(Recorded Webinar) Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals
In recent years, increasing numbers of patients have presented at health centers with their symptoms and their animal companions. In determining how to respond, health centers must determine whether the animal is a service animal or an emotional support animal. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires health centers (and other entities that provide goods or service to the public) to permit service animals into their facilities (unless such access would fundamentally alter the nature of the services provided); however, emotional support animals are not protected under the ADA. This webinar will:
- Review the differences between service animals and emotional support animals
- Discuss how staff should respond to disruptive animals
- Recommend policies, procedures and trainings to support health center staff who respond to patients with animal companions
- Compliance Officers
- Risk Managers
- Health Center Management
After this webinar, you will be able to:
- Determine whether a patient’s animal companion is a service animal or an emotional support animal and the applicable requirements on providing access to the health center
- Respond appropriately when service animals are disruptive
- Develop training to support front desk and other staff members in responding to patients who bring animals to the health center
A Partner in the firm’s health law practice group, Molly advises health centers on the management of clinical, employment and workforce-related risks, with a particular focus on professional liability, Federal Tort Claims Act, and HIPAA matters. From her experience as both a private attorney and in-house counsel, Molly knows the importance of managing liability and risk issues in mission-driven organizations. [Full Bio]
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