N. Younggren, Cassandra L. Boness, Leisl M. Bryant, and Gerald P. Koocher‘s “Professional Psychology: Research and Practice Emotional Support Animal Assessments: Toward a Standard and Comprehensive Model for Mental Health Professionals,” the following guideline will be used to conduct emotional support animal assessments: A necessary component of the comprehensive disability assessment includes an evaluation of malingering. We’ll soon …

Getting Hired On with ESAD

Joining the ESAD Referral Network

About four or five times a year, we launch a global recruitment effort, seeking to expand the ranks of our clinical referral network, and as is usually the case, the results are overwhelming. Our most recent campaign (August 2019) flooded our office with phone calls, emails, live chat requests, resumes, hopes, and dreams. The response is flattering, inspiring, and terrifying …

California Laws on Emotional Support Animals in the Workplace

California Laws on Emotional Support Animals in the Workplace

A reasonable accommodation includes any appropriate measure that would allow an employee with a disability to perform the essential job functions. California regulations include permitting job applicants or employees to bring emotional support animals to the worksite as a specific example of a possible reasonable accommodation. (California Code of Regulations, Title 2, Division 4.1, Subchapter 2, Article 9, Section 11065(p)(2)(B)) …

Upcoming Changes In US Law

At ESAD, we’re driven by our ethics, ethos, and a desire to do “things the right way.  With (as of yet unknown) upcoming changes to federal law, we’re tuning and improving our products in the expectation of meeting the new legislative requirements. Recently, mental health experts Jeffrey N. Younggren, Cassandra L. Boness, Leisl M. Bryant, and Gerald P. Koocher published …

Backstory: Q&A with the Healthline Reporter.

Recently, ESAD Founder and CEO Chaz Stevens sat down with a Healthline reporter to chat about emotional support animals. Q: Who is an ideal candidate for an ESA, and why? For housing, an emotional support animal is a type of assistance animal recognized as a “reasonable accommodation” for a person with a disability under the federal Fair Housing Act. An …

Healthline: To Crack Down on Fake Emotional Support Animals, Experts Issue New Recommendations.

“Why should we act surprised when the animal acts out?” Chaz Stevens, founder and director at ESAD International, told Healthline. ESAD International is a group of licensed mental health professionals that aim to provide emotional support animal services both online and in person. “Currently, federal guidelines do not require any training for an ESA. Recent changes from the airline industry …

The Fair Housing Bill of Rights for Assistance Animals

An animal which is medically necessary to address the symptom or effects of a physical or mental handicap is called an *assistance animal. NOTE: In 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development practically did away with the popular terms “emotional support animal” and “service animal,” for a name which would incorporate both types of animals: assistance animals [see …

Doing business the old fashion way.

ESAD is a very high-tech company, employing cutting-edge software from Symantec, Amazon Web Services, and Stripe.  Our founder, Chaz Stevens, has deep roots in the IT field, working for IBM, Microsoft, and The Walt Disney World Company. Around here, for the most part, usually “new” means better, but not always. Even with all of that gadgetry at our disposal, we …

Real Story: Air Travel from Canada to the US with my ESA

For 24 years, my depression kept me from leaving the house. So deciding that I would go see my Aunt Barbie in Orlando – 2,000 kilometers, or 1,200 miles away from my home in Toronto – was a gigantic step for me. My divorce after 16 years of marriage forced me to confront all the ways I had been compensating …

Western Michigan University now allows emotional support animals in residence halls

Western Michigan University now allows emotional support animals in residence halls

Emotional support animals will be welcomed into dorms beginning this fall, Western Michigan University announced last week via press release. “Western Michigan University recognizes the importance of Service Animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and the broader category of Assistance Animals under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), which provide physical and/or emotional support to …