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.
Providing free legal information, advice and representation to regional center clients.
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:
OCRA conducted a full day of outreach in Imperial County. The day began when OCRA trained regional center service coordinators about public benefits including Social Security, Medi-Cal, IHSS, Section 8, and CAPI. The service coordinators asked insightful questions and connected OCRA staff with several clients who needed further advice or assistance to get or keep the benefits to which they are entitled. OCRA learned more about the specific problems service coordinators are seeing in their area with the agencies that administer public benefits and discussed how to work together to address recurring problems that affect many regional center consumers.
OCRA then facilitated a fun, interactive self-advocacy training called “Hands Off My Money!” for a group of about 20 self-advocates at the Imperial County Work Training Center. The self-advocates learned more about their rights, and in the course of the discussion, OCRA staff learned that a number of the self-advocates had problems with SSI overpayments. Many requested additional help or advice. OCRA has opened cases for the individual consumers who needed help that day, and has already spoken with one self-advocate about providing another training to his group on a different topic. This combination of training, individual advocacy, and collaboration with the regional center is allowing OCRA to better meet the needs of their clients in Imperial County.
October 6-7, 2016,
Crowne Plaza Hotel Sacramento Northeast
Andy Faletti (916) 567-1974
Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L Street, Modesto
October 14, 2016, 9-2pm
Contact Person: Sandra Graham – 209-477-6342 or email@example.com or facebook.com/drailatexpo