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SCLARC Successfully Transitions Residents of Lanterman Developmental Center into Its Catchment (November 5, 2014)

When Lanterman Developmental Center was ordered closed by the state in 2010, the population of the 302-acre campus had dwindled from a peak of nearly 3,000 in the late 1960s to 398. Following other states in the country, California began shutting down its six developmental centers in 2004 with the closure of Agnews Developmental Center in San Jose (which was completed in 2009). In 2013, the California State Legislature mandated that Lanterman State Hospital closure be completed by December 31, 2014. Of those 70 remaining residents at the time of the Legislature’s announcement, South Central Los Angeles Regional Center had eight consumers remaining to be transitioned into the community. On November 5, 2014, SCLARC successfully placed its last consumer.

All residents, who continue to thrive, are happy and blossoming in their new homes. Donna, for instance, likes wearing makeup and having her hair done. She is very stylish. Teddy could not be happier with his new life. He enjoys karaoke, watching movies, and playing ball. We think he wants to be the next Tiger Woods. Lethia enjoys her home so much that she stays awake more and wants to partake in activities with her peers. Our consumers’ families are also very happy with their loved one’s new home environments.

On December 24, 2014 the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) reported that the last resident transitioned from Lanterman Developmental Center (LDC) to the community. LDC will now begin the process of “Warm Shutdown” and Post Closure Support. This involves continuing to operate Outpatient Clinic Services for former Lanterman residents until the Department of General Services accepts possession of the property. Additionally, the Lanterman Regional Resource Development Project will continue to provide required post-placement follow up of individuals. A summary of the closure will be released in the near future.

South Central Los Angeles Regional Center’s Board of Directors and Leadership Team sincerely thank the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Lanterman Developmental Center, all SCLARC staff members, consultants, parents and vendors who worked diligently to complete the move of our stakeholders into our community. SCLARC extends its special thanks to:

  • Dexter A. Henderson
  • Bonnie Diehl
  • Sharon Dixon
  • Roy Doronila
  • Evelyn Galindo
  • Linda Parsons
  • Irma Salinas
  • Cheryl Williams
  • Irma Salinas
  • Dr. Kim Bowie
  • Reuben Lee
  • Marsha Mitchell-Bray
  • Fezem Shabaf
  • Jenice Turner
  • Dr. Sandra Watson
  • Paul Amuchie
  • Shirley Triplett
  • Ida Dacus
  • Dr. Chris O-Brien
  • Cecilia Pannell-Atkins
  • Dr. Mitra Rouintan
  • Dr. Bruce Williams

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