Community Rehab Project provides consultant services for Service Dogs of New Mexico (SDNM) as they are pairing service dogs with people with disabilities, including our veterans. Our Physical and Occupational Therapists help their trainers to understand the special needs of the people they are working with. SDNM support’s those with disabilities having a positive impact on their Community, City and State. SDNM’s integrity is the foundation as they partner with shelters, rescues, volunteers and trainers. They continue to make a difference in the health and well-being of our communities by educating businesses on issues regarding service animals and the law by conducting comprehensive seminars and classes. Learn more about SDNM Programs below.
Service Dogs for Veterans
SDNM provides training for service dog teams based on each Veteran’s unique requirements. They assist Veterans in training their own dogs (who qualify as such) since they often already have a close bond that gives a strong foundation in creating a successful team. They also place dogs from rescues and shelters that match the specialized needs of the Veteran. The Service Dog must help to assist in preventing and aiding in symptoms of many disabilities such as PTSD, balance problems, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and working with tools such as canes and wheelchairs. By teaching the dog to alert, detect and support the disability, the Veteran can become more independent. We want our Veterans to have greater independence, self-reliance and mobility through Service Dog training. Our clients are involved in every step of training including in-home sessions.
Service Dogs for Youth – (Under 18 with legal guardian)
SDNM specializes in a personalized approach to help young handlers become more self-reliant and overcome the challenges faced in the home and in public — to perform the necessary tasks for self-sufficiency. These Service Dogs increase freedom and independence and help assist in preventing symptoms of many disabilities such as autism, diabetes, epilepsy, PTSD, balance problems and working with tools such as canes and wheelchairs. Clients under 18 must have a legal guardian and provide medical documentation so that training supports the disability, special needs and lifestyle of that individual.
Emotional Support Animals (ESA)
SDNM is happy to train those with disabilities in the skills needed with ESAs. Clients would begin the training program with all the same requirements, but are not required to pass Pubic Access TEST.
An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is a companion animal that a medical professional has determined provides benefit for an individual with a disability. This may include improving at least one symptom of the disability. Emotional Support Animals may be used by people with a range of physical, psychiatric, or intellectual disabilities. To be prescribed an Emotional Support Animal, the person seeking such an animal must have a verifiable disability. To be afforded protection under United States federal law, a person must meet the federal definition of a disability and must have a note from a physician or other medical professional stating that the person has that disability, and that the Emotional Support Animal provides a benefit for the individual with the disability.