California’s protection & advocacy system
Toll Free 800.776.5746 / 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:
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.
"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: firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name, email address, and phone number. Space is limited. If you need any special accommodations, please let us know beforehand.