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How to Get an ESA Letter in Michigan Online

To get an emotional support animal letter in Michigan, you must have a live consultation with a mental health professional licensed in your state who can decide if you qualify for an ESA

The prevalence of telemedicine has made this process ultra convenient and efficient. You now can meet with a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) without having to face traffic or long lines, or even leaving the comfort of your home!

Connect with one of our clinicians today to find out if you qualify for an emotional support animal in Michigan.

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Our fast and simple process:

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We'll help with any extra forms you need signed and our therapists are available to talk to your landlord anytime, for an additional fee.

* 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.

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Emotional Support Animals in Michigan

If you have an emotional or mental disability, you may be eligible for an emotional support animal in Michigan. The state acknowledges the critical part an emotional support animal can play in a patient's mental health treatment plan. 

Being empathetic to those with mental health conditions, the state also strives to keep friendly policies and laws in place to protect the rights of ESAs and their owners.

ESA Laws in Michigan

Like other states, the federal laws regarding emotional support or service animals fully apply in Michigan. In addition, Michigan residents who falsely claim to have an assistance animal may also face fines, community service, or even some jail time. 

Read on for details into housing, employment, and travel laws for emotional support animals in Michigan. This information can help you get a full understanding of all your rights and protections as an ESA owner.

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Michigan ESA Housing Laws

Michigan falls under the federal regulations for ESA housing laws, laid out in the Fair Housing Act (FHA). This law states that landlords must make reasonable accommodations for tenants to live with their emotional support or service animals, as long as they can provide a valid ESA letter. 

This is the case even when a housing provider doesn't allow pets on the premises (as assistance animals are not classified as "pets"). The landlord must also refrain from setting weight or breed restrictions on the animal, and can only refuse them if they pose a direct threat to the safety of others.

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Michigan Fair Housing & Employment Act

While service animals are allowed in public spaces, emotional support animals typically do not have this same protection and are only allowed in places where other pets are allowed. 

This includes places of employment, so your employer has no obligation to allow your ESA to accompany you to work. However, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, an employer also cannot discriminate against employees based on disability. Because of this, you may be able to come to an agreement with your employer or HR department in which they'll be willing to accommodate your ESA, provided you show a valid ESA letter.

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How Do You Qualify for an ESA in Michigan? 

If you're interested in qualifying for an emotional support animal in Michigan, you must first meet with a mental health professional licensed in your state. They can assess your mental health condition and symptoms to determine if you are eligible for an ESA, and then write you an ESA letter to make it official. 

One of the most convenient ways to do this is to work through a telehealth marketplace like Pettable. We match you with an experienced LMHP who is familiar with the process of incorporating animals into a treatment plan, as well as ESA laws in your state.

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Why Pettable? 

1. We Guarantee Our Letters Will Work For You
We believe you should not have to worry about your letter working. 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 an ESA 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 the entire country. Additionally, we have a deep team of mental health professionals to ensure we can meet any timeline.

5. Trusted by Over 200,000 Pet Parents
200,000+ pet parents like you have successfully attained housing accommodations for their emotional support animal using an ESA letter obtained through Pettable's network of clinicians.

6. Human Connection & Legitimate Evaluations
For your letter to work, you need to have a live consultation with a mental health professional. At Pettable we make sure our clinicians adhere to HUD standards and conduct consultations over the phone to get to know you and your mental health situation well.

Why Pettable?


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.

Why Pettable is the Best Online ESA Provider in Michigan

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 experienced 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 and a commitment to making sure you have an incredible experience. 

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Verified Reviews: 4.8/5
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Trust Pilot: 4.7/5
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What our pet parents are saying

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I had an incredible experience with Pettable. I had just moved and was looking for a new therapist, but knew an ESA would really help me with the transition, so I came to Pettable to get documentation so I didn’t have to wait months to get approval from my landlord to bring a pet home. The process was straightforward, timely, and made me feel so valid in my journey. Now I am raising a puppy and never been happier and healthier! I can’t recommend Pettable enough! 
“The process was straightforward, timely, and made me feel so valid in my journey.
Maddee W. Dog parent
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My pup provides relief in stressful situations, particularly when I'm away on necessary travel. Pettable was an amazing resource, connecting me with a therapist who listened to my situation and provided advice above and beyond. I could hear Rhiana's compassion over our call and appreciated her patience. Grateful for this service!"
“I could hear Rhiana's compassion over our call and appreciated her patience.
Austin K. Dog parent
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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."
“Thank you again for helping relieve the stress.
Lauren M. Cat parent
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Meet Our Top Licensed Clinicians

Jennifer Bronsnick

MSW, LCSW

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.

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Emilie Kay

MSW, LCSW

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.

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Kassie Claughton

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.

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Marvy Beckman

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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.

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