To get an emotional support animal letter in Connecticut online, you must meet with a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) – and this meeting must be a live or in-person consultation to be valid. Only an LMHP who can practice in your state can determine if you qualify for an emotional support animal.
Online telemedicine visits and marketplaces – such as Pettable – make this course of action simple and convenient. Without ever leaving the comfort of your home, you can connect with one of our LMHPs today! If your therapist deems you eligible for an emotional support animal, you will receive a digital copy of your ESA letter.
Some companies, like Pettable, can get you a copy of your ESA Letter within 24 hours, excluding California residents, for an additional fee. This can also be requested if you would like a physical copy of your document.
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* For California residents, effective January 1, 2022, new law AB 468 requires those seeking an ESA letter for dogs to establish a client-provider relationship with the individual for at least 30 days prior to providing documentation, which will result in having two consultations before qualifying.
If you live in Connecticut and have been diagnosed with mental or emotional disabilities, you may have been prescribed an emotional support animal (ESA). An emotional support animal can aid with symptoms related to an emotional or mental disability, such as any mental illness, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), manic disorders, and others, including an emotional disability, such as anxiety, depression, and others.
Animal-assisted therapy can have therapeutic benefits for someone suffering from these disorders. Emotional support animals (or therapy animals) offer relief from symptoms, and with the animal's presence, an individual can begin to feel better from their symptoms.
To have an emotional support animal prescription in Connecticut, a licensed mental health provider or professional medical needs to provide you with an emotional support animal letter that will help you receive equal access despite an individual's disability. This letter can help against housing discrimination and protect against paying pet deposits.
In Connecticut, as in all U.S. states, emotional support animals are not automatically permitted in public places. Service animals, on the other hand, generally do have this right. This includes commercial flights, workplaces, shops, restaurants, hotels, libraries, and hospitals.
However, some airlines, employers, and venue owners/managers may accommodate your companion animal, as long as you can show them a valid ESA letter. Of course, if they still will not permit your emotional support animal to enter, you must abide by their decision. Instead, you could seek out a pet-friendly establishment, or leave your ESA at home.
For air travel, you have a few additional options. Your ESA could fly with you as a regular pet – in a carrier in the cabin (if they’re small enough), or in the hold. You’ll also have to accept the airline’s standard pet fees. Alternatively, your emotional support animal could train to become a psychiatric service animal, as service animals are allowed on all flights.
On a more encouraging note, federal and state housing legislation is quite accepting of emotional support animals. The federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protect your right to have your ESA live with you. As long as you can provide an ESA letter, your housing provider must make reasonable accommodations for you and your emotional support animal to live together. This is the case even if the landlord typically has a “no pets” policy. A valid ESA letter also waives any pet fees and breed or weight restrictions that your landlord may typically have in place.
A mental health professional licensed in Connecticut can determine whether you are eligible for an emotional support animal. Specifically, they’ll assess whether you have a qualifying mental health condition and a disability-related need for the companionship of an emotional support animal. Individuals that suffer from anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, agoraphobia, and postpartum depression all have the potential to qualify for an emotional support animal. If your LMHP determines that an emotional support animal would be an asset to your mental health treatment plan, they will write you an official ESA letter that you can use for housing and other purposes.
However, it's essential to remember that this is not an exhaustive list. While an individual must have a mental or emotional disorder to qualify for an ESA, an ESA must also alleviate at least one or more symptoms of an individual's mental health disorder.
If your LMHP determines an emotional support animal would be an asset to your mental health treatment plan, they will write you an ESA letter.
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While emotional support animals may have limited legal rights, they are protected by housing rights.
The Fair Housing Act (FHA) protects a person with a disability from discrimination when obtaining housing. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines a person with a disability as an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Under this law, a landlord must provide what is known as "reasonable accommodation" for individuals with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to reside in a dwelling.
The Connecticut Fair Housing Act applies to all assistance animals, including emotional support animals and service animals. The "reasonable accommodation" expected from the landlord includes the right for individuals to keep ESAs in their homes, regardless of whether or not the building has a "no-pet policy." Because ESAs are not pets, no pet-related policies can be applied to an emotional support animal. This means that ESAs are exempt from a housing complex's weight or breed restrictions on pets and any pet-related fees and deposits.
Unfortunately, no law requires employers to allow ESAs in the workplace. That said, it never hurts to make a personal appeal to HR. If you work more efficiently with your ESA by your side, your employer may be willing to make an exception.
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While psychiatric service dogs and emotional support animals are not interchangeable, obtaining a PSD letter is similar to getting an ESA letter. If you are seeing a therapist or psychiatrist in Connecticut, this is a healthcare professional to connect with about a PSD letter. Even if this individual cannot write an ESA letter, they may know another healthcare professional who can.
There are also online services that can connect you with an LMHP in your state. Pettable can connect you with a therapist that prescribes PSD and ESA letters. It's essential to keep in mind that even if you qualify for an emotional support animal, you may not qualify for a psychiatric service dog. Psychiatric service dogs must be trained to help with a specific aspect of your disability.
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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.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. I graduated from the Catholic University's National Catholic School of Social Service with a Master of Social Work.