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How to Get an ESA Letter in Rhode Island Online

Thanks to the growing availability of telehealth services such as Pettable, getting an emotional support animal (ESA) letter online has never been easier. From the comfort of your own home, you can connect with a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) authorized to practice in Rhode Island. If your therapist determines that you qualify for an emotional support animal, they'll write you an ESA prescription (also known as an ESA letter) that you can use for housing and other purposes.

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Emotional Support Animals in Rhode Island

If you are one of the millions of Americans dealing with mental health challenges, you may stand to benefit from the presence of an emotional support animal in your life. Thankfully, both Rhode Island law and federal law recognize that an ESA can be an invaluable asset to one’s emotional well-being and overall quality of life, and protect your right to full and equal access to housing with your emotional support animal – even in “no pets” properties. 

ESA Laws in Rhode Island

As in all U.S. states, housing regulations in Rhode Island must be in line with the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These laws offer certain protections to owners of personal assistance animals (i.e., service animals or emotional support animals). Specifically, housing providers must make reasonable accommodations not only for service animals, but also for emotional support animals, as long as the tenant can present a valid ESA letter. Furthermore, the property owner cannot impose any additional fees or weight or breed restrictions on ESA owners, regardless of their usual pet policies. 

Beyond housing regulations, however, there are very different rules for emotional support animals than for service animals. Unlike service animals, emotional support animals are not guaranteed access to most public places (e.g., shops, restaurants, theaters, hotels, and workplaces). Instead, if you want your ESA to accompany you to a certain establishment, you must ask the owner or manager (or your boss) for permission. It is entirely at their discretion to decide whether they will admit your companion animal. Bringing your ESA letter can help strengthen your case, although it is by no means a guarantee. 

Under the terms of the Air Carrier Access Act, similar rules apply to commercial aircraft. If you would like your ESA to fly with you, you should contact the airline in plenty of time before your scheduled travel date. If you explain your situation and offer to show your ESA letter, they may make a special allowance for you. If not, your emotional support animal may still be able to fly with you as a regular pet, subject to the airline’s usual policies and fees.

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How Do You Qualify for an ESA in Rhode Island?

Only a licensed mental health professional can determine whether you meet the eligibility criteria for an emotional support animal in Rhode Island. For your ESA to be granted official status, your therapist must conclude that you have an emotional or mental disability that significantly affects your daily life and inhibits major life activities. If this is the case, your LMHP can make an emotional support animal an official part of your treatment plan. 

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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 Letter Provider in Rhode Island

It's easy to see that Pettable is a cut above the rest – especially when you look at our services and customer ratings side by side with those of our competitors. See for yourself how we compare to other major online ESA letter providers. 

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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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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."
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Bolutife "Bolu", LCSW-S, MPA

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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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Shaunae, M.S., LPC

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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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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

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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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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

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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.

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