After 87 years of providing vital services for Southland residents with a wide range of disabilities, Lanterman Developmental Center in Pomona will close its doors this month upon the departure of the last resident.

Although the facility will continue to provide limited services for those who have been transferred to other facilities, it will be the first time in decades that no residents have lived on the 300-acre campus on Pomona Boulevard.

“Lanterman is a home, and it was an honor to be allowed into our residents’ home to be among them each and every day,” said Brad Whitehead, a longtime Lanterman psychiatric technician who also serves as the chapter president for the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians. “When the center closes, all of our unique services will be lost to all those who lived here and benefited from them, and to all those area residents who could have enjoyed them.”

Thousands lived at the center during its peak years, with six patients now remaining, Whitehead said.

City News Service

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