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Lanterman Developmental Center
The Lanterman Developmental Center (LDC) mission was to provide the highest quality services and supports to people with developmental disabilities who require concentrated health care and /or training to develop skills in which to enhance their independence. The last resident moved to their new home in the community on December 23, 2014 and the facility closed its doors on June 30, 2015 when the property was transferred over to the authority of the California Polytechnic State University.
LDC utilized an extensive system of services and supports to assist clients through a variety of programs and departments providing for a creative environment that encouraged growth, recognized individual dignity and maximized each person's potential and opportunity to live in the setting of his or her choice.
History of Lanterman Developmental Center:
LDC, which opened in 1927 at its present location in Pomona, consisted of nine client residences, one acute hospital unit, a variety of training and work sites, a Vocational Training Center, and recreation facilities including playgrounds, camp, carousel, track, and a ballpark at the time of closure. Other entities housed on campus were a Research and Staff Training Building, a Child Day Care Center for community and staff members' children, a Credit Union and the California Conservation Corps.
Located in Southern California's vibrant San Gabriel Valley Region, LDC bordered the cities of Pomona, Diamond Bar, and Walnut while resting beneath Mt. "Baldy's" seasonally snowcapped peak. LDC operated 24-hours a day, seven days a week, in order to serve citizens of California who faced the challenges of developmental disabilities. The 87-year history of LDC's name changes parallels the tremendous shift in perception as to how the people of California understand their fellow citizens who lived at LDC.
Pacific Colony - Thinking "feeblemindedness" to be a menace, the California Legislature created Pacific Colony as a Southern California facility to detain the "feebleminded". People with developmental disabilities were "inmates", needing to be locked away from society forever because of their "insanity." The present location welcomed its first 27 "inmates", on May 2, 1927. At that time, only the city of Pomona existed in the local area.
By 1946, over 1,900 people crowded into a facility that had only grown large enough to hold 1,512 people. With World War II finally over, the state allocated more money for expansion and improvements.
Pacific State Hospital - The name change in 1953 marked a statewide shift in understanding that had begun in the 1930's. No longer were residents of Pacific considered "inmates" but "patients" who were sick and needing treatment to be made well. The new use of the socio-psychological team, social workers, psychologist, and parents and innovative practices such as in-service training for nurses provided some of the practical evidence of this shift. The era also marked the start of a movement toward helping people with developmental disabilities prepare for living in the broader community.
Frank D. Lanterman State Hospital and Developmental Center - Championing the cause of people with developmental disabilities throughout his career, State Assemblyman Frank D. Lanterman ensured their civil rights and guaranteed them life-long services through the creation of the Lanterman Act. He also initiated the network of community resources known as the Regional Centers. In honor of his dedication, Pacific changed its name in 1979.
Lanterman Developmental Center - People with developmental disabilities are now perceived as individuals with special needs rather than "patients" and referred to as "residents." By dropping "State Hospital" during the 1980's, developmental centers throughout California adopted this philosophy and promoted the fact that all residents receive progressive habilitation training.
Lanterman Developmental Center's last resident moved into the community on December 23, 2014 and the facility began warm shut down operations. The facility property will be transferred to the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona on July 1, 2015.