The process required to obtain an emotional support animal letter in Hawaii involves having a live consultation with a licensed mental health professional who can work in your state. Only they have the authority to determine if you are eligible for an emotional support animal and write an ESA letter.
With the rise of telehealth markets, like Pettable, this process – that might otherwise be a hassle – becomes simple and convenient. Connect with one of our LMHPs today!
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The state of Hawaii is aware of the struggle it is to cope with an emotional or mental disability. Because of this, they have laws and guidelines in place to protect the rights of ESA owners and their assistance animals – including the ability to live anywhere with an emotional support animal, as long as you've obtained a valid ESA housing letter.
Airline flights (under the Air Carrier Access Act), workplaces, and most other public places are legally required to accommodate service animals. When it comes to emotional support animals, however, these facilities are under no such obligations. If you'd like your ESA to accompany you, you'll want to provide your ESA letter and ask the airline, employer, or other establishment owners ahead of time if they might be willing to admit your furry companion. Should they refuse, you'll need to leave your support animal at home or perhaps seek out a pet-friendly establishment instead.
If an airline refuses you, your ESA could fly with you as a regular pet would – adhering to any fees and policies the airline has in place for this. Or you could consider having your emotional support animal trained as a psychiatric service animal so that they can be allowed on any flight.
In addition, ESAs entering Hawaii must quarantine, like any other pet, as is the state's policy. This is not so for service animals, as long as they meet stringent requirements for vaccination and previous health inspections, as well as a brief inspection upon arrival in Hawaii.
In accordance with the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Hawaii requires housing providers to make reasonable accommodation for tenants with service animals or emotional support animals to live with their animal companions. This is true no matter what the landlord's typical pet policy is. They also cannot impose any further fees or breed or weight restrictions on you or the animal. For an ESA, you must provide your landlord with a valid ESA letter to claim these benefits.
In Hawaii, knowingly misrepresenting an emotional support animal, service animal, or other assistance animal is punishable by a fine between $250 and $2,000, or possibly even imprisonment for less than six months.
A licensed mental health professional is the only one who can legally determine whether or not your mental health condition makes you eligible for an emotional support or service animal. Upon evaluating your situation and disability, they must conclude that you have a disability-related need for the assistance animal, meaning it relieves a symptom of your condition by providing a comforting presence.
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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.
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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.
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We broke down the service offerings and customer reviews for other top ESA providers online and compared them to Pettable. Check out our findings:
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.
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.