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:
B.E. moved into a group home shortly after his 18th birthday. It was his first time living outside of his family home. On his first day in the new house B.E. got water on the cast that he was wearing on his foot, and needed the cast to be repaired at a hospital. The staff at B.E.’s group home took him to the hospital, but after the doctors applied a new cast the group home refused to take him back. With nowhere to live, B.E. remained at the hospital for several weeks waiting for a new placement. OCRA was alerted to B.E.’s case by Adult Protective Services. OCRA went to the hospital to meet with B.E. and learned that the regional center filed a petition to commit B.E. under Welfare & Institutions Code section 6500. The regional center was seeking to place B.E. at College Hospital, a locked facility hundreds of miles away from B.E.’s home community and family within the week. OCRA agreed to appear at the 6500 hearing and provide technical assistance to B.E.’s public defender to contest the proposed placement at College Hospital.
OCRA provided B.E.’s public defender with information explaining the Lanterman Act and the judicial commitment statutes that protect B.E.’s right to live in the least restrictive and most integrated placement appropriate for his needs in his home community. OCRA appeared at B.E.’s 6500 commitment hearing and supported the public defender’s argument that College Hospital was not an appropriate placement for B.E. The court issued an order that the regional center would not be permitted to move B.E. to College Hospital as it had intended. The court also ordered the regional center to demonstrate to the court that it had thoroughly explored and exhausted all community-based placement options in B.E.’s home community before the court would consider approving a transfer to College Hospital. Since that time, B.E. has moved out of the hospital and is now living in a small crisis home in his home county while he awaits a permanent placement. Katie Spielman, CRA, Christine Tarrant, Assistant CRA, William Leiner, Supervising CRA, Golden Gate Regional Center.
Fair Hearing Training for AB 6
January 13 San Joaquin Office of Education 2901 Arch Airport Rd Stockton, CA 95206
6:00 p.m.- 8:00 pm
Contact: Christine Hager (209) 242-2127
How to understand my child IEP
Feb 3, 2105 at Gilroy Unified School district office, 7810 Arroyo Circle, Gilroy CA
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Contact: Filomena (408-) 374-2470
Parent support group Angeles sin Fronteras Conference 2015
April 18, 2015 More information to come.
Contact: Filomena Alomar (408) 374-2470