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California’s protection & advocacy system
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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

Redwood Coast Regional Center - Ukiah

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

OCRA Sucess Stories

M.A. is Eligible for Regional Center Services.

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.


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

 

Special Ed /IEP Trainings

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)

 

Support for Families: 2015 Information and Resource Conference

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)

 

IHSS Training in English and Spanish.

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


In Home Supportive Services Hot Topics and Frequently Asked Questions

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

 

Special Ed/ IEP Training

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).


IFSP/IPP Process

April 10, 2015, May 8, 2015 (Spanish) 10:00 am- 12:00 pm 1500 S. Hyacinth Ave Suite B West Covina, CA. 91791 


Parent support group Angeles sin Fronteras Conference 2015

April 18, 2015 More information to come.
Contact: Filomena Alomar (408) 374-2470

 

 

 

Important Links

Directory of Regional Centers

The Department of Developmental Services

California Department of Education Divison of Special Education

 

Grievance Forms

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