Arizona Considers Forced Mental Health Treatment For Clutter
By Elisha Dorfsmith
As if we really need more proof that the massive and ever growing nanny state is out of control, today’s edition of the Arizona Daily Sun contains an article about people with clutter in their home and the need to force these junk collectors to get mental health treatment.
Linda Buscemi, chairwoman of the Arizona Hording Task Force (yes, they actually have a task force for this), doesn’t even try to sugarcoat her goals. The article puts it this way:
“Buscemi wants the state Legislature to pass laws forcing hoarders to get mental health treatment, much like authorities force convicted drunk drivers to get alcohol-abuse counseling.”
The article never goes into detail on how the task force plans to find the “pack rats” who crossed the sanity line and slipped into serious mental illness. I suppose if there is a knock on the door you should just let the junk police come inside your home without a warrant so they can go through your stuff and make sure you don’t have one too many somethings.
Which leads to the question, how do you know if you’re a hoarder? How much is too much?
The task force defines hoarding as:
“The acquisition of, and failure to discard, a large number of possessions that appear to be useless or of limited value.”
Like it’s close cousin the property maintenance ordinance (currently being passed by cities across the country), the definition of hoarding is vague and open to interpretation and it just may or may not apply to you. You’ll never know until the junk gestapo knock on the door and check things out.
Do you own more stuff than you need? Are there things in your house that are not put away? Do you have a few too many somethings?
Time for an intervention from our beloved nanny overlords. Safety and forced mental health treatment for all.