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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.
SCLARC's Board of Directors and Leadership Team sincerely thank all staff members and consultants who worked diligently to complete the move of our stakeholders from Lanterman Developmental Center into our catchment. Your hard work and committed effort have made a tremendous impact on those we serve.