California’s protection & advocacy system
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What is OCRA?

The Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy (OCRA) is part of Disability Rights California. OCRA is funded through a contract with the California Department of Developmental Services. OCRA has been providing advocacy services to regional center consumers, their families, and interested community members since 1999. OCRA provides legal services to consumers of all 21 regional centers throughout California. This is done by having a Clients' Rights Advocate (CRA) designated for each regional center catchment area. The CRA can help with legal problems, conduct trainings, and investigate denials of rights.


Who is your CRA?

To contact your OCRA office, call one of OCRA's toll-free numbers:

Northern California 1-800-390-7032 (TTY 877-669-6023)

Southern California 1-866-833-6712 (TTY 877-669-6023)

Or you can call your advocate directly at the number listed below:

Management Team

Alta California Regional Center

Central Valley Regional Center

East Los Angeles Regional Center

Far Northern Regional Center

Golden Gate Regional Center

Harbor Regional Center

Inland Regional Center

Kern Regional Center

Lanterman Regional Center

North Bay Regional Center

North Los Angeles County Regional Center

Redwood Coast Regional Center - Eureka

Redwood Coast Regional Center - Ukiah

Regional Center of the East Bay

Regional Center of Orange County

San Andreas Regional Center

San Diego Regional Center

San Gabriel / Pomona Regional Center

South Central LA Regional Center

Tri-Counties Regional Center

Valley Mountain Regional Center

Westside Regional Center

OCRA Sucess Stories

E.C. Will Continue in His Local School as a Kindergartner.

E.C. attended a special education pre-kindergarten program at a school close to his home.  For kindergarten, the school district proposed to place him in a different school because they said he needed to be in the autism program at the new school.  E.C.’s mother visited the proposed new school and did not agree to place him there because it was not clean and quite far from E.C.’s home.  The area held bad memories for the family because one of E.C.’s family members was killed on the same block.  E.C.’s mother also did not think the teacher in the proposed classroom would be a good fit for her son.

E.C.’s mother and the rest of his Individualized Education Program (IEP) team discussed placement at a meeting, and his mother signed what she was told was an attendance sheet. She later realized that she had signed in agreement with the IEP and the proposed placement.  She tried calling the school E.C. formerly attended and where the IEP meeting was held, to ask them for different options, but the assistant principal and the teacher told her there were no other options.  E.C. lives in a large city with many elementary schools, some with autism programs, close to his home.  School ended for the summer and E.C.’s mother felt hopeless that E.C. would have to begin kindergarten in an inappropriate setting.  

OCRA sent a letter to the school district, revoking E.C.’s mother’s consent on the last IEP, asked for other placement options, and an IEP meeting to be held.  This was followed by negotiations with staff from the school district over the summer, to get E.C. a placement offer at the school where he attended pre-kindergarten and home-to-school transportation.  E.C. began kindergarten at his local school in the autism program just two days into the school year.  Katie Meyer, CRA, Luisa Delgadillo, Assistant CRA, Katherine Mottarella, Supervising CRA, Westside Regional Center.


Past Success Stories by Topic


Archive of OCRA Reports

Publications & Fact Sheets

OCRA Brochure (#5015.01)

Fact Sheets on Changes to the Law

Rights Under the Lanterman Act Manual

Special Education Rights and Responsibilities Manual


Upcoming Events


IHSS Overview Power Point Presentation For Exceptional Families.

April 16 10:00AM
3121 N. Select Ave Bakersfield, CA 93308
For more info contact: Mario Espinoza (661) 208-4847.

Parent support group Angeles sin Fronteras Conference 2015

April 18, 2015 More information to come.
Contact: Filomena Alomar (408) 374-2470




Important Links

Directory of Regional Centers

The Department of Developmental Services

California Department of Education Divison of Special Education


Grievance Forms


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