California’s protection & advocacy system
Toll Free 800.776.5746 / TTY 800.719.5798

OCRA is the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy

Providing free legal information, advice and representation to regional center clients.


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

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

O.B. Obtains Modifications & 1:1 Support at School

Shortly after transitioning to high school, O.B. started to have problems in the classroom and her grades began to fall, particularly in mathematics. O.B. had also taken to running out of the classroom and hiding in the bushes throughout the school day. O.B. had an accommodation to wear noise-reducing headphones, but her teachers would not allow her to wear them. OCRA agreed to represent O.B. at an IEP meeting and gave substantial technical assistance to her mother for a second meeting. After two IEP meetings, the district agreed to modify O.B.’s behavioral support plan, remove O.B. from the math class that O.B. and her mother objected to, and provide O.B. with a 1:1 aide to support her throughout the school day. The district also agreed to reassess O.B.’s academic functioning to ensure that she was being taught to her ability level. 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


"Hands Off My Money"

12/14 9:30am, Center for Adaptive Learning - 3227 Clayton Rd., Concord, CA 94519

"What is OCRA/IFSP/IPP Process"
Parent’s Place, 1500 S. Hyacinth Ave, Suite B, West Covina, CA 91791
1/15 6 & 1/29 10:00 to 12:00
(626) 919-1091

"What is OCRA/IFSP/IPP Process (in Spanish)"
Parent’s Place, 1500 S. Hyacinth Ave, Suite B, West Covina, CA 91791
2/12 & 2/26 10:00 to 12:00
(626) 919-1091

"What is OCRA/IFSP/IPP Process"
Parent’s Place 1500 S. Hyacinth Ave, Suite B, West Covina, CA 91791
3/11 & 3/25 10:00 to 12:00
(626) 919-1091


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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