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:
Mauricio’s SSI benefits were terminated. During the time that 5-year-old Mauricio did not receive his SSI check, his mother had to borrow money from acquaintances and go into debt to pay the rent and purchase basic necessities for Mauricio. Social Security eventually reinstated his benefits and paid the money owed, but a representative payee held the account for Mauricio and would not release any funds to pay the debts that Mauricio’s mother still owed. OCRA reviewed Mauricio’s mother’s receipts, contacted the representative payee, and wrote a letter explaining how the funds should be released to pay the debts for Mauricio’s expenses. OCRA also helped set up a plan to pay for socialization training for Mauricio. Thanks to OCRA’s intervention, Mauricio’s family received $6,500 to pay off their current debt and the rest will be going toward his living expenses and ongoing care.
September 14, 2016, 3:00p.m. The Link Building (Creative Support Alternatives, 130 East St. Charles Street (upper level; accessible entrance via driveway located between El Dorado Bank and Pizza Parlour), San Andreas, CA 95249. RSVP to Christine Hager, 209-242-2127
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook.com/drailatexpo