Training Overview

  • Audience: Public and community health professionals, task force members, and anyone interested in learning more about hoarding disorder and people who hoard
  • Format: Online, self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 2 hours
  • Contact hours: Massachusetts CHO, RN, RS
  • Learning level: Awareness
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Companion trainings:
  • Supplemental materials:

It is estimated that there are between six and 15 million people who hoard in the United States. This is approximately 2.5 – 5% of the adult population in this country. People who hoard may come to the attention of Local Boards of Health (LBOH). Investigating and resolving situations that involve hoarding can be complicated. This training will provide an overview of hoarding disorder, outline processes and procedures for the LBOH to follow, and list resources that will aid in resolving this complex public health issue.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Define hoarding as described by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition
  • Distinguish between hoarding and collecting
  • Describe three classifications of people who hoard and two types of hoarding
  • List five public health concerns related to hoarding
  • Identify the primary public health role and four steps for a LBOH response to a hoarding case
  • State five functions of a hoarding task force

Subject Matter Experts

  • Gail Steketee, PhD
    Dean and Professor
    Boston University School of Social Work

  • Wayne LaMorte, MD, PhD, MPH
    Professor of Epidemiology
    Boston University School of Public Health


This training was supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) with funds made available by the Grant Number, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP20150 “Public Health Training Center”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


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