California’s protection & advocacy system
Toll Free 800.776.5746 / 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


M.F. is Found Eligible for SSI Benefits and Obtains Back-Payment

Social Security denied M.F.’s initial application for SSI benefits.  Although he only speaks Spanish, he received notices from Social Security in English.  As a result, he had trouble navigating the appeal process.  OCRA assisted M.F. to gather his special education, regional center, and medical records, and helped him file a request for reconsideration.  When Social Security denied his reconsideration request, M.F. asked for a hearing and OCRA agreed to represent him.  OCRA secured an SSI eligibility assessment from M.F.’s regional center and an evaluation from the Department of Rehabilitation regarding his ability to work.  OCRA also gathered other pieces of evidence that support his SSI eligibility and wrote a pre-hearing legal brief.  When the judge read the brief and looked at the evidence, she found M.F. eligible for SSI benefits without the need to have a hearing.  This eligibility will include at least 19 months of retroactive payments. 


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

"What is OCRA/IFSP/IPP Process (in Spanish)"

Parent’s Place, 1500 S. Hyacinth Ave, Suite B, West Covina, CA 91791
5/13 10:00 to 12:00
(626) 919-1091

"What is OCRA/IFSP/IPP Process (in Spanish)"

Parent’s Place, 1500 S. Hyacinth Ave, Suite B, West Covina, CA 91791
5/20 10:00 to 12:00
(626) 919-1091

"What is OCRA/IFSP/IPP Process"

Parent’s Place
1500 S. Hyacinth Avenue, Suite B, West Covina, CA 6/3 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
(626) 919-1091

"What is OCRA/IFSP/IPP Process"

Parent’s Place
1500 S. Hyacinth Avenue, Suite B, West Covina, CA 6/10 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
(626) 919-1091

Important Links

Directory of Regional Centers

The Department of Developmental Services

California Department of Education Divison of Special Education

 

Grievance Forms

English

Spanish / español