Attention Indiana Residents.
Indiana residents are subject to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Fair Housing Act.
Indiana Enacts Law To Evaluate Emotional Support Animal Requests.
Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 240 helps clarify what is required to establish a disability and disability-related need for an assistance animal.
Requires that the reliable verification is provided by a psychiatrist, physician, advanced practice nurse, or behavioral health and human services professional who is licensed in Indiana. If an individual is moving from another state they can provide documentation from a licensed psychiatrist, physician, social worker or mental health professional licensed in that state so long as they have an active therapeutic relationship with the provider.
Letters Written for a Fee.
Specifically excludes from the definition of a health care provider those whose sole service is to provide a verification letter for a fee (to address online websites providing form letters in exchange for a nominal fee).
Potential Clinician Disciplinary Action.
Health service providers can be penalized for providing verification of a person's disability status without having adequate professional knowledge of a person's condition or the provider charges a fee for written verification but provides no other service to the person.
Considers it a Class A infraction, punishable by up to $10,000, for any person who misrepresents their need; makes materially false statements to a health service provider to obtain documentation; or fits an animal, that is not an emotional support animal, with a harness, collar, vest, or sign.