Our History

Brickmore Asylum was developed by the U.S. Department of Mental Health starting in 1897, under the direction of president Grover Cleveland. After 5 years of development, Brickmore Asylum was inaugurated in 1902 by its first warden, Warden Marcus J. Poulin.

Warden Poulin opened the facility during one of the worst mental health crises the United States has ever seen. The population at Brickmore Asylum burgeoned to over 500 patients, with some of them berthing in make-shift tents on the grounds of Brickmore Asylum.

However, through his assiduous work-ethic, Warden Poulin treated and discharged a majority of those patients while instituting stricter policies on which types of patients would be admitted into the facility in the future. These policies are the basis behind Brickmore’s reputation for handling the worst lunatics and criminal psychotics in the country.

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Warden Quincy A. Murphy was Brickmore Asylum’s second warden, starting his tenure in 1927 after Warden Poulin retired.

Warden Murphy continued the policies instituted by Warden Poulin, keeping the patient population of Brickmore Asylum to a manageable level. However, the patients being accepted at Brickmore Asylum were increasingly violent, with current techniques struggling to quell patient instability.

 

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Warden Stephen E. Haynes was established into office on July 12th, 1950 after the untimely death of Warden Murphy.

Warden Haynes was a junior warden at nearby outpatient mental facility – Southwood Home – and has extensive experience in the mental health field, despite his young age.

Warden Haynes instituted many reforms and upgrades to the facility, increasing Brickmore Asylum’s footprint to its current size. Other upgrades, including flush toilets and propane powered stoves, greatly increased the standard of living for the patients in the asylum.

 

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Warden Adolph R. Stockmeyer succeeded Warden Haynes in 1979. Warden Stockmeyer is the current warden, and his tenure has been marked with even more reforms, initiated by Warden Haynes.

The most progressive of these reforms is the “patient-run-facility” philosophy. Nearly the entire facility is operated and managed by the patients themselves, resulting in great savings to the taxpayer.

Additionally, Warden Stockmeyer has a strict “mental contamination” policy which the warden defines as “the rapid spreads of insanity from extremely psychotic patients to those who have no current signs of insanity.”

Warden Stockmeyer has well documented his theory of “mental contamination” and its rapid spread from individual to individual, hence providing the basis for a “patient-run-facility.”

Brickmore Asylum stands to this day as the pioneer of this philosophy.