Special Initiatives of the ADRCNM
Traverse Bay Area Task Force on Hoarding
An estimated 3 percent to 5 percent of Americans suffer from Hoarding. But the impact of hoarding extends beyond the individual and relatives in the home, as the behavior can also put immediate neighbors at risk by creating perfect conditions for explosive house fires, and infestations of insects, rodents, and disease. In addition, hoarding homes create enormous risk and obstacle for first responders and firefighters during any type of emergency.
Understanding the degree of clutter
There are different degrees of clutter and hoarding. Putting clutter on a 1-9 scales helps us have a common language to talk about the amount of clutter and related safety risks in a home or building. Use the links and questionnaire below to do a self-assessment.
Resources to assist
Across the country, there is a new trend in the approach to assisting individuals and families living in hoarding conditions. Through task forces such as the Traverse City Area Hoarding Task Force, agencies can collaborate, gain knowledge and insight into the problem of hoarding behavior, share case information, and develop strategies. Coordinated and collaborative interventions are more likely to bring about positive outcomes than individual agencies that are working alone.
The Traverse Bay Area Task Force on Hoarding is a volunteer, advisory group that meets monthly to review existing hoarding situations that affect the health and safety of individuals in the Grand Traverse County and surrounding areas. Over 30 agencies and 50 individuals have come together to focus on reducing deaths and injuries related to Hoarding in our area.
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, developing plans, and locating resources that may help bring about a positive outcome for all involved. The Task Force generally works with hoarding cases that are a 6 or above on the clutter scale.
To reach the Traverse Bay Area Task Force on Hoarding, please call 1-866-642-4582 or email TraverseBayHoarding@gmail.com.
The following clean-up companies are part of the Traverse Bay Area Task Force on Hoarding and offer services for hoarding situation. The Task Force does not endorse or recommend specific companies or organizations.
Funding available to assist Medicare beneficiaries
The ADRCNM has received funding through the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) to assist Medicare beneficiaries with expenses. Individuals may qualify to have
- Medicare Part B premium paid
- Receive help paying for prescriptions
- Have lower medical copays
Click here for more information to see if you or someone you know qualifies. Contact the Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) toll-free at 800-803-7174 to speak with a counselor.