Here’s the bad news – everything you’ve learned to date about Vancouver, British Columbia emotional support animal letters is likely wrong.
Also, the ability to buy a “cheapie ESA letter online that works”, works being the operative word here, is quickly coming to an end. And, if you’re not engaged in an ongoing therapeutic relationship with your clinician, there’s a fast-increasing chance your airline will deny your reasonable accommodation request.
On the plus side, continuing reading and we’ll help you navigate the churning and chummy waters of today’s Vancouver, British Columbia emotional support animal letters.
Let’s get started, shall we?
With a vast plethora of Internet-based businesses selling quick fixes, fraudulent ID cards, meaningless registrations, and get-out-of-fees letters, airlines are closely scrutinizing emotional support animal letters of recommendation.
Breaking out a fine-tooth comb, phrases such as “therapeutic relationship,” “under the treatment and care,” and “in the position to know” have become part of our daily conversation around the office.
You see, anyone with a printer can “create an ESA letter.” And trust me, many fraudulent websites do just that — they’ve long mastered the basic idea of an emotional support letter (therapist name & license, something (snicker) about the Diagnostic and Statistics Manual, maybe the animal’s weight, so forth and so on). And, as long as the letter’s on the therapist’s letterhead, you’re golden, right?
Sorry to say, but no thanks to peacocks on airplanes and instant pet certificates, a perfectly executed emotional support animal letter isn’t the Wonka Golden Ticket anymore.
Let alone those $79 jobs… Yeah, good luck with those.
As mentioned, it’s about the ongoing client/therapist relationship, and to build out a nationwide network of clinicians capable of engaging in therapeutic care takes lots of work — lots of elbow grease, a few keyboards worn out, tons of talent, and an excellent infrastructure — and we know, since we’ve built Canada’s largest ESA clinical network.
As we move further into 2018, we expect reasonable accommodation requests submitted with ESA letters without a therapeutic basis to be routinely denied. Simply stated — if you buy an ESA letter without additional therapeutic sessions, you’re rolling the dice.
Simply put, your “cost-effective” ESA letter will likely meet the round file.
Pro-tip: If your housing provider requires verification, then you should strongly consider purchasing therapeutic care. If you’re unsure at the time of purchase, or your landlord springs it on you “after the fact,” then you can order these sessions at that time.
Pro-tip: Avoid websites selling “ESA products.” If they’re peddling leashes, they’re probably peddling junk all across the board.
The Wild Wild West Dot Com
These days, access to the Internet and a credit card will likely qualify you for an assistance animal that’s verified with zero healthcare evaluation and no relationship with the therapist.
Allow me to repeat that, as it bears repeating. The majority of online ESA vendors will approve individuals for an emotional support animal relying solely on a self-reported assessment.
No meeting, speaking or reviewing medical history. No diagnosis, evaluation, visit, or treatment. Take a cheesy 5-minute assessment, drop down your VISA, and you’re all set!
Therapy goats, support peacocks, heck, we even had our 11-ton elephant (aka Muffin Top) approved.
Like Service Dog fraud, we staunchly believe these false certifications do a horrible disservice to the genuinely disabled — it’s a black eye to individuals with a legitimate need for service and emotional support animals.
What All This Means For You
Go ahead, google “emotional support animal letter,” and review the first page of search results. Chances are you’re going to run into trouble with nearly all of those vendors.
Pro-tip: We know of an ESA website that’s operated by a convicted child molester.
They’re probably going to sell you an ESA letter based on a non-existent relationship. If you’re wicked lucky, you’ll have a therapist who practices within your province. You’ll save time as your therapist won’t even bother to call, won’t reach out to you, they will merely assess your “needs” based on that cheesy exam you completed.
By the way, about that exam, you know — the one you might have poured your heart into answering … maybe chronicled some deep secrets you’d like to keep, well, secret — remember that?
- Do they look like someone you’d trust with your darkest secrets?
- Do you know who now owns your protected health information? Any ideas? Are they even located in the US?
If it’s starting to have an “ah ha” moment, or worse, now’s the time to wonder how your protected health information was stored, saved, and accessed.
Imagine it appearing on the Dark Web for sale.
That is not how we do business at ESADoggy.
We connect individuals struggling with the challenges of life with licensed mental health professionals. All across North America and Canada, people rely upon our service to help them qualify for legitimate emotional support animal letters.