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Psychiatric Service Dog Partners

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Disabilities, Disabled Persons Rights

Mission: Psychiatric Service Dog Partners’ purpose is to promote the mental health of people using service dogs for psychiatric disabilities by educating, advocating, providing expertise, facilitating peer support, and promoting responsible service dog training and handling.

Results: In line with community members’ priorities in our 2016 survey results, by 9/13/17 we: • updated our online peer guidance group to serve the individualized needs of 214 members (down from 271 last year, after an extensive “Summer Cleaning” and list migration—was 173 in 2015). We reached the technical limits of our old host and had to find a new host that could meet our active community’s demands! • expanded our website to have over 160 pages (from 130 last year), with almost 600,000 pageviews and over 300,000 visitors. Our site had an average Google search position of 1–2.0 for 1125 different search queries (from 357 last year). • hosted a convivial convention in Rock Hill, SC, with an average session rating of 4.836 out of 5 (up from 4.741 last year) and comments like: "PSDP Convention is a great way to grow as a service dog team. Yes, I was nervous going but the benefits sure outweighed the challenges of my MI. Everyone was so welcoming and understanding." • advocated with community help on many fronts. PSDP has become more involved with international advocacy, encouraging Canada to do the right thing by service dog users. This involvement includes engaging the USAUSA coalition to put the power of other organizations behind causes we care about. • partnered with other groups to provide relief to those affected by major hurricanes • started a project to encourage service-dog-related art therapy through social media (#PSDPrompt)

Target demographics: people with disabilities, the general public, businesses, and government agencies

Direct beneficiaries per year: approx. 214 peer guidance group members and even more direct public contact requests for information. Our website garners around half a million pageviews a year, which is incredibly high for our niche!

Geographic areas served: primarily the United States, but we also advise and support those in other countries (historically, Canada, the UK, Australia, and Germany)

Programs: diverse outreach activities (public and corporate education), an amazing annual service dog convention, a website at the vanguard of service dog related education, and an intensive peer guidance system that dramatically promotes disability mitigation, life engagement, and responsible service dog handling.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My service dog, Jackie Chan, and I were so fortunate to find psdp to help with advanced training cetificates and general advice from caring people who experience many of the same difficult situations in public with our service dogs. It is a wonderful, supportive group.

1 Cindy Olmstead R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an awesome group. I have learned many things from this group. It is a great source of support. The members are always there to help you in any way possible.

1 Windy W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place has helped others & myself not only learn how to train our service dog, but also to advocate for yourself when needed. PSDP has been a great support to me.

Julie W.5

Client Served

Rating: 4

A great service to the community, especially those of us who are still learning.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A much needed specialized source of support, that has been needed for a long time.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It doesn't matter if you have been training dogs for years or are trying to figure out where to begin, this group will support you the entire way. Not only are they supportive with advice on everything service dog related, including advocacy, they are also supportive of any and all health issues. You don't have to be worried about being judged for your mental health, everyone in the group has mental heath struggles, which also means someone will be able to relate to your struggles. The moderators make sure it stays a supportive environment, something difficult to find in the service dog community at times.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been looking for years into getting a PSD,while researching PSDP answered any questions i had and pointed me twords their great library of info. They supported me thru a great let down of a breeder who changed their mind based on my meds. And the joy of another breeder who said yes. Thru the im not ready panic when i got the word that my pup was born to his name change cause the one i wanted was taken. They guided me as the time for him to come home drew nearer to training questions I have. they offer advice for the serious and laugh with me at the funny things new puppies do. They were there when Jasper was just a thought brought up by my doctor and they are still here to support as I muddle thru training Jasper. I don't know if I would have Jasper or where I'd be without PDSP...Thank You guys.

Previous Stories
3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group is awesome not only do they have really great info on their website but they have an awesome list serve community. They talk to you personally and are really helping me on my journey to getting my PSD. Also when you can talk to each other it's sometimes comforting to know others are going thru the same and similar things and we can lift each other up.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great resource for anyone needing help understanding the service dog laws. This group is on the front line of changing things for the betterment of the Disabled service dog handlers life.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PSDP combines an incredible plethora of resources from training to legalities to advocacy like no other group. Because of PSDP, I have brought service dogs into my recovery and made giant strides where none would have been made. My current SD, Tao, makes it possible for me to survive cardiac events and manage multiple psychiatric disorders, as have my past SD's and SDiT's, while helping me to train our newest SD prospect, Deja!
Team Blue values every facet of this amazing tireless organization and encourages everyone to use PSDP as a resource for ANYTHING regarding service dogs!!

3 Maddy D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi there! I am a small psychiatric service dog handler at the moment. I found out about this organizations email list for training and help and it's been a great blessing to my life. The people of this organization are supportive, kind, and very open minded. They have helped me when I have ran into road bumps with my service dog's ongoing training (as a dog's training never stops, even as a full service dog!). They are amazing and I'm very thankful to have the opportunity to have access to their resources. Thanks psychdogpartners!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PSDP has a wealth of information on Service Dogs and their training from A- Z; and it's all up to the minute too! Their primary focus is all about psych SDs and how they fit into the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act). I am still at the research stage , but am now moving forward towards my first SD pup. I'm very excited, and a little scared of the awesome responsibility, which brings me to the other major offering of PSDPs ListServ: emotional support and a sharing, caring community! Kudos to Veronica and all the staff for starting the Group and keeping its mission formost and intact. Richard and soon to be, Hereford.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This family is amazing! Most everyone has or is training their own service dog. Any issue you encounter, someone has been through something similar. They are very supportive and about as non judgmental as you can be. I highly recommend if you are thinking of training your own service dog for mental heath reasons.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing resource & advocates for individuals & families seeking knowledge and support using service dogs to live fuller lives - this group is available 24/7 & 365 days a year - life saving tireless advocates !! Changed my life & enables me to give back to my community!

3 bunnyclayton

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you are trying to navigate the confusing world of service dogs, the ADA , training your dog, and disabilities you need Psychiatric Service Dog Partners as your guide ! PSDP has been an amazing source of support for both myself and my child. In my search for help in understanding my child's rights and my own, PSDP was the only organization that gave me straightforward answers ! PSDP has been there for us. PSDP works to shape policies that help to better our lives. They understand that knowledge is power and the website is packed with free printables and information guides . For someone on a fixed income that is important ! PSDP community is the most friendly & supportive. Giving no nonsense advice ! Plus they even have a convention! Thank you PSDP !

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to my 1st convention this year. The people were so wonderful, I knew I was "HOME".
PSDP does so much for the disability community members that depend on service dogs to live their lives. One weekend with them has given the strength to continue fighting for my rights.
I can not think of a better cause. I can't thank them enough for what they do.
Tami & Chili

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I stumbled on PSDP when I was looking for information and their site has heaps of usable well worded information. I also joined their free Listserv which has been a great help in all manners of training, connecting with others, and general fun. Without PSDP I would be alienated and less of myself.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PSDP exceeds expectations. From it's owners, board members, volunteers, down to it's members, it's a selfless, open-hearted group of people who've become a steady support system for each other and each others canine teams. Everyone possesses such a wealth of knowledge it's hard not to get the answers you need or at the very least pointed in the right direction. The very best part is, they present you with the legal facts to help us be knowledgeable and support our rights 100 % and have come a long way legally in fighting and maintaining clarity for our rights. It's been a great experience to be a part of this and I'm really grateful to have met everyone in the group, they keep me going and have become much more than just a group.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

PSDP has helped me significantly in getting and training my service day. They have an amazing convention and if it wasn't for them I would not have been able to have my independence.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

2017 convention was the best yet. PSDP is my lifeline to the outside world. There is a lot of support and people understand where I'm coming from and I feel safe. There is a listserv where I get to ask questions, share my service dog stories/concerns. The yearly convention recharges my batteries for the next coming year. This year we had a lot of new folks and now I have new friends!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

PSDP helped my find my way back to being on track to get healthy. Not only is the community supportive of MI and PSDs but they are genuinely supportive of me even when it's not directly related. I have made so many friends that have helped me overcome both training and life challenges. The knowledge PSDP and its members have is invaluable, I would be so lost without it.