The Johnson County Historical Society's

Asylum and Poor Farm




Background | Asylum | Today


Today the county homes are clean and remarkable compared to the 1861 asylum. This is a great illustration of the changes in public healthcare. The Johnson County citizens that are in need of mental healthcare reside in Chatham Oaks, which is a care facility that provides modern treatment. They receive treatment by actual physicians and psychiatrists. Now there are psychiatric units in hospitals like in the University of Iowa where treatment is administered through medicines and doctor sessions rather than farming land. The Johnson County Poor Farm and Asylum paved the road to advancements in mental healthcare.

Antique equipment from the Poor Farm

All information courtesy of an article written by Verne Kelley.


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