Inland Regional Center Reopening One Month After San Bernardino Shooting

January 6, 2016 | By Garrett Montgomery More

The Inland Regional Center is reopening after the horrific terrorist attack that left 14 people dead. In a statement issued by the site, it was revealed that their 600 employees will be back to work at the two office buildings on Monday while the conference center portion where the massacre took place will be closed.

Inland Regional Center reopening

About one month after the San Bernardino shooting, the Inland Regional Center is reopening. In a brief statement issued by a spokesperson for The Inland Regional Center, it was revealed that on Monday, January, 4, the center located at 1365 Waterman Avenue was reopening its doors to families and caretakers of people with developmental disabilities.

The center, which has more than 500 employees/experts, works with over 30,000 people with developmental disabilities in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The staff members were given iPads after the terrorist attack for them to access patient records and work with service providers, mental health experts (behaviorists and therapists ) to coordinate care remotely. Leeza Hoyt, a spokeswoman for the regional center, said:

“They work in teams, and as you can imagine, they’re all looking forward to getting back together with their team. There’s a camaraderie that happens; there’s a brainstorming function that happens. I think knowing the building is again operating and open will give them a sense of comfort.”

According to Hoyt, there will be counselors present for staff members, who need talk about the attack. Additionally, there will be tighter security around the premises. The conference center where the shooting occurred will remain closed indefinitely while the two main buildings, which now have a giant fence around them, have been reopened.

The Inland Regional Center had been shut down since December 2, 2015, the day, husband and wife – Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik – committed a mass shooting, which left 14 dead and 21 injured. The shooters, who were ISIS supporters, left their baby girl at home, stormed at an event for employees of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, held in an auditorium with about 80 people. The killers, who were planning other attacks, fled in an SUV and were rapidly killed by law enforcement.

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