Emotional Support Animal Letter

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Emotional Support Animal Letter

An Emotional Support Animal Letter is a document issued by a licensed mental health professional that certifies an individual’s need for an emotional support animal (ESA) as part of their treatment plan. This letter must outline how the individual’s animal aids in managing or alleviating symptoms of a diagnosed mental or emotional disorder. The document typically includes the therapist’s license information, the date, and an explicit statement about the necessity of the ESA for the individual’s mental health.

This letter is critical in granting persons with mental health challenges the right to live with their emotional support animals in housing that may otherwise have pet restrictions. It can also be used when traveling to help obtain reasonable accommodations that allow the emotional support animal to accompany its owner on flights or in housing facilities.

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How to Fill out the ESA Letter

If you are a licensed professional and would like to write an ESA letter so that your patient could get an emotional support animal, you can use our form-building software to do so.

Also, check out our step-by-step guide to filling out the letter below to help you fill in all the information required for a successful application.

Obtain the Official Form Template

The letter must be written on the official letterhead of the person signing the document.

Date the Letter

Enter a date for filling out the letter. It is important to note that the duration of the letter cannot exceed a period of one year. After that, it is required to reconfirm the patient’s diagnosis and re-write the letter.

step 2 date the letter filling out esa letter

Provide the Specialist’s Data

It is necessary to indicate:

  • Professional name
  • Position
  • License number and details
  • The address
  • Contact number
  • Email

step 3 provide the specialist’s data filling out esa letter

Put the Appeal

The specialist can indicate a specific appeal or write “To Whom It May Concern.”

step 4 put the appeal filling out esa letter

Identify the Patient

It is necessary to indicate the patient’s full name and the period of the observation by a specialist.

step 5 identify the patient filling out esa letter

Specify the Patient’s First Name

In these blank spaces, you should only indicate the Patient’s First name.

step 6 specify the patient’s first name filling out esa letter

Describe the Limitations (if any)

Indicate what limitations the patient has in connection with the mental illness.

step 7 describe the limitations (if any) filling out esa letter

Repeat the Patient’s Name

The patient’s full name should be entered again in the blank.

step 8 repeat the patient’s name filling out esa letter

Give a Recommendation Concerning Flights

The specialist may also write that the patient needs to fly with their ESA. Airlines would like the letter to indicate the type of animal, breed, and weight.

Sign the Letter

Put your signature, thereby certifying the authenticity of the letter.

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