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.


10 free services we provides to eligible individuals

(Also available in Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Russian, Tagalog, Hmong, Armenian, Arabic and Farsi)

  1. advice about legal, civil and service rights
  2. technical assistance, training, publications and advocacy support for Californians with disabilities, their families and representatives
  3. legislative advocacy to ensure laws benefit Californians with disabilities
  4. investigate complaints about serious physical and sexual abuse and neglect-related deaths in institutions
  5. outreach to traditionally underserved ethnic and disability communities
  6. peer self-advocacy services for people with psychiatric or developmental disabilities
  7. patients' rights advocacy for state psychiatric hospital residents, technical assistance and training for county advocates
  8. rights advocacy for clients with developmental disabilities who are receiving services at regional centers
  9. bringing impact litigation and acting as amicus curiae in disability-related cases
  10. represent individuals based on  priorities and case selection criteria

How we can help

If you have a disability and qualify for services, we can help you with problems like:

  • rights to basic support, personal care, therapy and health care — like Supplemental Security Income (SSI), health care services including In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), Medi-Cal, and California Children's Services (CCS)
  • discrimination in housing, transportation, employment, and access to public and private programs and services
  • abuse, neglect, and rights violations in an institution
  • least restrictive environment, dignity, privacy, choice, and other basic rights
  • special education rights
  • mental health and support services that provide individualized treatment
  • regional center eligibility and services that promote independence — such as supported living and family supports
  • voting registration, vote casting and accessible polling places
  • access to technology — like communication devices and power wheelchairs

If we can't help, we refer to other resources.

Disability Rights California also takes its services into the community, wherever children, youth and adults with disabilities live or go to school or obtain services.