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Kent Hospital
Kent Hospital

Behavioral Health Unit

Organization Kent Hospital
Location The Kent Hospital Unit is located on the third floor of Butler Hospital's Inpatient Building on Unit 2.  Park in Parking Lot A on the Butler campus and go to the switchboard in the main entrance for further directions.
Hours Visiting hours are Monday through Friday: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.; 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday, and holidays: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Contact Information Evaluations: (401) 455-6215 or 455-6214
General information: (401) 455-6200
Care Planning Department: (401) 455-6325

Kent Hospital Unit

This program is operated by Kent Hospital - an arrangement made possible through Butler and Kent Hospitals' Care New England affiliation. The 20-bed unit modifies and controls environmental stimuli in order to fit the clinical needs of patients. Treatment includes:
  • Focus groups.
  • Occupational therapy activity groups.
  • Medication education groups.
  • Family support groups.
  • Behavioral therapy.
  • Psychopharmacology.
  • Individual therapy.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

Patient Confidentiality

The Rhode Island Mental Health Law requires that the identity and treatment of all patients be confidential during and after their treatment.

Contacting a Patient and Treatment Information

If you are a family member or friend who has not been to the hospital, and want to check on a patient's condition, you should contact a family member who has that information, or contact the patient's care planner by calling the Care Planning and Integration Department at (401) 455-6325. Family members should contact Care Planning to discuss their concerns and their involvement in treatment and discharge planning.

Personal Belongings

  • Valuable items should be sent home with a family member.
  • Personal belongings brought to the hospital by a patient will be inspected by a staff member at the nurses' station.

Items patients should not bring with them:

  • Medications not prescribed by a physician.
  • Alcoholic beverages and street drugs.
  • Anything in glass jars (make-up, etc.).
  • Credit cards and checkbooks.
  • Cigarette lighters or matches.
  • Sharp or breakable objects.
  • Plastic bags.
  • Large sums of money and other valuables, such as jewelry.
  • Flammable liquids, including nail polish and lighter fluid.

Items patients should bring with them:

  • Basic toiletry items (kept at the nurses' station).
  • Casual clothes, a set of pajamas, and a bathrobe.
  • Small amount of money for use in the vending machines or for special unit activities.

Behavior in the Unit and at Butler Hospital

Physically aggressive behavior, verbal abuse, sexually inappropriate or any other unacceptable behavior may be grounds for asking someone to leave the Kent Unit/ Butler Hospital.

Visits by Clergy

Butler Hospital's chaplain is available to meet with a patient and/or family members and can be reached at (401) 455-6483. Clergy from outside of the hospital may visit their parishioners at times other than regular posted visiting hours.


Participation in research studies is always on a voluntary basis. People who are asked to be in a study will be provided with all pertinent information that will enable them to voluntarily make their decision on whether or not to participate. Visit our research section, to view the clinical trials and basic science projects happening at Kent.

Unit management team

  • Unit Chief: Alvaro Olivares, MD.
  • Assistant Unit Chief: Tracey Guthrie, MD.
  • Nurse manager: Debora Heidtman, RN.
  • Care Planners:
    • Kay Cottle-Crider, LICSW.
    • Diane Ferreira, RN.
    • Michael Klein, LICSW.
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