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Qualifying your Pet as an Emotional Support Animal

images-1Life is complicated. And more than ever, we need the comfort of the unconditional love an emotional support pet offers. But some places are now requiring special documentation if you want your ESA to accompany you. For instance, ALL airline companies are now requiring you to produce a letter from a licensed therapist or medical physician that prescribes an ESA for an emotional disability. Some airlines will also require your therapist or physician to complete a short form that verifies your emotional disability.

If you have an emotional disorder, mood disorder, social anxiety or other qualifying need for an ESA to be part of your therapeutic process, I can help you with the process.

Here is the process:

STEP 1 – Complete a 2-hour online assessment and 2 phone/secure video chat sessions

Once the test battery is complete, it is scored within 24 hours, and the client is emailed to establish dates and times for two, 30-minute follow-up telephone/secure video conference counseling sessions. This begins the actual assessment and diagnostic process.

The availability of the client and the number of counseling sessions necessary for the licensed mental health professional to make a valid assessment (a minimum of two) will determine how long the process takes. The process can take as little as several days and as long as two weeks.

If a client qualifies as emotionally or mentally disabled, a formal treatment recommendation letter for an emotional support animal will be written, signed by the licensed mental health professional and mailed via USPS Priority Mail. Clients typically receive their documentation within 3-4 days, once mailed.
If additional counseling sessions are also prescribed by the licensed mental health professional, the client will be informed and a therapist available for follow-up sessions.

Getting Started:  Before we can begin your assessment, you must first order and purchase services using our easy online system.

Online assessment and qualification for ESA letter

Although this service includes both the disability assessment (conducted online and with 2 follow-up phone/video calls) AND a treatment recommendation letter for an Emotional Support Animal (ESA), purchase of these services does NOT guarantee a client will qualify as disabled. The Global Shores Counseling assessment and treatment recommendation letter for an ESA is valid for 12 months, at which time a new assessment and treatment recommendation letter are required. For some airlines and housing – this letter is sufficient. Others may require your Global Shores Counseling therapist to complete 3rd party verification forms on their websites. (Available for an additional cost.)

$225.00

Payment occurs in real time and you are immediately notified by a confirmation page at the conclusion of the checkout process.

You will also receive an email confirmation. The email will display a link and instructions for completing the online clinical testing and session component of the process. Global Shores Counseling will keep you informed every step of the way. If you have any questions – please email or call Global Shores Counseling.

 

STEP 2 – Before you fly check to see if your airline requires your Global Shores counselor to submit a verification form.

If you fly more than one RT per year, and use more than one airline – you know the hassles that people with ESA’s face. New regulations now state that you must have a licensed mental health professional input your documentation and the counselor license information on the Airline website at least 48 hours before you fly with your ESA.

Click here to view specific airline company policies. 

Verification form for Airlines

Most landlords and many airline companies now require a licensed mental health professional to complete a 3rd Party Verification Form to confirm you are legally eligible for no pet housing or to be accompanied by your ESA in the cabin of an aircraft. If you seek approval for housing or wish to fly with your ESA, the Verification Form Completion service should be added. This service can be used only once and is valid for 12 months following the date it is ordered. After the single use, it must be reordered to use the service again.

$50.00

Step 3: If you are in transition and seeking a rental – your rental manager may require a verification form. Having one on hand and knowing your rights BEFORE you apply for rentals is a must in today’s market.

The Fair Housing Act (a federal law) allows a property manager to accept a letter from the tenant’s licensed mental health professional (LMHP) for an ESA, but they may also require a short verification form to be completed by a physician or therapist, confirming your emotional/psychiatric disability. Despite how much the property manager/landlord does NOT want your emotional support animal, federal law requires him/her to make a reasonable accommodation in the rules. If they do not, they are discriminating against a disabled person and are in violation of federal law.*

Click here to view an important document from the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development that addresses this issue (see the 3rd page, second column).

Landlords cannot legally:
  • Ask a tenant to pay a deposit, fee, or surcharge in exchange for having an emotional support animal, even if they require such a practice from owners who wish to obtain pets in their dwelling.
  • Require that an emotional support animal have any specific training
  • Require the emotional support animal to wear or carry any special collar, harness, vest, emblem, or other means of identifying it as such.
  • Inquire about the extent of the disability, or ask for detailed medical records for the individual requesting the emotional support animal.
  • Refuse to accommodate you and your animal because their insurance policy won’t allow a species, breed, or weight. They are still subject to the law.
NOTE:
  • A person with a disability may, however, be charged for damages caused to the premises by their emotional support or service dog.
  • A disabled person who does not properly manage his/her unruly, destructive, aggressive, or disturbance causing animal can be evicted.
What to Do When a Property Manager Refuses to Comply
  • Failure to accommodate a physically or emotionally impaired person is a violation of federal law and can be successfully sued AND the landlord/property manager financially penalized by the U.S. Justice Dept. because it is considered discrimination against a disabled person. Something the government takes seriously.
  • Clients are encouraged to make sure the landlord or property manager are clearly aware of the law and consequences to help them avoid prosecution and punitive damages. Most are in violation simply because they do not know the law.
  • A client can report the landlord/property manager to the U.S. Justice Dept. and file a complaint for discrimination.
  • A client may sue the landlord/property manager for discrimination.
  • You’ll need to be prepared to reinforce your position and case with supplemental documentation from a physician or mental health professional that verifies your need for the animal.

Click here for another Dept. of Housing and Urban Development document that refers to these and other issues.

 

ESA letter for Prospective Rental and Landlord

Some rental managers may require you to provide a 3rd party verification of your status as needing an ESA for your treatment process in order to make any exceptions and accommodate your ESA. You will need to provide additional information to us as we create a letter specific to your needs.

$50.00

Checkout and complete your payment. Payment occurs in real time and you are immediately notified by a confirmation page at the conclusion of the checkout process.

You will also receive an email confirmation. The email will display a link and instructions for completing the online clinical testing and session component of the process. Global Shores Counseling will keep you informed every step of the way. If you have any questions – please email or call Global Shores Counseling.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1) Test scores, raw data, test questions/answers, and subjective results of interview questions, and counseling session notes are not available to clients or other inquirers. Only the specific services purchased will be provided.

2) Global Shores Counseling cannot guarantee a property manager or airline company will not inadvertently or intentionally violate law by discriminating against you, despite possessing a valid treatment recommendation letter.

3) By ordering and paying for these services from Global Shores Counseling, the purchaser acknowledges and accepts the above terms.

4) All test content/questions, client answers/responses, therapist notes, etc. are the sole property of Global Shores Counseling and are unavailable to the client, original purchaser, and/or any public entity.

CONTACT:

(904) 323- 3104

globalshorescounseling@gmail.com