Looking to curb online fraud, much tougher regulations governing emotional support animal letters are being enacted:
- Letters for a fee: May not be prepared by a practitioner whose sole service is preparation of the written documentation for a fee.
- Must be reliable: Based on direct knowledge of the person's disability and disability-related need for the assistance animal.
Moving forward, consumers/clients cannot:
- False statements: Misrepresent their disability or disability-related need for an assistance animal.
- Malingering: Make a materially false statement for the purpose of obtaining documentation.
- Bogus accessories: Fit an animal that is not an emotional support animal with an item that would cause a reasonable person to believe that the animal is an emotional support animal.
Permanent or temporary disability status
Landlords often request our clinicians document a tenant's disability status (permanent or temporary). This clinical determination requires several (minimum of three) therapeutic sessions.
Punishment and fines
We urge caution when purchasing a "bargain" ESA product, as legitimate emotional support animal letters are not found on pet supermarket shelves nor should they be used as a "discount coupon" to save on fees and deposits. The punishment for a "fake letter or need" is severe:
- Up to a $10,000 fine.
- 60 days in jail.
- 100 hours of community service.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Unlike traditional forms of therapy that take time to analyze problems, pathology and past life events, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) concentrates on finding solutions in the present time and exploring one’s hope for the future to find quicker resolution of one’s problems. This method takes the approach that you know what you need to do to improve your own life and, with the appropriate coaching and questioning, are capable of finding the best solutions.
Fully-compliant, legitimate ESA documents
We acknowledge the higher cost difference of our products, which incorporate quality mental health care, specialized training, the latest industry knowledge, and professional-grade support.
To ensure legal compliance, we’ve added one therapy session before issuing any documents and one/two sessions after. Click below to shop for state-compliant emotional support animal letters.