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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:

Clean Up Clear Out, LLC
10% discount for family members of hoarders

Hoarding Pros
Southeast and Central Michigan
Clean-outs & Organizing

BowDecon LLC
Brighton, MI 48114

Covering all of Michigan


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


Joseph A. Himle, PhD
University of Michigan – Dept of Psychiatry
1500 E Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 US
Phone: (734) 764-5348

Laurie Krauth, MA
2002 Hogback Road Suite 15
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 US
Phone: (734) 973-3100

Alvin B. Michaels, MD
30100 Telegraph Road Suite 330
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
Phone: (248) 645-5510
Fax: (248) 645-0899

William Barnett, PhD
Elm Street Clinic – Suite 300
700 N. Old Woodward Avenue
Birmingham, MI 48009 US
Phone: (248) 642-8263 x 17
Fax: (248) 642-6832

Antonia Caretto, PhD
28423 Orchard Lake Road Suite 216
Farmington Hills, MI 48334 US
Phone: (248) 553-9053

Alan D. Carriero, MSW, LCSW
4467 Cascade Road Suite 4481
Grand Rapids, MI US
Phone: (616)940.9091

Elizabeth Meadows, Ph.D.
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI

Michael C. Zambiasi, MS, LLP
Pinerest Christian Mental Health Services
1150 E. Sherman – Suite 2800
Muskegon, MI 49444
Phone: (231) 733-8231

Gregory J. Worthington, PsyD
401 West Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: (231).932.0232

Jessica Harrell, PhD
Suite A 5665 W Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Phone: (248).767.5985

David Wartel, PhD
Doris A. Wartel, MS
Wartel Psychological Services
6346 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 107
West Bloomfield, MI
Phone: (248) 626-1330
Fax: (248) 626-9170



Image source-My Mother’s Garden Documentary

  • 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:

The Hoarding Task Force of Washtenaw County
Ann Arbor, Michigan , USA

Primary Service Area(s): Washtenaw County, Michigan
Website: http://clutterhelp@ewashtenaw.org

Mission Statement:
The hoarding Task Force of Washtenaw County is a partnership of public and pirvate agencies which seek to raise awareness of hoarding and to preserve safe and appropriate housing by delveloping best practices and early intervention strategies. We provide hoarding assessments, agency referrals. workshops and professional training.

More Info:
We are a fourteen agency collaborative. We operate as an affiliate of the University of Michigan Health Systems that meets on a monthly basis. Operating since 2005

Detroit Hoarding and Cluttering Task Force
Detroit, Michigan , USA

Mission Statement:
The Detroit Hoarding and Cluttering Task Force is a partnership of public and private agencies which seeks to self educate, raise public awareness of hoarding, and to preserve safe and appropriate housing by developing best practices and early intervention strategies.

More Info:
The Task Force is currently focusing on educational programming for senior housing providers, first responders, and professionals. Our target population is older adults in the Metro Detroit area, particularly in the core served by the Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA).

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

Professional Organizers:

Hoarding Pros
Southeast and Central Michigan
Clean-outs & Organizing

National Listings: Organizers specializing in chronic disorganization (ICD Certified)
National Listings: National Association of Professional Organizers

Excerpt from: Professional Organizers & Hoarding Clients

  • by Cristina Sorrentino Schmalisch, PhD, LICSW

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:

Ann Arbor:
1st Friday of every month, 7:00 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
1400 W. Stadium Bvd.
Contact: Elizabeth 734-997-9688




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

Additional Information/Resources:

OCD Foundation Affiliate

The OCD Foundation of Michigan
P.O. Box 510412
Livonia, MI 48151-6412
Phone (313)-438-3293
e-mail OCDmich@aol.com

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:

From 2010
Various dates-selected articles

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Disclaimer re: all services/businesses/providers
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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