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.

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

Additional Advocates

OCRA Sucess Stories


Regional Center Rescinds Eligibility Termination for a Child with ASD

Alfonso is an 8-year-old with average cognitive ability and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Since age two, he has received behavioral intervention as a regional center client.  Because of these intensive interventions, he has been successful academically in his elementary school classroom, with 504 accommodations instead of an IEP.  However, he still needs substantial social and behavioral assistance outside of the classroom.  Due to his academic success, the regional center reassessed his eligibility and determined that he had been misdiagnosed and no longer qualified for regional center services.  OCRA met with the regional center and provided technical assistance to Alfonso’s father concerning DSM-5 eligibility criteria for ASD, case strategy and options, evidence development, and standards of proof under the Lanterman Act for the administrative hearing.  Ultimately, a few days before the hearing, the regional center agreed to rescind the eligibility termination.  The regional center agreed that although Alfonso was doing well in the very supportive elementary school environment, it was premature to discontinue services without waiting to see how he would meet the more demanding academic and social challenges of adolescence.  Alfonso’s regional center eligibility will continue at least five more years before another reassessment.


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


Voting Rights Training

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

 

Supported Life 2016 Inclusion is the new standard

October 6-7, 2016, Crowne Plaza Hotel Sacramento Northeast http://www.supportedlife.org/index.asp
Andy Faletti (916) 567-1974

 

Ability Resource Fair and Assistive Technology Expo

Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L Street, Modesto
October 14, 2016, 9-2pm
Contact Person: Sandra Graham – 209-477-6342 or sandra@drail.org or facebook.com/drailatexpo

Important Links

Directory of Regional Centers

The Department of Developmental Services

California Department of Education Divison of Special Education

 

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