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Emotional Support Animals: Sample Letter From Doctor

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The following sample letter from a doctor was prepared by the Judge David L. Bazelon Center For Mental Health.

If the doctor wants to see citations for the medical literature mentioned in the letter, point him or her to: www.bazelon.org/issues/housing/infosheets/fhinfosheet6.html offsite link.

 To Be Written On Stationery of Professional (therapist, physician, psychiatrist, rehabilitation counselor)

[date]

Dear [Housing Authority/Landlord]:

[Full Name of Tenant] is my patient, and has been under my care since [date]. I am intimately familiar with his/her history and with the functional limitations imposed by his/her disability. He/She meets the definition of disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Due to [an] illness, [first name] has certain limitations regarding [social interaction/coping with stress/anxiety, etc.] In order to help alleviate these difficulties, and to enhance his/her ability to live independently and to fully use and enjoy the dwelling unit you own and/or administer, I am prescribing an emotional support animal that will assist [first name] in coping with his/her disability.

I am familiar with the voluminous professional literature concerning the therapeutic benefits of assistance animals for people with disabilities such as that experienced by [first name]. Upon request, I will share citations to relevant studies, and would be happy to answer other questions you may have concerning my recommendation that [Full Name of Tenant] have an emotional support animal. Should you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Name of Professional

 

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