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, MSW
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 care professionals.
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:
59 years of age and younger*: 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.