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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: Highlights from the period between the results of our community 2015 Priorities Survey (9/1/15) and the start of our 2015 Priorities Survey (9/4/16) are as follows. We have: • become even more of an award-winning nonprofit—as early adopters, we’re among the first to have earned GuideStar Platinum status, and for the second year in a row, we’re Top-Rated on GreatNonprofits! • updated our online peer guidance group to serve the individualized needs of 271 members (current as of the start of the 2016 survey, up from 173 as of last year’s). • expanded our website to have over 130 pages (from under 100 last year); our website expansion has been met with increased use. In August of 2015, we had 12,869 pageviews and 5,956 users. In August of 2016, we had 45,953 pageviews, 25,493 users, and an average Google search position of 1–2 for 357 different search queries. The internet recognizes PSDP! • hosted a fabulous convention in Solvang, CA, with an average session rating of 4.741/5 (up from 4.64 last year) and comments like: "This is a wonderful event, full of good people and good dogs. Perfection is not required, and I found a lot of support in training the things we needed to work on. Thank you for the best part of my year!" • advocated and educated with community help on many fronts. Most notable are both that PSDP’s Director of Government Relations is serving as the service animal user co-chair on a federally chartered committee to update the service animal flight access laws, and PSDP submitted a U.S. Supreme Court brief to try to protect disability rights through future case law.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: approx. 271 peer guidance group members and about the same number of 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

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

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.

2

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.

2

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!

2 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 !

2

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

3

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.

3

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.

3

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.

3

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!

3

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.