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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

April 2, 2010
Lanterman center closure plan released; union reacts

Thumbnail image for 100201 Lanterrman.JPGThe Department of Developmental Services has issued its blueprint for closing the massive Lanterman Developmental Center in Pomona. You can read the 93-page plan by clicking here.

Lanterman's closure has to be approved by the state Legislature, which received the plan on Thursday. DDS estimates it will take at least two years from now to shutter the facility.

The plan includes the department's rationale for closing the center and impacts to clients and their families and to staff.

A coalition of the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians, Lanterman clients' family members and staff followed the DDS report with this "Save Lanterman" press release announcing the launch of saveldc.org , a Web site aimed at convincing lawmakers to save the facility. Of Lanterman's 1,280 staff, 507 are represented by CAPT.

Click here for an earlier report about Lanterman.

IMAGE: www.dds.cahwnet.gov

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