Rhode Island State Police are investigating claims of patient abuse at the Zambarano unit of Eleanor Slater Hospital.
The state Department of Administration has confirmed that nursing assistants Lyn Latondresse and Lynda Proietti have been placed on paid leave as a result of the ongoing investigation.
An Executive Office of Health and Human Services spokesman declined to comment on the investigation.
WJAR-TV first reported the news.
The Burrillville hospital serves about 120 long-term patients suffering from chronic illness, behavioral issues and brain and spinal cord injuries. It's run by the state Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals.