California’s protection & advocacy system
Toll Free 800.776.5746 / TTY 800.719.5798
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.
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:
M.A.’s neurologist, educational team, family and friends recommended that his mother approach the regional center to obtain eligibility for him under the qualifying diagnosis of autism. The records show that M.A. had early brain trauma and displayed many of the characteristics of a child with autism. The regional center briefly evaluated M.A. and denied eligibility for services. OCRA agreed to help M.A. by reviewing records, providing M.A.’s mother with legal arguments and assisting her in developing the eligibility evidence needed. OCRA staff also spoke with M.A.’s independent psychologist and neurologist to educate them about the criteria for regional center services. OCRA met with M.A.’s mother to explain all eligibility criteria and recommend that the fifth category be considered when negotiating with the regional center in the informal meeting and mediation. Regional center soon found M.A. to be eligible for services under the fifth category. Kendra McWright, CRA, Gina Gheno, Assistant CRA, Katherine Mottarella, Supervising CRA, Tri-Counties Regional Center.
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)
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)
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
With Megan Chambers Lazet, and Susan Alvarado March 30 2015 4:30pm
San Diego Regional Center
512 West Aten Road Imperial, CA 92251.
For more info contact: OCRA San Diego Regional Center 619-239-7877
April 8th 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).
April 10, 2015, May 8, 2015 (Spanish) 10:00 am- 12:00 pm 1500 S. Hyacinth Ave Suite B West Covina, CA. 91791
April 18, 2015 More information to come.
Contact: Filomena Alomar (408) 374-2470