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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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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.

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 accommodation for tenants to live with their emotional support or service animals, as long as they can provide a valid ESA or PSA 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 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 accommodation for tenants to live with their emotional support or service animals, as long as they can provide a valid ESA or PSA 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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Michigan's ESA Travel Laws

While service dogs are allowed to ride in the cabin on flights, recent changes to the Air Carrier Access Act no longer require airlines to accept emotional support animals within the cabin. Each airline can now make the decision as to whether or not they'll accommodate your ESA. 

It's best to contact your airline in advance to find out if they will be willing to accommodate you and your support animal. Otherwise, your animal may fly with you as a pet, in a small carrier under your seat. 

Modes of public transportation in Michigan are also not obligated to accept ESAs. In order to travel in public or be accepted in public places, animals need to be designated as service dogs (more detail on this in the FAQ section).

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 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, a renowned legal team, and a commitment to making sure you have an incredible experience. 

We broke down the different services offered by every ESA service. And we looked for unbiased reviews from 3rd party sites.

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Verified Reviews: 4.8/5
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Google: 4.4/5
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Trust Pilot: 4.7/5
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Facebook: 4.6/5
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*review chart on how Pettable stacks up vs. the rest

What our pet parents are saying

Verified customers. Real reviews.
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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.
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Meet our Selected Therapists

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Bolutife "Bolu", LCSW-S, MPA

Licensed Therapist
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.

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19 Reviews

Shaunae, M.S., LPC

Licensed Therapist
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.

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32 Reviews

Michael, LPC, LCDC

Licensed Therapist
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.

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Jasmine, LCMHC

Licensed Therapist
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.

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29 Reviews

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.

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Melissa, LCSW

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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