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Tip Sheets and Issue Briefs

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    Tuesday, July 20, 2021

    Emotional Support Animals: The Basics

    An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is an animal that provides therapeutic benefit (e.g., emotional support, comfort, companionship) to a person with a mental health or psychiatric disability (such as a serious mental health condition). An ESA is not considered a Service Animal, but under U.S. law, an emotional support animal is also not considered a pet and is generally not restricted by the type of animal.1, 2 Any domesticated animal may be considered as an ESA (e.g., cats, dogs, mice, rabbits, birds, hedgehogs, rats, minipigs, ferrets, etc.) and they can be any age. However, an ESA must be able to be manageable in public and does not create a nuisance. In this tip sheet we describe what an Emotional Support Animal is an is not as well as how someone can look into getting one.

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    Tuesday, July 20, 2021

    Can I Bring My Emotional Support Animal to College with Me?

    Do you know that you can take your Emotional Support Animal (ESA) with you to college? Find out more about bringing your ESA to college with you in this tip sheet.

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    Monday, August 31, 2020

    Before a Mental Health Crisis Hits: Creating a Family Safety Plan

    A Family Safety Plan is a tool created collaboratively with your loved one with lived experience of mental health condition(s), family members, medical staff and friends. It’s your “playbook” of the best ways to minimize or divert a mental health crisis. 

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Presentations

  • Thursday, November 14, 2019

    Trauma-Informed Inpatient Care: Utilizing Trauma-Focused, Evidence-Based Interventions to Treat Traumatized Adolescents in Inpatient Settings

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    Saturday, June 01, 2019

    Young Adult Brain Development

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    Monday, March 04, 2019

    Tips and Tricks to Developing and Sustaining Youth Advisory Councils in Mental Health Organizations

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