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More on the service dog quest.

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Got these links from someone at the Icarus Project forums.  I will provide some excerpts to highlight as I can.

The Psychiatric Service Dog Society (PSDS)

The Psychiatric Service Dog Society (PSDS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to responsible Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD) education, advocacy, research and training facilitation. We provide essential information for persons disabled by severe mental illness, who wish to train a service dog to assist with the management of symptoms. We consult regularly with mental healthcare providers in their efforts to learn more about PSD. We also host an online community of service dog handlers veteran and new. Please note: we do not provide or train dogs for individuals. We are an educational and capacity-building organization dedicated to responsible Psychiatric Service Dog community stewardship.

Psychiatric Service Dogs, Very Special Dogs, Indeed

The purpose of this posting is to explain just what Psychiatric Service Dogs are and how they help with PTSD and other psychiatric disorders…
…Psychiatric service dogs are specifically trained to help individuals deal with the symptoms of their disabilities. Psychiatric conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Severe Depression, Panic Attacks, Phobias, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders respond well to the work of these special dogs.

(italicized emphasis mine)

Fair Housing Information Sheet # 6: Right to Emotional Support Animals in “No Pet” Housing

Currently, my apartment complex imposes a size limitation, and I could request accomodation (if I was qualified):

If one needs an emotional support animal to ease the symptoms of a disability (as defined above), he or she should request a reasonable accommodation, in writing, from the landlord, manager or other appropriate authority. The request should state that the tenant has a disability and explain how the requested accommodation will be helpful. In addition, the tenant should include a note from his or her service provider, such as a doctor or therapist, verifying the need for the support animal (see sample letter, below, as an example). Note that the tenant need not disclose the details of the disability, nor provide a detailed medical history.

Management also imposes a pet deposit, which I could request exemption from:

The Housing & Urban-Rural Recovery Act of 1983 protects the right of tenants in federally assisted housing for the elderly or persons with disabilities to have a pet, and further provides that the landlord is entitled to charge a deposit for that pet to cover any resulting damage to the property. However, if a pet is more properly characterized as a “service animal,” the tenant should be exempt from the deposit. According to HUD’s internal regulations:

Service animals that assist persons with disabilities are considered to be auxiliary aids and are exempt from the pet policy and from the refundable pet deposit. Examples include guide dogs for persons with vision impairments, hearing dogs for people with hearing impairments, and emotional assistance animals for persons with chronic mental illness.

Occupancy Requirements of Subsidized Multifamily Housing Programs, HUD, No. 4350.3, 4-13(b) (1998).

However, I would have to prove that it would not create a financial burden on management for such an exemption.

Author: jaklumen

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6 thoughts on “More on the service dog quest.

  1. That is amazing. I had not idea that there were Psychiatric Service Dogs. How wonderful!!!! I hope that your quest is victorious and that you are able to get a dog that would be a great benefit to you, Jak. I know that my dogs bring me such comfort and joy. I am presently looking into greyhounds. The rescue adoption association does a home visit!!! Yikes. I mean, I hope they don't expect our older dog to just be great that first visit. Let me know how things go for you in trying to get this approved!

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  2. I found this on a blog called NeuroTalk

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  3. That was amazingly eye-opening and educational. I had no idea! How wonderful. I wrote a post on the discrimination of mental illness and I think it a step forward that a dog could be such a help to someone and am enouraged for Jak that this could happen for him!!

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  4. There may be a problem. Apparently, Washington State has specific laws with regards to Service Animals. And the ADA actually does have a specific list of things a dog may be trained to do in order to qualify as a service dog. The Justice Department enforces these laws. I am unable to get any concrete information about what the laws here in Washington are with regards to service animals except that it's deemed unlawful to have one if you don't have a disability (really specific, I know). I'm currently contacting a training facility outside Washington to try and get the information I need.

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  5. Washington State Law says, basically, that you can't use a dog as a guide if you're not blind. And that users of service dogs can't be discriminated against. IT defines a "service dog" in this way:

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  6. This is a link for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (with changes made in 2008).

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