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.


Summary of main ways DRC helped its clients in 2013

DRC Fast Facts 2013 (excerpt from 2013 Annual Report page 12)

Last year we resolved more than 23,600 issues. Of that total, around 10,700 concerned developmental disabilities and 8400 concerned people with mental health disabilities.
Our staff participated in 1140 training and community outreach events, reaching around 67,000 people with information in many languages about our services.

DRC receives at least 2000 requests for assistance a month. In 2013 people most often asked for help with:

  • regional centers (4400)
  • education (3200)
  • health related (3100)
  • privacy and personal autonomy (3000)
  • income maintenance (2400)
  • abuse (1400)
  • and housing (1000)
In addition, we estimate around 411,300 Californians were positively impacted by our class action and impact litigation. In 2013 more than 160,000 visited our website and accessed publications in multiple languages.