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Upcoming KS Event Related to Hoarding Disorder:
Health & Safety Issues of Hoarding
June 8th 8:00am-4:00pm
Wichita Marriott—9100 Corporate Hills Drive

Focusing on issues faced by first responders •Cory Chalmers—featured expert on A&E’s hit series “Hoarders”
For more information contact STACY NILLES at 316-660-5230, 800-367-7298,
snilles@cpaaa.org or visit our website at www.cpaaa.org

Sponsored by: Central Plains Area Agency on Aging
Kansas Department on Aging PEANE Grant

Animal Hoarding:

We aren’t aware of any specialized resources in this area for animal hoarding right now, but below are good sources of information that may help lead you to find resources in your area:

Assessment & Measurement Tools:

Authority in the U.S. for Information about Hoarding Disorder:

Cleaning Companies-Hoarded Environments:

Apex BioClean, LLC
Covering all of Kansas

•Want to break into the cleaning business of helping people who hoard and/or their families?
•Hoarder Home Specialist Course

Crisis cleaning/hoarding related


Dr. Kathie Nichols, PhD
5200 West 15th Street – Suite 302
Lawrence, KS 66049 US
Phone: (785) 865-1534
Fax: (785) 865-1331

Harriet H. Barrish, PhD
4601 College Boulevard Suite 270
Leawood, KS 66211 US
Phone: (913).491.4343

Joi McNeley-Phelps, PhD
8629 Bluejacket-Suite100
Lenexa, KS 66214 US
Phone: (913).677.3553

Lisa R. Hale, PhD
Director-Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment, PA
10540 Marty – Suite 200
Overland Park, KS 66212 US
Phone: (913) 649-8820

Image source-My Mother’s Garden Documentary

-University of Kansas School of Social Welfare Office of Aging and Long Term Care Report, 2007

  • National Center on Elder Abuse: State Directory of Helplines, Hotlines, and Elder Abuse Prevention Resources-State reporting numbers, government agencies, state laws, state-specific data and statistics, and other resources.
  • The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) was founded in 1987 as a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to people as they age and people with special needs.
  • National Association Senior Move Managers -Facilitates “the physical and emotional aspects of relocation for older adults, with a national referral network, for delivery of services with compassion and integrity.”

Elder & hoarding related info & news stories

Fire Departments Specially Trained for Hoarded Structures/Related:
Currently we don’t know of any specialized training in this area. Here’s what they are doing in Arizona though-hooray AZ!

Maricopa County firefighters practice battling fires in hoarder homes.
Watch the video.

Fire & safety hoarding related news stories

Hoarding Task Forces & Related Services:

Please also check the two sites* above who may have more current listings than we do at the present time.

Wichita and Sedgwick County Hoarding Coalition
Website: http://www.sedgwickcounty.org/hoarding

To report persons who hoard that are 60 years or older call the Department of Aging Intake at (316) 660-5222.
To report persons who hoard that are 18 to 59 years of age call Adult Protective Services (316) 337-6791.

Mission Statement:
To create and maintain a collaborative effort of diverse community agencies seeking to provide intervention, education, and follow-up support for hoarding behavior affecting the health and safety of the individual, the family and the community.

More Info:
Central Plains Area Agency on Aging established the Wichita/Sedgwick County Hoarding Coalition to address issues of hoarding in our community. The Hoarding Coaliton is made up of a diverse group of professionals that includes social workers, aging service professionals, mental health professionals and health care professionals.

Other Partners include representatives from the City of Whichita and Sedgwick County offices of animal control, housing authority, central inspection, code enforcement and professional organizers. The members of the Coalition are working together to combat the growing issue of hoarding and the effects on older adults, families and the community.

Professional Organizers:

Professional organizers can provide important help for clients who are getting mental health treatment for hoarding. Very few mental health providers make home visits and even those who do can usually only provide limited visits (for example, once per month). Working with a professional organizer can give clients critical hands-on help with their hoarded items. Ideally, the professional organizer would contact the therapist and work with them to help the client’s hoarding symptoms.

Some professional organizers have specialized training in working with hoarding or related problems, such as chronic disorganization (CD). This specialized Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) provides information about CD and trains professionals to work effectively with this problem. However, CD is not the same as hoarding because a person may be chronically disorganized without having hoarding (for example, because of current depression or attention deficit disorder). In contrast, most people who hoard do have CD. The ICD provides contact information for professional organizers with different levels of expertise in working with CD (www.challengingdisorganization.org). The National Association of Professional Organizers provides contact information for the broader group of professional organizers and also provides training opportunities.

The ICD offers a variety of resources to help both people who are challenged by chronic disorganization and the professionals who work with them:

  • The Code of Ethics provides guidelines for professionals and also helps potential clients know what to expect of an ethical organizer
  • The Useful Links section provides links to outside organizations that offer information and assistance to chronically disorganized people
  • The ICD Clutter-Hoarding Scale is a free assessment tool to help professional organizers and related professionals evaluate the health and safety aspect of clutter/hoarding situations
  • The FAQs section provides answers to questions the public might have about chronic disorganization and the ICD
  • The ICD is involved in collaborative research projects relating to chronic disorganization. The Research Projects section describes that work.
  • Additional reading from the ICD

•Want to break into the organizing business & help hoarding clients?
•The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers (BCPO®) (certifying body whose charter is to increase the professionalism of the organizing industry)

Professional organizers

Support Groups, In-person-Family Members of Hoarders:
We aren’t aware of any at this time in this area

Support Groups, In-person-Hoarders:
We aren’t aware of any at this time in this area

Manual for Facilitating a Support Group, IOCDF, if you’d like to start one in your area!

Treatment Centers/Clinics for Hoarders:
We aren’t aware of any at this time in this area

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News Articles/Media:

General hoarding related news articles in our archives/all areas, if you’d like to see how the reporting has changed (and readers comments) with all the recent awareness about Hoarding Disorder:

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The services, businesses, treatment providers and all others (as well as external links) listed do not mean a recommendation or endorsement by Children of Hoarders Inc. These listings are for sharing general knowledge on what is available only. All businesses and services should be carefully researched by consumers before entering in to any contract or any schedule of services what-so-ever. Children of Hoarders Inc. has no affiliation with any of the businesses or services listed, nor does it receive any commissions for services contracted by our site visitors. Children of Hoarders Inc. is not responsible for the business practices, services or fees, of anyone listed in these forums, or the content of any external links.

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