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

Additional Advocates

OCRA Sucess Stories


Student No Longer Has to Wear Helmet After OCRA Intervenes

J.Z. is a 4-year-old child with an intellectual disability and a visual impairment, which required him to wear a helmet any time he was on his school campus.  The school required J.Z. to use a helmet because he would frequently become frustrated and throw himself to the ground, putting himself at risk for a head injury.  J.Z.’s mother was concerned that he would always need to wear a helmet because he was not learning alternative ways to cope with his frustration.  OCRA attended and advocated for J.Z. at an IEP meeting.  At that meeting, OCRA advocated for J.Z. to be able to attend school without wearing the restrictive headgear.  At OCRA’s urging, the IEP team developed a behavior intervention plan for J.Z. to learn appropriate ways to cope with his frustration.  At the conclusion of the meeting, the IEP team agreed to implement the behavior intervention plan and to allow J.Z. to attend school without wearing the helmet. 


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

"Regional Center Fair Hearings - Improving Your Chance of Successful Outcomes"

Featuring Katie Hornberger, OCRA Director. 2707 Transworld Dr., Greenwood 3 Room, Stockton, CA 95206. Wednesday 9/21 6:30-8:30pm To RSVP, please call 209-473-6930 or email: marigene.tacan-regan@scdd.ca.gov and provide your name, email address, and phone number. Space is limited. If you need any special accommodations, please let us know beforehand.

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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