When asked about fake ESA letters sold on the Internet, $49 instant certificates, leases, collars, tags, and the what-not, here’s our response.
Successful for the vast majority of our clients, our emotional support animal letters depend on the assessment of an individual’s “disability and disability-related need” for an assistance animal. Because of their shortened nature, ESAD therapists cannot ethically assert a client relationship.
And why do we bother disclosing this information? We choose to engage in a transparent fashion; free from duplicity and chicanery. We appreciate the trust our client’s have placed in us, and wish to repay that gesture in kind.
Sure, that’s liable to turn away business, but we never chased after the instant letter market. Besides being totally bogus, when have you heard of mental health care costing less than fifty dollars a pop?
Editor’s note: unless a client has retained our therapist’s services for additional sessions, our letters do not reveal the existence of such a relationship.
Making an informed decision
In 2018, property owners, their lawyers, and the Federal Housing and Urban Development Agency (HUD) are scrutinizing emotional support animal letters, ensuring their legitimacy; in particular, under close study is the client/therapist relationship.
Hence, the problem inherent in just offering an assessment-only solution, for the previously mentioned reasoning.
We don’t make the rules, that’s up to HUD. We merely wish to provide our clients with the best information as hand, so they can make an informed decision.
ESA letters are under much closer review
When queried by property-owners — and querying is becoming a general rule of thumb — many emotional support animal letters are now denied due to the letter’s lack of reliability.
Reliability, in this case, can be understood as “was the therapist in a position to know?” Was the therapist located nearby? How many sessions took place? What was the nature of the therapeutic relationship?
To be clear, our assessment letters, without any additional sessions, not constitute a relationship.
This holds true for every letter purchased online, or in person, that was based strictly on assessing one’s disability.
About those readily available cheap letters
Letters with zero client/therapist interaction? Instant letters? Letters written by an out-of-state provider? Once, perhaps able to fly under the radar; now they’re problematic.
Our business emerges from the simple idea of helping clients live happier, healthier lives. We believe if an emotional support animal is necessary to alleviate the functional limitations associated with an emotional disability, then a client may benefit from therapeutic counseling.
We refer to this as the “assessment + session” model, and our job is to make an introduction, orchestrate an assessment, and help “brew a therapeutic relationship.”
It’s a win-win for everyone involved.
Unfortunately, mental health care is not cheap, and since any additional sessions aren’t covered under your original ESA housing assessment, additional fees will apply.
Don’t get scammed
If you answered yes to any of the items listed below, there’s a very good chance you were scammed, and your letter will be rejected.
- Led to believe that a “registration” was all that you need to fly and live with your pet
- Bought an expensive “registration kit”?
- Diagnosed with a disability from an out of state mental health professional
- Diagnosed without speaking to a mental health professional
- Diagnosis based on an online only questionnaire