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:
After several years of successfully targeting Spanish-speaking parent groups, the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy (OCRA) that serves Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) consumers turned its attention to the Asian-American community, which is unfortunately underrepresented. OCRA set out with an ambitious goal to work with a local parent support group called Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN) to do three different trainings within a three month period. Although the Asian-American community was a new target group for the RCEB OCRA office, the Clients’ Rights Advocate had already established a relationship with FCSN, having done several trainings for the group in the past.
First, OCRA met with the group to give a training on the always-popular topic of special education. They included a discussion of “What is OCRA” and even touched on “Self-Determination.” OCRA brought lots of handouts in both English and Chinese. It was a potpourri of topics, but the audience was lively and engaged throughout. The next training covered transition services. OCRA saw a mixture of new and familiar faces as he covered what happens when children become young adults. For the final training, OCRA once again covered multiple subjects and this time the topics were the “DD Waiver” and the “Affordable Care Act.” More trainings are sure to come.