UCSD CREST Community Program

Dear Community Partners,

We must sadly and regretfully announce that the future of the CREST Community Program is threatened as we are facing a potential lack of funding. We greatly appreciate your support and collective efforts in helping older adults with hoarding disorder over the last four years. Together we have made a significant difference in the lives of over 175 low income seniors with hoarding disorder, preventing evictions, improving quality of life, and increasing connections.

Please sign our petition for continued funding here: http://chng.it/gJ2tmByWVg

We have attached a presentation along with this article link highlighting the work that we have done.


We need help to keep this valuable program open. Feel free to distribute this to anyone who may be able to help with funding or if you have any ideas about how to keep our doors open. Our contact information is below.

The CREST Team

Contact information:

John Gault, LCSW 
(619) 543-7681

Brian Blanco, LCSW
(619) 543-6931 

Catherine Ayers, PhD, ABPP

Treatment of Hoarding Disorder

CREST is Cognitive Rehabilitation and Exposure/Sorting Therapy. The program has been free of charge for older adults, and a master’s level clinician will travel to the home for treatment. We encourage you to learn more about our program and eligibility requirements by calling 619-543-6904.

Who We Are

Our treatment team is multidisciplinary, and includes psychologists, social workers, care managers, peer support specialist and mental professionals in training. Our approach, which is customized to each client’s strengths and needs, includes individualized therapy, case management, and peer support. The goal is to help client’s improve in all areas of functioning, including relationships, work, and the ability to maintain a safe environment for themselves and others.


If you are interested in enrolling in our program, making a referral for treatment, or learning more about hoarding disorder, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Phone: (619) 543-6904
Email: crest@health.ucsd.edu
Fax: (619) 298-8024