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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

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I felt so hopeless in this journey until I got the return phone call from Veronica and she told me what PSDP has to offer. Thank you for changing my life!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being on the PSDP listserv has been really transformative for me. I have learned so much and I really feel like I’m not alone with my day to day experiences. Those experiences that come with having a service dog for your mental illness can be isolating in so many ways. PSDP has really helped me through some things and has taught me so much about service dogs.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I gain so much valuable information from PDSP. I just recently began basic obedience training with my puppy. I hope to soon have her do work and tasks to help me cope with anxiety about being in large groups of people and she also cheers me up when my mood dips to a dangerous place mentally.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Caring, knowledgeable, and sympathetic to psychiatric needs. A true community of people who are working to better themselves, other people coping with psychiatric symptoms, and to promote wellness with real kindness and understanding.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would not have been able to get through this year without the help of this organization. I owe Veronica my life for her amazing work and her caring personality.

2 Karen A.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Genuinely caring group of people whose collective knowledge is invaluable in the service dog world. Volunteers give freely of their time to help newcomers. PSDP maintains a fantastically helpful website, full of information.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PSDP has been an amazing ressource for me. Not only to educate myself and my family/friends about psychiatric service dogs, but also to help me realize that a psychiatric SD is the right choice for me. PSDP has also helped me explain to my psychiatrist how and why this would help me in my treatment plan. All in all, it's a wonderful organization, with a goal to help, support, and educate people with mental illness and their loved ones, as well as anyone curious about psychiatric service dogs.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found this group online and have found them to be both a supportive community and host to a wealth of information. Before finding PSDP I had no idea A psychiatric service dog existed. Now I’m better educated on my rights and have a community of peers to assist me. Thanks PSDP

2 Olivia S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Olivia and I have only amazing things to say about PSDP. They have provided so many resources and have the most caring community. PSDP helped me with recommendations for my service dog breeder and helped me obtain accurate information about service dog law.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As someone who has been working toward getting a PSD for quite awhile now, I can truly say that without PSDP, I would not be nearly as confident in choosing breeds and breeders, deciding what I need in a trainer, and knowing the applicable laws where I live.

The learning and companionship I have gotten from the listserv are unforgettable. The volunteer board goes all out to advocate for PSDs in whatever capacity they are able.

I love PSDP.

2 Erica C.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of PDSP's listserv for about a year. The members have all been so nice about answering my questions and giving advice. I would not have been able to take my Service Dog in Training from the beginning stages to SDiT(Service Dog in Training) without the kind people that answer my questions through their listserv.

Psychiatric Service Dog Partners is a great resource for the community as well as people with Service Animals. I don't know where I would be without them.

2

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.

2 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.

2 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.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

3

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.

2

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.

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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.

4

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!!