Emotional Support Animals

A Helpful College Housing Guide to Emotional Support Animals

Updated July 15, 2021.

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We have heard the heart-rending stories of terrible trauma that can make the world a minefield. And we understand how having a furry friend by your side can make that world easier to navigate. So, our specialty is making the process of getting your assistance animal in the door of your new apartment, or by your side as you travel as uncomplicated and worry-free as possible.

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An Emotional Support Animal is a “reasonable accommodation” for a person with a disability under HUD's Fair Housing Act (FHA). An Emotional Support Animal is not a pet, rather it is a companion animal that provides therapeutic benefit to an individual with a disability which significantly limits a person’s major life activities.

Available for dogs, cats, and common household pets, with no breed, size or weight restrictions.

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Adjusting to the lifestyle can be difficult, and perhaps you're looking to qualify for an Emotional Support Animal letter. With the pressure with classes and tests, not to mention being away from home -- friends, family, and your furry companion who've you had for years, this might be the right answer.

Although many schools have relaxed policies on pet bans in recent years, many remain adamant about allowing students to bring animals on campus. Contrast to those in the mental health care business who have been advocating for the benefits provided by your Emotional Support Animal.

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  • Therapists licensed, residing, and practicing in your state.
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  1. Place your order.
  2. Take a few minutes and tell us about the specifics of your mental health.
  3. Our team of clinicians are standing by to review your case.
  4. You'll speak with a local therapist to verify and document your need for an assistance animal.

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  • Recognition that you are a patient on a case-by-case basis under a licensed mental health professional’s care for mental or emotional disabilities.
  • Verification that you are significantly limited by an individual disability, such as depression or a similar condition, affecting your mental well-being.
  • Recommendation for an Emotional Support Animal.

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We will connect you with a licensed clinical team member who practices and resides in the state of US to assess your "disability and disability-related need" for an assistance animal. Disabilities, or functional limitations, include any mental or psychological disorder, such as intellectual disability, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities, including:

  • seeing
  • hearing
  • walking
  • breathing
  • performing manual tasks
  • caring for one’s self
  • learning
  • speaking
  • working
  • sleep
  • concentration
  • social interaction
  • and focus
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Getting an Emotional Support Animal Letter For Housing.

No dog? No Cat? No Problem.

If you've not yet secured your assistance animal, but need documentation before hand, not a problem, we've got you covered.

Our clinicians are evaluating your disability and disability-related need for an assistance animal, regardless if you have a furry friend by your side or not. After you find your new furry friend, we can update your letter to include the animal's information.

Getting a Psychiatric Service Dog Letter For Air Travel.

Emotional support animals have been banned (Jan. 2021) from air travel. However, psychiatric service dogs enable clients to fly with their dog by their side with no pet fees. Psychiatric service dogs (PSD) are canines specifically trained to support individuals diagnosed with a mental illness by easing symptoms caused by mental disability(s). Please remember that a PSD recommendation is contingent on your animal being trained to do work or tasks to assist with your disability, and trained to properly behave in public.

The ADA allows owners to self-train their PSDs, so if this describes your situation, with your PSD letter in hand, you are good to go.

Learn more about psychiatric service dogs.

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Getting an Emotional Support Animal.

Your College Emotional Support Animal Housing Experts.

Adjusting to the lifestyle can be difficult, and perhaps you're looking to qualify for an Emotional Support Animal letter. With the pressure with classes and tests, not to mention being away from home -- friends, family, and your furry companion who've you had for years, this might be the right answer.

Typically cats and dogs, through their companion and affection, an emotional support dog or cat helps to lessen the symptoms of a mental disability. Governed by various Federal laws, FHA and ACAA, your Emotional Support Animal requires no formal training (unlike a service dog).

Can I take my Emotional Support Animal to ?

Although many schools have relaxed policies on pet bans in recent years, many remain adamant about allowing students to bring animals on campus. Contrast to those in the mental health care business who have been advocating for the benefits provided by your Emotional Support Animal.

It's Not Just a Letter Anymore.

What first started in California has swept across the nation. Colleges are now applying much stricter guidelines to approving a reasonable accommodation request for an assistance animal. When considering the reliability of letters provided, some of the factors considered include:

  • The extent of the provider’s knowledge about the individual.
  • The nature of their relationship.
  • Whether that relationship is of an ongoing therapeutic nature.
  • The basis for the assessment of the individual.
  • The specificity of the letter.
  • The basis of the assessment that the animal will ameliorate symptoms.

Here are a few common questions asked by colleges and universities.

  1. When did you first meet the individual and how many sessions/appointments have you had with the client/patient?
    As a provider, I often use WHODAS, Beck Depression Scale, Beck Anxiety Scale, self report, history of psychiatric/mental health visits, and current or prior medications to evaluate an individual’s mental health.
  2. What is the general nature of your relationship (primary care, single session to review the need for an ESA, limited short term therapy, ongoing/ long term treatment…)
    Engaged in ongoing treatment.
  3. Please list the major life activities that are substantially limited and describe how the mental health condition substantially limits a major life activity. (Simply stating a diagnosis does not communicate how the condition substantially limits a major life activity)
    Due to the client’s mental health condition and due to the symptoms of depression, client was not taking care of herself as needed (eating regularly and unable to hold a consistent schedule due to taking frequent days off). Some symptoms include: communicating with others, difficulty getting out of bed, loss of interest in studying, lack of appetite, and current feelings of sadness -- all of which affect the client’s ability to perform well in school.
  4. What specific symptoms will be reduced by having an ESA, and how will those symptoms be mitigated by the presence of the ESA? (General statements like “reduces anxiety” does not provide enough information.)
    Having an assistance animal will ameliorate the client’s depression, reduce, as well as minimize, the symptoms of sadness, lack of communication, and social isolation. The Emotional Support Animal will promote communication and interaction with others as well as bring happiness by reducing feelings of sadness and increased joy. With symptoms improving while at home, this will not only allow the client to care for herself, but also encourage her to successfully continue at school with less required/needed time off, as the ESA helps manage depression and increase quality of life.

As you can see, one visit to a licensed provider will be inadequate, that single session will not provide enough clinical time for the clinician to develop "personal knowledge" of the client's emotional situation.

Accommodation Request Forms.

From HUD's updated guidance (January, 2020), "housing providers may not require a health care professional to use a specific form (including this document), to provide notarized statements, to make statements under penalty of perjury, or to provide an individual’s diagnosis or other detailed information about a person’s physical or mental impairments. Housing providers and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rely on professionals to provide accurate information to the best of their personal knowledge, consistent with their professional obligations.

Real World Accommodation Request Forms.

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CAE Housing Accommodations Verification Form

College Specific Information

Quite often, universities requires information regarding:

  • The therapeutic relationship with the applicant which forms the basis for the conclusion and recommendation for the necessity of an assistance animal.
  • Observing the interactions between the person and the animal in question as well as any observations of the animal’s behavior around other commonly present animals or persons.

Getting an Emotional Support Animal Letter For Housing.

No dog? No Cat? No Problem.

If you've not yet secured your assistance animal, but need documentation before hand, not a problem, we've got you covered.

Our clinicians are evaluating your disability and disability-related need for an assistance animal, regardless if you have a furry friend by your side or not. After you find your new furry friend, we can update your letter to include the animal's information.

Getting a Psychiatric Service Dog Letter For Air Travel.

Emotional support animals have been banned (Jan. 2021) from air travel. However, psychiatric service dogs enable clients to fly with their dog by their side with no pet fees. Psychiatric service dogs (PSD) are canines specifically trained to support individuals diagnosed with a mental illness by easing symptoms caused by mental disability(s). Please remember that a PSD recommendation is contingent on your animal being trained to do work or tasks to assist with your disability, and trained to properly behave in public.

The ADA allows owners to self-train their PSDs, so if this describes your situation, with your PSD letter in hand, you are good to go.

Learn more about psychiatric service dogs.