Orange County Task Force on Hoarding

“A Collaborative Effort to Effectively Impact Hoarding”

The Task Force on Hoarding Resource Guide is now available.  HTF Resource GuideThe Orange County Task Force on Hoarding is a volunteer,advisory group that meets monthly to review existing residential hoarding situations that effect the health and safety of individuals in Orange County. 

As such, the Task Force itself does not provide direct services but is comprised of representatives  of agencies and programs that often are able to help.  Organizations that encounter hoarding situations are encouraged to bring challenging cases to the monthly task force meeting for review (confidentiality rules apply) with the goal of identifying strategies, developing plans and locating resources that may help bring about a positive outcome for all involved

Individuals who encounter hoarding situations are encouraged to call, Adult Protective Services or Orange County Mental Health Older Adult Services for consultation and possible referral for assessment and services.  (phone numbers below)

Hoarding
  • The acquisition of and/or failure to discard a large number of possessions that appear to be useless or of limited value
  • Living spaces that can’t be used for the intended purpose due to clutter
  • Significant distress or impairment in functioning caused by the hoarding

Possible Signs of Hoarding Behavior

  • Blocked entries and exits due to the accumulation of large number of belongings (doors/windows)
  • Narrow or limited pathways in the home due to accumulation of materials
  • Large piles of combustible materials such as newspapers, magazines, used food containers and rubbish
  • Excessive collection and storage of items in the residence, yard, vehicle that interferes with the intended use of that space
  • Foul odors emanating from the home
  • Excessive amount of companion animals
  • Vermin and/or insect infestations
  • Spoiled and/or rotting food
  • Accumulated human and/or animal waste
  • Non-working or inaccessible utilities, such as heat, running water, sewer, refrigeration

Participants in Orange County Task Force on Hoarding

  • Protective Service Workers
  • Animal Control Officials
  • Senior Service Providers
  • Code Enforcement Officials
  • Vector Control
  • Health and Mental Health Professionals
  • Fire Department Representatives
  • Housing Representatives
  • Professional Organizers & Cleaning Companies
  • Consumers
  • Family Members

Task Force Goals

  • Identify and understand the issues, difficulties and causes of human hoarding behavior
  • Develop and maximize resources
  • Develop innovative and humane interventions
  • Educate the public and service providers

Task Force Core Values

  • Respect the Individual
  • People who hoard are experiencing multiple issues which require the assistance of others to manage and recover
  • Reasons for the behavior can be difficult to identify, may be varied, and multidimensional
  • Each individual who hoards requires a compassionate, individualized assessment and services
  • People who hoard deserve courtesy and respect
  • Multifaceted Challenge
  • Hoarding requires an individual and community response
  • Service providers should be aware of the variety of community responders and work as a team in addressing issues of hoarding
  • Service providers should be knowledgeable of the unusual characteristics of people who hoard and methods to effect positive change
  • Involuntary interventions should only occur as result of severe health and safety and issues
  • Health clinicians should always be with client during or immediately following involuntary interventions

Task Force Meets Monthly

3rd Thursday of each month (dark in December)

9am-10:30am, @ Council on Aging— Orange County

1971 E. 4th St., Santa Ana, CA 92705
Resources

The Obsessive Compulsive (OC) Foundation www.ocfoundation.org

Clutterer’s Anonymous www.clutterersanonymous.net

National Association of Professional Organizers www.napo.net

National Study Group of Chronic Disorganization www.nsgcd.org

Children of Hoarders www.childrenofhoarders.com



For Help in Orange County


County of Orange Health Care Agency Older Adult Services —714 972-3700

County of Orange Social Services Agency Adult Protective Services —800 451-5155



Terms of Use l PrivacySite Map l Copyright © 2008-2014 Mental Health Association of Orange County, All Rights Reserved | Website Designer: Regency Web Services Inc.