The acquisition of and failure to
discard items that appear to be useless or of little
value. It is
manifested in excessive possessions in the home
interfering with the normal use of living space and
furniture, and is accompanied by significant
interference or distress. – Cristina M. Sorrentino, PhD,
The accumulation of a large number of animals, overwhelming
that person's ability to provide even minimal standards of nutrition,
sanitation and veterinary care.
Central Plains Area Agency on Aging established the Wichita/Sedgwick County
Hoarding Coalition to address issues of hoarding in our community. The Hoarding
Coalition is made up of a diverse group of professionals that includes social
workers, aging service professionals, mental health professionals and health
Other partners include representatives from the City of
Wichita and Sedgwick County offices of animal control, housing authority,
central inspection, code enforcement, legal representatives, as well as Meals on
Wheels, law 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.
The Coalition is an ongoing interagency team that seeks to build 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.” The Coalition has established eligibility criteria, detailed
procedures, decision points, and responsibilities of individual agencies.
The primary goals of the Coalition:
The Wichita/Sedgwick County Hoarding Coalition is made up of organizations,
businesses, and city, county, and state agencies. Prior to forming the taskforce, agencies had little to no collaborative
means to address the issue of hoarding.
West River Plaza (formerly Riverside Hospital), 2622 W. Central Suite 500
934 N. Water
Wichita, KS 67203
(316) 660-7525 – Administrative Office
(316) 660-7500 – 24-Hour Crisis Line
1545 Lilac Ln.
Lawrence, KS 66044
555 N. Woodlawn, Ste 3105
Wichita, KS 67208
9333 E. 21st Street N.
Wichita, KS 67206
200 South Walnut
Wichita, Kansas 67213
915 SW Harrison St., Topeka, KS 66612
149 South Ridge Road
Wichita, KS 67209
Animal Services - (316) 268-8378
Environmental Services - (316) 268-8351
Fire Department - (316) 268-4451
Housing & Community Investments - (316) 462-3700
Neighborhood Improvement Services - (316) 462-3700
Office of Central Inspection (neighborhood inspections) - (316) 268-4481
Police Department - (316) 268-4158
Animal Control - (316) 660-7070
Code Enforcement - (316) 660-1840
Environmental Resources - (316) 660-7200
Fire District 1 - (316) 660-3473
Sheriff’s Office - (316) 660-3900
Housing Department - (316) 660-7270
To make a report or
ask for help, call:
For those 60 years of age and older: (316)
59 years of age and younger*: (316) 337-6791
*Consumer must be disabled and seen as someone who is unable
to protect their best interest.
In an emergent situation: (i.e. a hoarder without heat
or air conditioning in extreme weather conditions or an elderly person who
is no longer able to care for themselves call 9-1-1.
Mission: To assure quality public services that provide for the present and future well-being of the citizens of Sedgwick County.
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