Anonymous asked in PetsOther - Pets · 8 years ago

Question about getting emotional support/ psyciatric service animal?

I have severe anxiety & depression. How can I get my doctor to write a perscription for me to get an emotional support/ psyciatric service animal? And how do I get my landlord to accept it?


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  • 8 years ago
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    SERVICE DOG: (Including Psychiatric Service Dogs) Provide specialized task assistance to qualified disabled individuals. You MUST be disabled under ADA standards to have a service dog. Having a condition, a Doctors note, being on social security disability, having a disabled plate/placard for your car etc ... does NOT mean you are disabled under ADA standards. If you are not disabled under ADA standards, you do not qualify. If you don't qualify, no service dog.

    Second, there must be a task or tasks that the dog can be trained to perform, that you cannot do yourself, that is directly related to your disability, that'll mitigate your disability. It must be something you cannot do that is directly related to your disability, that a dog can be trained to do for you.

    Service dogs are highly trained animals that, along with their disabled handler, are granted nearly unlimited access under the law. Because of this these dogs must be highly trained and socialized. The punishments for having a fake one (either a pet you're claiming to be a service dog or having a service dog but being unqualified to have one) are severe. It's federal fraud, punishable by high fines, jail time and confiscation of your dog - forever.

    If you live in rental property, you must submit to the landlord a letter requesting accommodation. He may or may not ask for a letter from your doctor stating that you are disabled and in need of a service animal.

    You wait for approval before bring your animal onto the rental property.

    Regarding Psychiatric Service Dogs:

    "It is not enough to have a mental illness to qualify as a person with a disability under the ADA. According to the NIMH, 26.2% of adults in the U.S. suffer from a mental illness in any given year, but only 6% are severely mentally ill. So more than three quarters of those with a diagnosed mental illness are not disabled by that illness and would not qualify to use a service animal even if they would benefit from one."

    EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL (ESA): Provide comfort, support and companionship. You must be mentally disabled our have a mental condition that is severe enough to be disabling.

    You must be under the ongoing care of a mental health professional. A regular Dr will not do.

    Your mental health professional must decide that an ESA is the best for your ongoing treatment plan and must prescribe the ESA. You don't decide - they do.

    The mental health professional must write you a note prescribing an ESA.

    Take this note to your landlord, along with a letter requesting accommodation, or send it registered mail.

    Wait for approval before bringing your ESA onto the rental property. If the animal shows signs of aggression or unduly disrupts the other tenants, the approval can be revoked.

    An ESA can be any domestic animal within reason, while service animals can only be dogs, and in special situations miniature horses, only. ESA's require no special training. Under the law they are pets. They do not have any special public access with their handler and they are not protected under ADA law.


    Source(s): Service dog owner/handler and ADA service dog law violation investigator
  • 8 years ago

    to get a "service dog" you have to be legally DISABLED.... anxiety and depression do not qualify you as disabled... A psych service dog is for someone with a very severe disorder, such as PTSD. A service dog is an animal specifically trained to perform some task or duty to mitigate his handler's disability.

    You could get an Emotional Support Dog.. It is NOT a service dog tho, and does NOT have the same public access rights as a service dog either. You cannot take your dog to grocery stores, restraunts, etc. The only "rights" an ESA has, is that it "might" be allowed in housing that normally does not allow pets.. and some allowances to take the dog in-cabin on flights (check with the airline first). ESA are not protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act tho.. so, your landlord is under NO legal obligation to allow you to have the dog anways, not even with a note from your Dr.

    How to get your Dr to write you a note? Ask him and talk to him about the situation.. The Dr will determine if he feels a dog may help you or not.

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    8 years ago

    An ESA and a PSD are two completely different things. Your treating mental health professional needs to first of all diagnose you as legally disabled by your condition as defined by the ADA, and determine that you would benefit from such a thing. Set up an appointment and speak to them about it. Realize you're labeling yourself as so mentally ill that you're disabled by it by seeking an ESA or PSD.

  • 8 years ago

    I would simply ask your doctor about the process it would take in order to get that to happen. I'm sure they will give you a straightforward answer on how to get it gone. After that happens you can go with this for your landlord. Look through this article and then the more specific one below:

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