For North Dakota residents, the process of obtaining an emotional support animal (ESA) letter online is fairly straightforward. Your first step is to have a consultation with a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) who is authorized to practice in your state. If they conclude that you are eligible for an emotional support animal, they will write you an official ESA letter that you can start using right away.
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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.
Individuals who struggle with their mental health have the potential to benefit from the presence of an emotional support animal in their lives. North Dakota law and federal law both recognize the therapeutic value of emotional support animals, and stipulate that ESA owners should have equal access to housing opportunities – as long as their need for an assistance animal has been verified by a licensed professional.
As you may already know, emotional support animals do not enjoy the same legal protections that service animals do. Specifically, although service animals are allowed to accompany their owners to virtually any public place, emotional support animals are only admitted at the discretion of the venue’s owner or manager. If you would like to bring your ESA to a shop, restaurant, hotel, or workplace that is not explicitly pet-friendly, your best option is to explain the situation to the person in charge and offer to show them your ESA letter. They may choose to accommodate you and your ESA, although there is no guarantee of this, even if you have a valid letter from a licensed therapist.
This also applies to commercial airlines (in accordance with the Air Carrier Access Act). For air travel, make sure to contact the airline as soon as you can, as they consider ESA requests on a case-by-case basis. If your ESA is refused special permissions, you may still be able to book them onto the flight as an ordinary pet, subject to the airline’s pet fees and policies.
If this all sounds somewhat discouraging, there’s good news when it comes to ESAs and housing – including rental properties. Thanks to the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), housing providers cannot discriminate against individuals who live with assistance animals (e.g., service animals or emotional support animals). As a tenant, as long as you can provide your landlord with a legitimate ESA letter, they must make reasonable accommodations for you to reside in the property with your emotional support animal. Your housing provider must also excuse your assistance animal from any breed or weight restrictions, and you shouldn’t have to pay any additional pet fees or deposits for your ESA.
Keep in mind that in North Dakota, being dishonest about ESA or service animal documentation for housing purposes can result in a fine of up to $1,000, as well as eviction from the property. To ensure that you are following the rules and have the correct paperwork in place, it’s a good idea to work with a trusted ESA letter provider like Pettable.
If you're struggling with an emotional or mental disability, you may wonder whether you’re eligible for an emotional support animal. Any animal that helps you to cope with your situation can be an emotional support animal, but to make it official, a mental health professional licensed in North Dakota must assess your circumstances to determine whether you qualify. If, in their professional judgment, you meet the criteria for needing an emotional support animal, they’'ll write you an ESA prescription – better known as an ESA letter.
At Pettable, we always go the extra mile to make sure that your psychiatric service dog (PSD) or ESA letter will work for you. Our mental health professionals will give you the care you need, while our legal support team regularly ensures that our ESA approval process is fully compliant with all federal and North Dakota laws. In the unlikely event that your ESA letter doesn’t work for your housing needs, you'll get a full refund – that’s our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.
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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.
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