Warwick addiction treatment center unveils new name

12:17 PM Mon, Sep 21, 2009
John Hill

PROVIDENCE -- The addiction recovery center known as Kent House celebrated its 30th anniversary this morning by announcing a new name officials said better fits the groups statewide mission: Bridgemark Addiction Recovery Services.

The Warwick-based non-profit social service agency provides residential treatment at six locations and counseling and outpatient programs for people struggling with drug and alcohol addictions, as well as their families.

Speaking in the State Room of the state Capitol, Christine T. Harkins, chief executive officer of Bridgemark (formerly Kent House), said the renaming project had been going on for about a year. She said the $1 million a year agency decided that its 30th anniversary was a time it could make a statement about the reach of its efforts, and that Kent House implied it was limited to Kent County, which she said it is not.

She said Kent was also a name frequently use by other medical service businesses in the state, and it had sometimes created confusion.

The group also used the unveiling to cite supporters and employees for their work. U. S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed and former legislators Russell Bramley and Neil A. Corkery were cited; as were the James and Victoria Quinn family and longtime agency volunteer Charles Cicero.