California’s protection & advocacy system

For legal assistance call 800-776-5746. For all other purposes call 916-504-5800 in Northern CA

or 213-213-8000 in Southern CA. TTY 800-719-5798.

OCRA is the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy

Providing free legal information, advice and representation to regional center clients.


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

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

Additional Advocates

OCRA Sucess Stories

Mauricio’s Family Gets SSI Income Due

Mauricio’s SSI benefits were terminated. During the time that 5-year-old Mauricio did not receive his SSI check, his mother had to borrow money from acquaintances and go into debt to pay the rent and purchase basic necessities for Mauricio. Social Security eventually reinstated his benefits and paid the money owed, but a representative payee held the account for Mauricio and would not release any funds to pay the debts that Mauricio’s mother still owed. OCRA reviewed Mauricio’s mother’s receipts, contacted the representative payee, and wrote a letter explaining how the funds should be released to pay the debts for Mauricio’s expenses. OCRA also helped set up a plan to pay for socialization training for Mauricio. Thanks to OCRA’s intervention, Mauricio’s family received $6,500 to pay off their current debt and the rest will be going toward his living expenses and ongoing care.

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

Voting Rights Training

September 14, 2016, 3:00p.m. The Link Building (Creative Support Alternatives, 130 East St. Charles Street (upper level; accessible entrance via driveway located between El Dorado Bank and Pizza Parlour), San Andreas, CA 95249. RSVP to Christine Hager, 209-242-2127


Supported Life 2016 Inclusion is the new standard

October 6-7, 2016, Crowne Plaza Hotel Sacramento Northeast
Andy Faletti (916) 567-1974


Ability Resource Fair and Assistive Technology Expo

Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L Street, Modesto
October 14, 2016, 9-2pm
Contact Person: Sandra Graham – 209-477-6342 or or

Important Links

Directory of Regional Centers

The Department of Developmental Services

California Department of Education Divison of Special Education


Grievance Forms