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.

Who we help

 

You could be eligible for services if:

  • You have a developmental disability.
  • You are a regional center consumer.
  • You have a psychiatric disability or emotional impairment.
  • You are a patient in a state psychiatric hospital.
  • You have a physical, learning or sensory disability.
  • You have a traumatic brain injury.
  • You need access to new technology that you believe may help you live a fuller, more independent life.
  • You receive SSI or SSDI and need help with employment issues or keeping your benefits when you return to work.
  • You have questions about your right to vote.

To decide whether we can represent you directly, we will consider:

  • The merits of your claim;
  • Your ability to advocate for yourself;
  • Other advocacy sources you could use;
  • Whether your problem falls within one of our priority areas. The priority areas are decided annually be our Board of Directors. You may read our priorities in our Advocacy Plan; and
  • Availability of Disability Rights California resources.

Grievance Forms

If we decide that we can not help you and you disagree, you can file a grievance. Here are the procedures and form for filing a grievance in English (pdf) or (rtf), Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Russian, Tagalog, Hmong, Armenian, Ukranian, Laotian, Thai, Arabic, Japanese or Farsi

 

PAIMI Assurance Grievance Form

In compliance with the Protection and Advocacy for Mentally Ill Individuals Act (PAIMI), here are the procedures and form for filing a PAIMI assurance grievance in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Russian, Tagalog, Hmong, Armenian, Ukranian, Laotian, Thai, Arabic, or Japanese.

 

Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy (OCRA) Grievance Form

OCRA provides advocacy help for persons with developmental disabilities in California through funding from the State Department of Developmental Disabilities.

In deciding whether OCRA can represent you directly, we will consider:

  • The merits of your claim;
  • Your ability to advocate for yourself;
  • Other advocacy sources you could use;
  • Whether your problem is related to your developmental disability; and
  • Availability of resources.

To ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities have access to high quality advocacy services, OCRA has the following Grievance Procedure which consumers or their representatives can use in English, Spanish, Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Farsi, Hmong, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, Vietnamese