As CEO of ESADoggy, my team is often asked about fake ESA letters sold on the Internet, $49 instant certificates, leases, collars, tags, and the what-not.
Here’s our response.
According to HUD’s Fair Housing Act, an emotional support animal letter of recommendation is based on an individual’s “disability and disability-related need” for an assistance animal.
Simple enough, here’s where it gets wonky.
Nearly all online ESA vendors engage therapists who review self-reported answers from a cheesy online mental health assessment. Rarely, in fact, almost never, will those therapists engage with a client.
How else can they provide a $35 ESA letter — for which a therapist is compensated $10 for their review of a DSM–5 Self-Rated Level 1 Cross Cut Symptom Measure.
That is unethical at best.
When providing just an assessment, it’s ESADoggy’s position that our therapists cannot ethically assert a client relationship.
Making an informed decision
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