For Maryland residents, the first step to obtaining an ESA letter is to meet with a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) who can work in your state. This clinician will conduct an individualized assessment to determine whether you qualify for an emotional support animal in Maryland.
One of the most convenient ways to meet with a LMHP is through a telehealth platform such as Pettable. By offering online consultations with LMHPs who are authorized to practice in Maryland, we eliminate the hassle of having to travel to your therapist’s office. Instead, you can meet with a licensed mental health professional from the comfort of your own home.Emotional Support Animals in Maryland
Maryland law protects the rights of emotional support animals and their owners. Most importantly, you are legally entitled to have your emotional support animal live with you. All you have to do to exercise this right is to obtain a legitimate ESA letter from a mental health professional.
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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.
According to the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as long as you can provide a valid ESA letter, your landlord must make reasonable accommodations for your emotional support animal to live with you in your residence – even if it is usually a “no pets” property. Your ESA letter also waives any pet deposits, additional fees, and weight or breed restrictions that your housing provider may typically require.
Unlike the right to housing, the right to air travel is not guaranteed for emotional support animals, even if you have a valid ESA letter. Under the revised Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), while service animals must be allowed on all flights, airlines can determine on a case-by-case basis whether or not they will admit emotional support animals. Before making travel plans, ask the airline whether they will accommodate your emotional support animal, and don’t forget to provide your ESA letter. If the airline does not make special allowances for emotional support animals, your companion animal may still be able to fly with you as an ordinary pet. Another option is to train them as a psychiatric service dog (PSD), thus guaranteeing that they will be admitted to the airline cabin with you.
When it comes to other public places (and your workplace), Maryland state law protects service animals, but it does not obligate proprietors or employers to allow emotional support animals. However, it never hurts to show your ESA letter to your boss or the manager of an establishment and see whether they will compromise with you. Otherwise, you'll need to seek out a pet-friendly establishment or leave your emotional support animal at home.
How Do You Qualify for an ESA in Maryland?
To qualify for an emotional support animal, Maryland requires you to have a live appointment (either face-to-face or online) with a licensed mental health professional who can assess your mental or emotional disability. If they determine that you have a disability-related need for an emotional support animal, they will write you an ESA letter to make it official.
You can count on Pettable to put in the extra effort to ensure that your PSD or ESA letter works for you. With our world-class mental health professionals and a team of legal experts, we’ve made sure that every step of our process aligns with federal and state laws. If there’s any problem with your letter that we can't resolve, we'll offer you a 100% satisfaction guarantee – meaning you’ll receive a full refund for our services.
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Jennifer Bronsnick is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Anxiety Treatment Specialist, & Heartmath Certified Trainer. She provides customized workshops and trainings to working professionals and teams to help build resilience and reduce stress with practical strategies.
I graduated with a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before obtaining my Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 2021. I have eight years of experience in the mental health field working in and with various populations, including case management, intake coordination, and residential, inpatient, and outpatient programs. I am certified in Brainspotting to help individuals deeply process negative emotions and trauma/significant life events. Additionally, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and safety planning in sessions/groups.
LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
I offer extensive experience supporting individuals in both outpatient and residential settings in the fields of social work and mental health. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor-II, Substance Abuse Professional, Certified First Responder Counselor, and Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider.
As a clinical social worker, I have been able to work within multiple types of settings, such as hospitals, community centers, and family welfare. I enjoy having the clinical and administrative experience to holistically serve those I work with.