Kate presented a poster on the procedure and priorities of Vancouver’s Hoarding Action Response Team at the 77th Annual CPA Convention in Victoria, BC on June 9th, 2016. For more on the conference, click here.
Here is the abstract for Kate’s poster:
Hoarding affects between 2% to 5% of the general population and constitutes a serious health hazard in our communities. Our research team has been conducting research into community-based interventions for problems associated with hoarding. We have worked especially closely with Vancouver’s Hoarding Action Response Team (HART), which includes fire inspectors and mental health workers in a coordinated case management approach. Health care priorities involve improving the individual’s physical and mental health and the fire inspectors’ mandate includes ensuring safe living environments and preventing fires caused by excessive combustibles. The collaboration of these disciplines aims to address health and safety concerns for both the client and the community. This poster outlines the team’s procedures and interventions based on data we have collected from their records. We present demographic information on the team’s hoarding cases as well as information about the conditions of the home and fire inspections interventions and health referrals needed for each case. Preliminary data will also be presented on the outcomes of the team’s interventions. We conclude with practical recommendations for other community-based hoarding task forces.