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:
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook.com/drailatexpo