Institute on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering (ICHC)

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The Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF) established the Institute on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering (ICHC) in 2007. ICHC is a nationally recognized leader in policy development, innovative training implementation, peer response services, supports, and information dissemination related to hoarding and cluttering conditions.

ICHC convenes stakeholders across the spectrum at the regional, national, and international level to foster best practices, promote stigma elimination, individual empowerment, and innovative practices with an emphasis on including individuals with acquiring and cluttering challenges at all levels of decision making.

16th Annual International Conference on Hoarding and Cluttering
“Bridging Communities: Education, Support, and Services”
November 06 to November 07, 2014 | Pre-Conference Training November 05, 2014
@ Hilton San Francisco Financial District


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The workshops topics and descriptions for the 16th Annual International Conference is now available. The workshops include an innovative and diverse mixture of topics and perspectives from all over the world including Canada, England, New Zealand, Australia, as well as from all over the United States. It has something for everyone!
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Researchers at at UCSF and MHASF are conducting a study to learn more about treatments for people with problematic hoarding behavior.
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Registration for the 16th Annual International Conference on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering is OPEN! View more information or register at the Conference homepage.
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Support Group

MHASF holds a weekly support group for individuals who have hoarding and cluttering challenges.

Treatment Group

MHASF held its first 16-week hoarding and cluttering treatment group in 2008. This was the first compulsive hoarding treatment group that has been made available to residents of San Francisco.

Training Institute

MHASF holds trainings for service providers, community organizations, family members, nurses and others who work with those who compulsive hoard.

San Francisco Task Force on Hoarding

MHASF coordinates efforts to reduce the eviction of people who compulsively hoard through the San Francisco Task Force on Compulsive Hoarding.

Annual International Conference on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering – Register Today!

The 16th Annual International Conference on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering will be held from November 06, 2014 to November 07, 2014. The Pre-Conference Training Institute will be held on November 05, 2014.

Educational Resources

MHASF also provides other educational resources on compulsive hoarding and cluttering, including brochures, books, DVDs of our annual conferences and keynote presentations, and other materials.

ICHC Conference Presentations

Available PowerPoint presentations from the 15th Annual ICHC Conference on Hoarding and Cluttering.

Information and Referrals

MHASF offers information and referrals for compulsive hoarding.


MHASF offers on-site or telephone fee-for-service consulting to other non-profits and local governments on how to set up hoarding programs and bring stakeholders together to reduce eviction and homelessness due to compulsive hoarding. For more information about MHASF consulting services call Mark Salazar at 415-421-2926 ext. 317.

Non-Affiliated Research

A Web-Based Study from Columbia University. Tell us what type of treatments and services you find acceptable for your problems with clutter.

Do you have difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, excessive collecting, or clutter in your home? If so, you are eligible to participate in an anonymous online survey (IRB #6677) to help us better understand what kinds of treatments and services are acceptable to you. The entire study will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete. After completing the survey, you can enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card.

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For further information, please call Amanda Levinson at 212-543-5081 or visit our website: Columbia Psychiatry Hoarding Research Program

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