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The most effective way to figure out if you are eligible for an emotional support animal is to have a consultation with a qualified mental health professional who is licensed in your state. At Pettable we facilitate these consultations by connecting you with someone for a telehealth consultation via phone, which is easy and extremely convenient. This eliminates the challenge of having to see a clinician in person physically and avoids long lines. Connect with experienced mental health professionals from the comfort of your own home to find out if you qualify for an ESA in Florida.
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Anyone with a mental or emotional disability is eligible to get an ESA in Florida.
The difficulties in having a mental or emotional disability is recognized by the state of Florida. Due to this recognition Florida supports and endorses the use of emotional support animals as a part of someone's mental health treatment.
Florida recently enacted a new law in 2020 to crack down on the misuse of emotional support animals. Not to worry though as we'll walk you through everything you need to know to make sure your letter is legitimate in the state of Florida
That said, for people that need and depend on ESAs, Florida has friendly policies, laws, and approaches towards emotional support animals. The best way to find out if you qualify for an emotional support animal in Florida is to connect with a mental health professional licensed in the state of Florida.
Florida's laws regarding emotional support animals and service animals primarily follows the guidance set at the Federal level. Those laws set at the Federal level extend to the state and grant protections to individuals with an ESA or PSD.
We cover everything you need to know about Florida law and how it affects emotional support animals to help you navigate your rights as well as the accompanying benefits associated with having an emotional support animal in Florida.
Florida has its own laws and regulations that correspond to the Fair Housing Act (FHA, which is a federal law).
This housing law, in particular, is designed to grant people with an emotional support animal (ESA0 the ability to keep their animal regardless of policies or restrictions enacted by landlord. This law was created to protect people who deal with mental or emotional disabilities and give them the ability to live with their pet as they can often be a critical part of their mental health treatment.
Florida's regulation on this can be a bit confusing, but ultimately it appears that employers can determine whether or not to allow emotional support animals into the workplace.
With that said, employers are also not allowed to discriminate on the basis of a disability and if having your emotional support animal with you is critical to your ability to function within your workplace we recommend chatting with your HR team about it to see if a reasonable accommodation can be made.
Florida's travel laws are identical to federal travel regulations governed by the Air Carrier Access Act. The Department of Transportation (which wrote the ACA) changed its regulations regarding emotional support animals in March 2021.
The new guidance is that airlines are now allowed to determine for themselves whether or not they accept emotional support animals.
Florida takes its queues from federal law with respect to travel and as a result if you want to travel with your emotional support animal you need to contact your airlines to determine whether or not they are still accepting of ESAs.
Emotional support animals are also not protected for public transportation within the state of Florida. In order to travel in public or be accepted in public places, animals need to be designated as service animals (more detail on this in the FAQ section).
To see if you are eligible for an emotional support animal in Florida you need to speak with a licensed mental health professional who is able to practice in the state of Florida.
We think the easiest way to do that is by working with a telehealth marketplace like Pettable. What's great about the process is we can connect you to professionals in your state that have extensive experience conducting mental health evaluations for support animals.
There are a variety of benefits that come with having an Emotional Support Animal Letter. HUD created these benefits so people with disabilities can always have the support they need. In this case it means ensuring you can always have your pet by your side and includes the following benefits:
The ADA wants to make sure that people that need support are never prevented from accessing the help they need. As a result, buildings, airlines, or other services that charge fees for you to bring your pet with you cannot legally charge you a pet fee if you have an ESA. The reason being is to make sure everyone can always have their pet that needs it.
Emotional Support Animals are protected by HUD. As a result, with a PSD letter you can ensure your pet is always accepted at any housing unit or apartment complex you ever move to. Much like the ADA regulations, HUD wants to ensure that people who need support from their pets can always have access to their treatment, regardless of where they live.
AirBnBs recognize emotional support animals as a critical component of someone's mental health treatment. As a result, you can legally bring your pet to any AirBnB regardless of their pet policy.
In March of 2021 the DOT release a new set of rules whereby ESAs are no longer federally protected and airlines are allowed to decide whether or not they accept ESAs. Most domestic carriers have decided that they will no longer accept ESAs. There are still many airlines that will honor an ESA and allow you to bring them in the cabin with you and not pay pet fees (Aeromexico, LATAM, Volaris, Westjet, etc). Please read our article on Which Airlines Allow Emotional Support Animals To Travel To Learn More. Before flying with an ESA we always encourage you to call in order to learn more about an airlines specific policy.
1. We Guarantee Our Letters Will Work For You
We believe you should not have to worry about your letter working or not. That's why at Pettable we offer a satisfaction guarantee - meaning your letter works or you get your money back.
2. World Class Mental Health Professionals
We have built a team of world class mental health professionals who can write you a PSD Letter prescription guaranteed to work anywhere you go.
3. Unparalleled Customer Support
We know getting your animal approved to travel or live with you can be stressful, which is why we invest so much in our team of dedicated support specialists to make sure you are always taken care of and have the support you need!
4. Licensed in all 50 states
Our network of mental health professionals is deep and spans across the entire country. Additionally, we have a deep team of mental health professionals to make sure we can meet any timeline.
5. Best In Class Legal Support
We are here to make sure your housing and travel needs are taken care of so you don't worry. Our legal team is dedicated to having your back should you need it!
6. Human Connection & Legitimate Evaluations
In order for your letter to work you need to have a live consultation with a mental health professional. At Pettable we make sure our clinicians adhered to HUD standards and conduct consultations over the phone to get to know you and your mental health situation well.
Pettable is the best provider because we're committed to making sure the process works for you. That means working with the best and most experience mental health professionals in the psychiatric service dog letter space, as well as providing a guarantee that your letter will work for you. We back all of this up with outstanding customer support, a renowned legal team, and a commitment to making sure you have an increidble experience.
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Reviewed in Florida, April 15th, 2021
“I had such a great experience with Pettable from beginning to end. Rhiana was super helpful and thoroughly explained everything during my consultation. She created such a safe and comfortable environment during our conversation, making the process seamless. I highly recommend Pettable’s ESA services to my family and friends.”
Reviewed in Texas, August 10th, 2021
"I had a great experience with Pettable! I filled a form online and was contacted by a therapist shortly after. She was so nice and professional, really made me feel comfortable. The whole process went smooth and finally we got the ESA letter for Vito. First thing we did was take him to the beach for the first time! He had a blast with the sand and enjoy the water so we will definitely fly back there soon. Thank you so much for your services!"
Reviewed in Michigan, May 17th, 2021
“You were very attentive and I’m very satisfied with the provider I was assigned with, thank you again for helping relieve the stress of not being able to take my furry baby to our new home.”
Bolutife "Bolu", LCSW-S, MPA
Equipped with over 13 years, Bolu has worked with various populations (adolescents, couples, families, and adults), but finds passion in working with the BIPOC community suffering from trauma.
Shaunae, M.S., LPC
I have worked in the mental health field for 10 years with experience across diverse populations and communities. I’m dedicated to ensuring the best care possible.
Michael, LPC, LCDC
I graduated from UT Dallas with my BA in Psychology, University of the Southwest with my MS in counseling, and California Southern University with my PsyD in Psychology, but have been an LPC and LCDC since 2011.
I graduated with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. I completed my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Since graduating, I have been working in private practice.
Rhiana, MA, LPC, LAC
Licensed Professional Counselor
I primarily work with people experiencing homelessness. I began doing emotional support evaluations to increase housing access to all.
Clinical Social Worker
I have a BA in Psychology and completed my Masters in Social Work. I've spent my career as a clinical social worker, providing behavioral health support to patients.