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:
Raul needs supervision at all times and support with all of his daily living skills. Raul received some IHSS hours, but his mother questioned why he was not receiving the maximum 283 hours of IHSS per month. OCRA explained how Raul could meet the IHSS severely impaired standard and how to appeal the county’s decision. OCRA also explained the individual IHSS category definitions to Raul’s mother and showed her how to record his needs for each service in a weekly chart. Once Raul’s mother completed the chart and determined that he met the severely impaired standard, she appealed the denial. OCRA helped her prepare for the hearing by reviewing Raul’s IPP, regional center documents, psychological reports, and educational records, which supported his mother’s position. OCRA also helped Raul’s mother prepare the evidence packet for the hearing. At the hearing, the county agreed to reassess Raul’s needs within 30 days. The county reviewed all of the documentation that Raul’s mother provided and determined that he met the IHSS severely impaired definition. The county granted Raul 283 hours per month of IHSS.
October 6-7, 2016,
Crowne Plaza Hotel Sacramento Northeast
Andy Faletti (916) 567-1974
Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L Street, Modesto
October 14, 2016, 9-2pm
Contact Person: Sandra Graham – 209-477-6342 or email@example.com or facebook.com/drailatexpo