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Newton Hoarding Task Force

Mission Statement

The mission of the Hoarding Task Force is to promote a safe, healthy living environment for the residents of Newton and prevent hoarding behaviors from creating hazards for hoarders and others. The task force addresses the compulsive behavior of hoarding by providing the necessary tools, intervention, resources, education, and community-coordinated response to deal with the disorder.

The mission will be accomplished through a collaborate effort of local services to include: police department, fire department, animal control, social services, health and human services department, protective services, housing inspector, ambulance services, and the Newton Housing Authority.

The Task Force has developed a protocol to ensure that cases are referred to the appropriate departments/agencies for assessment, intervention, services and support. The task force meets every other month and on an emergency basis to discuss cases, address concerns and develop a plan of action.

DEFINITION OF HOARDING

  • The acquisition of, and failure to discard, a large number of possessions;
  • Living spaces that are overly cluttered as to preclude their intended use;

  • Significant distress or impairment caused by the clutter.

Questions? Please contact Pam Weissman at 617-796-1420

Rebecca Camargo, LCSW
Newton Housing Authority
82 Lincoln St.
Newton Highlands, MA 02461
(617) 552-5501
Doug Desmarais
Housing Rehabilitation Manager
Newton Planning and Development
1000 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02459
(617) 796-1148

 Sarah Eknaian

Police Social Worker

Newton Police

1321 Washington St.

Newton, MA 02465

617-796-2167

 

Brie Gray

Environmental Health Specialist

Newton Health and Human Services

1000 Commonwealth Ave.

Newton, MA 02459           

Anne Grossman, LICSW

Newton Health and Human Services

1000 Commonwealth Ave.

Newton, MA 02459

617-796-1420


Emily Kuhl - LMHC
Case Manager, City of Newton
Newton Senior Center
345 Walnut St.
Newton, MA 02461
Karin Lehr, LICSW
Riverside Outpatient Center
64 Eldridge St.
Newton, MA 02459

Malcolm Lucas

Newton Planning and Development

1000 Commonwealth Ave.

Newton, MA 02459

617-796-1149

Captain Eddie Melendez
Newton Fire Department
1164 Centre St.
Newton, MA 02459
617-796-2236

Joseph Merry

Cataldo Ambulance Service

137 Washington St.

PO Box 345

Somerville, MA 02143

Officer Eric Rosenbaum

Elder Affairs Officer

Newton Police

1321 Washington St.

W. Newton, MA 02465

617-796-3660

          

Nancy Storer

Newton Health and Human Services

1000 Commonwealth Ave.

Newton, MA 02459

617-796-1420

Cypher Sun, MSW

Newton Housing Authority

82 Lincoln St.

Newton Highlands, MA

02461

Pam Weissman

Newton Health and Human Services

1000 Commonwealth Ave.

Newton, MA 02459

617-796-1420

 
Hoarding Protocol

Department / Agency Responsibilities

Fire, Police & Ambulance

  • Identify
  • File Report
  • Make appropriate referral

Housing Inspector

  • Communicate with hoarding task force
  • Contact with client
  • Schedule home visit for assessment
  • Court order (if client is resistant)
  • Identification/written notification of violations

Community Social Worker /Public Health Nurse

  • Initial contact with client
  • Home visit for assessment
  • Communicate with hoarding task force
  • Appropriate referral to other departments or agencies
  • Follow up and monitor progress

 Protective Services

  • Assessment
  • Determine eligibility for services
  • Identify resources
  • Medical/psychiatric referral

Mental Health Intervention

  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Counseling
  • In home support
  • Socialization

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