California’s protection & advocacy system
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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

B.A. Receives Comprehensive Supports and Moves Out of an IMD.

B.A. was placed in an Institution for Mental Disease (IMD) a type of locked facility in 2012. OCRA first became involved with B.A. in the summer of 2013, when his mother was desperately trying to find someone to advocate to keep him out of Fairview Developmental Center. OCRA sent a demand letter to the regional center and met with the Associate Director in order to find alternative placements for B.A. Over the next year and a half, the Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis worked closely with B.A. to craft an individualized combination supported living and behavioral program, so that he could move safely back into his parents’ home. After extensive preparation and staff training, B.A. moved out of the IMD and back home. The regional center provides B.A. with funding for 24-hour staff with a ratio of 2:1 during the day and 1:1 overnight. B.A. has an individualized home day program and a highly structured routine with activities that B.A. chooses himself. B.A. is doing well at home. Hannah Liddell, CRA, Ada Hamer, Associate CRA, Kendra McWright, Supervising CRA, Frank D. Lanterman 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


SAC6 Self Advocacy Meeting - POWER OF VOTING

Friday Nov. 6, 2015, Howard Training Center 1424 Stonum Rd, Modesto. 10am-2pm. Please call SAC 6 at 209-594-1476 or 888-960-2416 or


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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