Are you suffering from an emotional or mental disability? Do you think an emotional support animal may be the answer for you? You are not alone. More and more people are realizing the comforting effects a furry (or feathery/scaly) companion can bring. However, there’s more to getting an ESA than just calling your current pet one. If you are ready to make your pet an official ESA, you will need to understand the following:
- Figuring out who can write ESA Letter (sometimes mistakenly called an ESA Prescription) and general ESA Letter requirements
- If you can see a therapist face-to-face or seek support online
- What services to use and how to find a legitimate ESA organization
The Standard Face-to-Face Therapist
In order to be eligible for an emotional support animal, you must first be diagnosed with a mental or emotional condition as stated by the American Disabilities Act (ADA). This can be done by a professional therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist.
Seeking Support from an Online ESA Site
There are many online sources that you can use to obtain an ESA letter; however, these are not all created equal. ESA Doctors provides support and information for you and your ESA. Some just provide a paper document with no backing. Do your research to find those that truly want to help you.
Generally, you will have you fill out a questionnaire that can take up to 15 minutes to complete so your therapist can gauge where your issues lie. You will then make the payment for the service and your form will be reviewed by a certified licensed mental health professional. The LMHP should contact you directly with next steps. They may schedule a call to speak with you, if they find it necessary. If you qualify for an ESA, they will provide you with the proper ESA letter via mail or email.
The ESA Letter
Once you have been approved for an ESA letter, you may now call your animal an emotional support animal. Your LMHP should then fill out an ESA letter stating your need for an emotional support animal. The letter should include;
- Your need is listed specifically by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
- The official letterhead of the professional writing your ESA letter
- That an ESA is a necessary
In addition, the ESA recommendation letter (sometimes mistakenly called a prescription letter) must also be dated (and is only applicable for one-year) on your licensed mental health professional’s letterhead, with his/her signature, license number, and the place and date of where the license was first issued.
Can I really get an ESA Letter Online
Online ESA letter sites use a broad range of tactics and technologies to enhance a virtual experience and provide educational services. It is not a specific service, but rather a collection of means to enhance the assistance and education of a client.
When trying to obtain a proper ESA letter, using an online organization that follows all ESA laws will give you the assurance that you are following the laws and regulations set out for having an emotional support animal.
Make sure that the site follows all rules and regulations. Make sure that the licensed mental health professional specializes in online/telephone consults and provides the proper ESA letter for those that qualify. ESA letters should be accepted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Emotional Support Animals & You
Once you have an ESA and your approved documentation, you do have legal rights under Federal law. These include having access to “no pets” policy housing and to have your emotional support animal in the cabin of an aircraft while traveling.
Whether you use your a face-to-face professional or an online source, getting the help you need for your emotional support animal is important. ESA’s are more than just a family pet, they are there to bring you the comfort and confidence you may need to live a normal life. Ask your doctor today if having an ESA may be right for you.
Complete the ESA questionnaire below to see if you qualify for an ESA
Get the love and support you deserve.