California’s protection & advocacy system
Toll Free 800.776.5746 / TTY 800.719.5798
The Offie 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 Helps Adult Client Reduce Child Support Garnishment.
T.M. is the non-custodial parent of an adult child. OCRA staff assisted T.M. in contacting the county Department of Social Services Child Support Unit to request a reduction of the child support arrears being garnished from T.M.’s monthly SSDI check.
T.M. contacted OCRA who assisted him in providing supporting documentation. The county agreed to issue an amended wage garnishment order to reduce the withholding on T.M.’s monthly check from $245 to $50.05 per month. This amended amount is the California state maximum allowable deduction (5%) based upon T.M.’s receipt of SSDI. The reduction became effective January 1, 2014. Mary Melendrez, CRA, Christine Armand, Associate CRA, Katherine Mottarella, Supervising CRA, South Central Los Angeles Regional Center.
“Sibling Workshops” sponsored by Warmline. There is no cost to participate and you can register online at www.warmlinefrc.org or call (916) 922-9276
Dates of workshops are:
March 8, March 29
"In Home Supportive Services: Eligibility, Protective Supervision & Other Common Issues" March 27 6:30-8pm in English & Spanish. 15725 Parthenia St., North Hills, CA.. To register you must be a regional center client and call (818)778-4406
"Alternatives to Conservatorships" April 3 & April 24 6:30-8:pm in English & Spanish, 15725 Parthenia St., North Hills, CA.. To register you must be a regional center client and call (818)778-4406
"CHOICES: My Voice, My Choice" Location:SJ County Office of Ed, April 4, 2014 Time:8-3pm
"Workshop on Autism", Diagnosis, Clinical Management and Medical Treatment, April 5, 2014, 9am-4:30pm, UC Davis MIND Institute - 2825 50th Street, Sacramento 95817 Please mail your registration to: Fiesta Educativa, 7812 Palmyra Drive, Fair Oaks CA 95628
Fax: 916 863-1347 or email: email@example.com
"Challenging Denials by the Regional Center" May 1 & May 15 6:30-8pm in English & Spanish. 15725 Parthenia St., North Hills, CA.. To register you must be a regional center client and call (818)778-4406