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This Holiday Season, Emotional Support Animals are Vital Help for People with Mental Health Conditions
San Francisco, California (PRWEB) November 25, 2013
This holiday season, many people with mental health conditions will be traveling with their emotional support animals on airplanes headed to destinations across the country.
"We all know the holidays are a stressful time for people, but for people with mental illness, the stress can sometimes intensify their illness to the point of deteriorating their ability to function. However, an emotional support animal can help a person cope and keep them stable," says San Francisco therapist Michael Halyard.
"For those hoping to travel to see loved ones across the country, theres the stress of getting there, but for some theres also the stress of being with friends and relatives that the person may have moved across the country to avoid," adds Halyard.
Halyard is a San Francisco Marriage and Family Therapist and can be found on the websites http://www.sftherapy.com/ and http://www.sanfrancisco-psychotherapy.com.
Emotional support animals are pets that provide therapeutic benefit to their owners through devotion, affection and companionship. Unlike other service animals, emotional support animals do not require training to carry out specific tasks, and require only the same amount of training as an ordinary house pet.
"Emotional support animals provide emotional security, unconditional love, and act as a secure base for their owners," explains Halyard.
"Many people struggle due to trauma that triggered a psychological inability to function in day to day activities. Other people have biological-based psychiatric disorders that affect their ability to function. For all of the above, the company of a beloved pet serving as an emotional support animal can considerably diminish or eliminate their symptoms," adds Halyard.
Halyard says whether it disorders like Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Agoraphobia, Panic Disorder, PTSD, Autism Spectrum Disorders or Schizophrenia, people who have psychiatric disabilities can benefit tremendously from having an emotional support animal present in their lives.
"For some people, their emotional support animal is the one thing keeping them stable in spite of suffering from severe mental illness," argues Halyard.
The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 (ACAA) is the federal law that allows psychiatric patients to bring emotional support animals on commercial aircraft. "Emotional support animal" is legal terminology and defines rights to owners by the ACAA.
"The ACAA has made airline travel possible for many people with mental illness--for many, the animals have an amazing calming effect that works better than any drug or therapy," adds Halyard.
Airlines are used to people bringing their emotional support animals on board and have policies in place. Most airlines dont charge an extra fee for emotional support animals but they do require the proper documentation and advanced notice 48 prior to the flight.
In order to have your pet become an emotional support animal, you need to get a letter from your physician or licensed mental health professional recommending the emotional support animal to help with your psychiatric disability, and the pet has to be able to get along with people without being a danger or nuisance. For airline travel, most people bring their animal in a pet travel crate.
"People get such tremendous benefit from their emotional support animals! Emotional support animals reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and even can return a person to a higher level of functioning. A person who has a major mental illness may be able to live a fairly normal life," explains Halyard.
"Even people with extreme anxiety around flying--who would normally need a strong tranquilizer--are able to fly fine with their emotional support animal," argues Halyard.
"If you already have psychiatric condition that substantially limits at least one of your major life activities, you may qualify to designate your pet as an emotional support animal," adds Halyard.
Michael Halyard, MS, MFT is a San Francisco therapist and specializes in LGBT issues, depression, anxiety, addictions and couples counseling in his San Francisco private practice. He can be found on the websites http://www.sftherapy.com/ and http://www.sanfrancisco-psychotherapy.com.
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Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. Presents Autism Advocacy in Action Award at the Second Annual Long Island Behavior Analysis Conference
Long Island, New York (PRWEB) December 03, 2013
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. recently awarded the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis (NYSABA) award for legislative leadership, will present the 2013 Autism Advocacy in Action Award to Judith Ursitti, Autism Speaks Regional Director of State Advocacy Relations on Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Second Annual Long Island Behavior Analysis Conference (LIBAC) hosted by The ELIJA Foundation, at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale, NY on December 6 & 7, 2013.
A Take Action for Autism Treatment Rally open to the public will be held on Friday, December 6th from 5PM 6PM during the conference. Prepared letters urging Governor Cuomo to sign the Behavior Analyst Licensure Bill will be available to parents and professionals, who are encouraged to add their personal messages. The letters will then be delivered to the Governor. Please RSVP to deb(at)elija(dot)org.
The inaugural Autism Advocacy in Action Award recognizes Judith Ursittis tireless efforts to pass autism insurance reform legislation in New York State. Currently, parents in New York State have been unable to access quality services needed for their children, specifically Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), because New York State does not recognize licensure of Board Certified Behavior Analysts.
In order to ensure that there are competent, well trained Behavior Analysts to implement effective ABA-based treatment protocols in New York State, Senate Bill S4862, sponsored by Senator Fuschillo, and Assembly Bill A6963, sponsored by Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, were introduced and passed in both the Assembly and Senate. The bill now awaits Governor Cuomos signature. It is critical to families affected by autism that he signs the bill into law.
Once the Bill is signed by the Governor, the law governing the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in New York State will be effective on July 1, 2014.
Behavior Analysts will now have a licensed profession in New York, allowing them to provide quality services to children with autism or related disorders.
The ELIJA Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization serving parents, educators, professionals and caregivers of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on Long Island, New York. Since 2002, The ELIJA Foundation has provided the community with educational opportunities that focus on improving the quality of programs and services available to children with Autism. In 2006, The ELIJA School opened its doors to extend the mission of the Foundation and start helping children with Autism. The Foundations focus is to empower families and improve the competency level of professionals, by providing training on the most advanced treatment and educational strategies that maximize the potential of those affected by Autism. The Foundation hosts workshops that give the community access to local and nationally recognized Autism professionals who present topics that will allow those with Autism to more fully participate in their families, communities and educational settings.