Health Professionals Companion Animals
Concerning the requirement that certain medical professionals make a finding regarding the disability of a patient who requests the use of an animal as a reasonable accommodation in housing when that animal does not meet the definition of a service animal.
2016 Regular Session
Business & Economic Development
The bill requires the following medical professionals, when approached by a patient seeking a companion or emotional support animal, to make a finding regarding whether the patient has a disability or a finding that there is insufficient evidence to make a disabili ty determination:
- Physicians, physician assistants, and anesthesiologist assistants ( section 1 of the bill);
- Nurses ( section 2 ); and
- Psychologists, social workers, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, and addiction counselors ( section 3 ).
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)