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:

  • Have a intellectual or developmental disability
  • Are a regional center consumer
  • Have a mental health disability
  • Are a patient in a state psychiatric hospital
  • Have a physical, learning or sensory disability
  • Have a traumatic brain injury
  • Are a person with a disability and need access to new technology to accommodate your disability and help you live a fuller, more independent life
  • Receive SSI or SSDI, need help with employment issues or keeping your benefits when you return to work
  • Are a person with a disability and have questions about accessible voting or requesting assistance accessing voting places because of your disability

To decide if we can represent you, 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.Read about our priorities in our Advocacy Plan.
  • If we have the resources to see your representation all the way through to resolution

Problems we can't help with-

  • Direct representation in criminal law, family law, bankruptcy, evictions, or personal injury lawsuits
  • Filling out Social Security application forms
  • Obtaining guardianship or conservatorship

For other legal services organizations http://lawhelpca.org/

 

Grievance Forms

If we decide we cannot help you and you disagree, you can file a grievance. Use the procedures and this 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

Disability Rights California is required to establish a grievance procedure for individuals who have received or are receiving mental health services, or family members or representatives of such individuals to assure that we are operating in compliance with requirements under the program that serves individuals with mental health disabilities (i.e. the Protection and Advocacy for Mentally Ill Individuals Act or PAIMI Act).

Please use the following links to learn more about the federal assurances with which we must comply under the PAIMI Act and for information about how to file a grievance if you feel that we have not complied with these federal program requirements. 

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 people with developmental disabilities in California through funding from the State Department of Developmental Disabilities.
In deciding if 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
  • If we have the resources

OCRA has the following Grievance Procedures to make sure people with developmental disabilities have access to high quality advocacy services English, Spanish, Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Farsi, Hmong, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, Vietnamese