California Families Call for Moratorium
October 23, 2012
Some families and friends of Lanterman Developmental Center residents in Pomona, California have called on the California legislature to halt transitions from the center, which is in the process of closing. Citing broken promises by the State to assure quality of care for their family members upon transition, a number of mortalities, and lack of information about the welfare of 140 residents who have already transferred, 117 Lanterman families and friends have called on legislators to halt transfers, except for those families who choose to proceed with their child's transition.
"Two years of unproductive negotiations, empty promises and broken commitments are enough," says the October 23, 2012 letter signed by 117 Lanterman Developmental Center families and friends. "Families and advocates of Lanterman residents plead with legislators to call for a moratorium on placements out of Lanterman Developmental Center, until all health and safety concerns have been addressed."