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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.


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Registration is now open for the 17th Annual International Conference on Hoarding and Cluttering.

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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17th Annual International Conference on Hoarding and Cluttering

November 05 to November 06, 2015 | Pre-Conference Training November 04, 2014
@ Hilton San Francisco Financial District

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The Annual Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering Conference has transitioned is a two-day international education and learning forum that brings together individuals, service providers, housing providers, and researchers in a single location to address hoarding and cluttering disorders.

Support Group

MHASF holds a weekly drop-in 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.

If you would like to learn more about this treatment, please contact Gillian Howell at (415) 421-2926 x310 or by email

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.

ICHC Conference Presentations

View available PowerPoint presentations from the 16th Annual ICHC Conference on Hoarding and Cluttering. 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!

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 ICHC Program Manager John Franklin at 415-421-2926 ext. 314.

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