What to Bring to Cumberland Hospital

Patients are permitted to bring personal possessions, such as posters and pictures to the hospital. Also, patients are encouraged to personalize their rooms and living areas in a tasteful, pleasing manner. However, the unit coordinator may request that certain items be returned home if they are considered hazardous or inappropriate. All electrical items must be approved by the Unit Coordinator and the Engineering/Safety Department.

Recommended Packing List

  • Underwear (a seven-day supply or 12 pairs if patient is incontinent – no underwire bras)
  • Shirts (seven casual blouses, T-shirts, tops – camisoles must have a second layer for modesty)
  • Jeans/shorts/skirts (seven bottoms – leggings must have a second layer for modesty, shorts and skirts must fall no more than two inches above the knee)
  • Shoes (two pairs, including one slip-on style with no laces – max. value of $75)
  • Shower shoes
  • Bathrobe/pajamas (two pairs)
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Toothbrush/shampoo/shower gel (limit to 16 ounces or smaller)
  • Sweater or light jacket
  • Overcoat or jacket/gloves/hat (during winter)
  • One-piece swimsuit (during summer)
  • Twin-size comforter (optional)
  • Books/magazines (maximum of 10)
  • All clothing should be labeled with a permanent marker

What NOT to Bring

The following is a list of items currently deemed as contraband by Cumberland Hospital, thus the possession or usage outside of the restrictions listed in policy are prohibited on Cumberland Hospital property. This list is not all inclusive and is subject to change due to circumstances presented at the time of possession or usage by patients, staff or visitors.

  • Weapons of any type to include yet not limited to firearms, ammunition, knives, explosives, explosive device, chain and club
  • Alcoholic products of any type
  • Illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of Prescription and over the counter drugs for staff and visitors, and possession by patient that was not prescribed or approved for treatment by a Cumberland physician
  • Tobacco products, paraphernalia, Vapor products and devices, ignition sources (matches, lighter, lighter fluid, etc.)
  • Aerosol spray cans (Hairspray, Hair paint, etc.)
  • Devices capable of audio/visual recording (Cameras, Cell Phones, Digital/Tape recorders, etc.)
  • Cell phones may be used by staff and visitors in the front parking lot only and are prohibited inside patient areas and within the campus. Patients are prohibited from using cell phones during their admission at Cumberland
  • Patients may not have their own laptop computers, cell phones, cameras, etc.
  • DVD/CD players, iPods or MP3 players, handheld electronic games, video game systems or TV without the inclusion of such within the Behavioral Support Plan
  • Belts with large buckles and/or belts made of chain
  • Bracelets, necklaces, or any item made of or containing Para-Cord, “Hemp”, or plastic (“Loom” bands)
  • Any device containing batteries
  • Detergents, bleach or any other toxic chemicals
  • Hair removal products (NARE, NEET, etc.)
  • Office supplies of any type to include yet not limited to scissors, thumb tacks, glue, correction ink (White Out), spiral notebooks, etc.
  • Bras containing underwire
  • Hair pins (bobby pins)
  • Fitted bed sheets (Elastic banded)
  • Magnetic toys or items containing magnets
  • Toys or items resembling weapons
  • Video games of any kind
  • Clothing items with explicit, lewd or lascivious language or depictions
  • Outside food or drink to include yet not limited to food or drink purchased from vending machines
  • Property deemed as stolen
  • Fidget Spinner device

RTC Residents ONLY: Any items containing a string, such as shoe strings, sweat shirts with drawstrings, sweatpants with drawstrings, or any other items that may have a detachable string are considered to be contraband and cannot be possessed by the residents.


  1. Clothing recommendations are made, in part, because there is limited space for clothing storage. If a patient arrives with additional clothing, it may be sent home.
  2. Parents and guardians, please bring your child’s social security card, birth certificate, any custody paperwork, your insurance card and a copy of your child’s immunization record. If your child has a severe allergy and requires an EPI pen, please bring the EPI pen for admission.
  3. Cumberland is not liable for loss or damage of any money, personal valuables or articles.
  4. The staff does its best to assure that personal items and clothing are not lost or damaged. However, the hospital is not responsible for loss or damage beyond its control, so please do not bring valuables. The staff has been instructed to send them home with family members.

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