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

J.S. Finally Gets a Court Hearing after Numerous Delays.

J.S. was living in a locked facility in Southern California but wanted to move into the community into his own apartment.  J.S. will need Supportive Living Services (SLS) to live on his own.  A vendor was found for him and they developed a plan that included community outings, to get to know him and his needs.  The regional center filed a petition to commit J.S. to live in a developmental center where he could go on community outings. 

J.S.’s court hearing was scheduled for September 2014, but the regional center improperly filed the court documents.  The committing court located in Northern California only schedules these types of commitment hearings one day per month, so J.S.’s hearing was postponed to October 2014.  By October 2014, J.S.’s case was still not on the court calendar.  Despite the efforts of the regional center’s legal consultant to contact the district attorney’s office, the hearing was rescheduled for November 2014. 

The regional center’s director of client services sought legal advice on obtaining a prompt hearing for J.S.  OCRA attended the regional center’s legal group meeting and asked that the regional center request moving J.S.’s case to a local court, which was permitted under the law in order prevent any further delay.  The local court agreed to hear the matter and granted the hearing within a week.  The commitment petition was granted.  J.S. has moved to the developmental center and is working with his SLS provider to move back into the community.  Jennifer Alfaro, CRA, Timothy Poe, Supervising CRA, Community Integration/DCs.

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


Training on SSI & IHSS (Spanish)

March 5, 2015 10:00a.m.-11:30 a.m.
835 E. Airway Blvd. Livermore, CA 94551


Vietnamese Conference Training

March 14, 2015 8:00am – 1:00 pm.
San Jose Public Library 880 Tully Road San Jose, CA 95111.
No childcare will be provided!
For more info please call. Jamie Nguyen, Service Coordinator. (408)-341-3421


Special Ed /IEP Trainings

March 20, 2015 10:00am.-12:00pm 2033 Howe Ave. Suite 160 Sacramento For more info please call 916-263-3085 RSVP for Training. (Event is open to the public)


Support for Families: 2015 Information and Resource Conference

John O’Connell High School, 2355 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA Saturday March 21, 2015 8:30am - 3:30pm For more info: www.supportforfamilies.org and by phone (415-920-5040)


IHSS Training in English and Spanish.

March 27 2:30-4pm Redwood Coast Regional Center 180 3rd Street Lakeport, CA 95453 For more info please contact: Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy (707) 462-2462


Special Ed/ IEP Training

05/08/2015 10am.-12pm 2033 Howe Ave. Suite 160 Sacramento, For more info contact: Sonya and Monique 916-263-3085 Please RSVP for Training (Event is open to public).

IFSP/IPP Process

April 10, 2015, May 8, 2015 (Spanish) 10:00 am- 12:00 pm 1500 S. Hyacinth Ave Suite B West Covina, CA. 91791 

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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