The process to obtain an emotional support animal letter in Pennsylvania is relatively straightforward. This is especially true when you work with an online ESA provider, such as Pettable. You simply need to be evaluated by a licensed mental health professional who can practice in your state. They can assess your symptoms and write you an official ESA letter, if you qualify.
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If your mental health and well-being would benefit from having the companionship of an emotional support animal, Pennsylvania is amenable to your needs. The state's laws and policies are in line with the Fair Housing Act (FHA), which protects the rights of assistance animals and their owners. In particular, you are guaranteed the right to have your emotional support animal live with you, provided you have a valid ESA letter for housing.
Although under federal law, service animals are legally entitled to be admitted to most public venues (including workplaces), emotional support animals do not have the same protection. This includes shops, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, theaters, and libraries. If you wish to bring your ESA with you to one of these places, make sure to present your ESA letter to the owner or manager (or your boss) and ask whether they would consider accommodating your needs.
Airlines are subject to the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and their policies on emotional support animals are, in practice, similar to other establishments. They are not required to accept emotional support animals – only service animals. If you are planning a trip and want to take your ESA with you, contact the airline in advance to see whether they will allow your companion animal on board the aircraft. You should always provide your ESA letter as proof of their official status. Should the airline refuse, your emotional support animal may be able to travel with you as an ordinary pet – in the cabin, if they're small enough to fit in a carrier and the airline permits it, or in the cargo hold. You’ll have to read up on the airline’s usual pet policy. Otherwise, you could consider training your ESA as a psychiatric service dog (PSD) so that they will be permitted to join you in the cabin for future flights.
You’ll find that the laws surrounding housing in Pennsylvania are amenable to emotional service animals. The Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stipulate that landlords must make reasonable accommodations for ESAs and their owners, as long as they can provide a valid ESA letter. This is the case even if your housing provider has a no-pets policy. Your ESA letter also exempts you from any pet fees and weight or breed restrictions that your landlord might otherwise impose.
In Pennsylvania, if you have a mental or emotional disability, you may be entitled to obtain official status for your emotional support animal. However, only a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) can determine if you have a qualifying condition. If they determine that you do, they can make an emotional support animal an official part of your mental health treatment plan.
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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.
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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.