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Hoarding has been defined as a mental illness that may cause significant distress or impairment as a result of the acquisition and or the failure to discard an extreme number of possessions that appear to be useless or of limited value to other people.
Living or work spaces can become so cluttered that they can’t be utilized as intended. This can result in hazardous conditions for the person who hoards, their family members, their neighbors, or for anyone visiting the dwelling or workplace.
Hoarding situations are often first discovered when:
Reality television shows dealing with this issue have recently grown in popularity which may indicate an overall increase in the general population’s awareness of this serious problem.
Recognizing the growing significance through awareness and an increase in hoarding nuisance complaints, CCBH partnered with the Cuyahoga County Hoarding Connection (CCHC).
This group’s mission is to provide support and advice, develop best practices, and assist in identifying needed resources for individuals who hoard and those who may be assisting them.
For more information about the Hoarding Connection of Cuyahoga County, contact:
Director of Mental Health Services
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health, along with the Hoarding Connection, is engaged in a first-of-its-kind effort to determine the incidence and prevalence of severe hoarding within a large geographic area (i.e., Cuyahoga County).
A data collection form has been developed as part of that effort.
Mental health professionals, care providers, public safety personnel and others are being trained throughout the county to take part in the data collection effort. Training sessions are being held to assist people about the proper use of this data collection form.
For information about upcoming training, please visit the Hoarding Connection website.