Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy (OCRA)

The Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy (OCRA) is part of Disability Rights California. OCRA provides free legal information, advice, and representation to regional center clients.

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Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy (OCRA)

The Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy (OCRA) is part of Disability Rights California. OCRA provides free legal information, advice, and representation to regional center clients. OCRA serves clients of all 21 regional centers throughout California, and has been serving them since 1999. We have a Clients’ Rights Advocate (CRA) serving each regional center. The CRA helps protect regional center clients' rights.

Who Can OCRA Help?

Anyone can ask OCRA about a regional center client’s rights. OCRA will answer the questions or help find another resource. Regional center clients or family members can ask OCRA to advocate for their rights.

Icon of a Contact book Find your OCRA contacts here

How Can Your Clients’ Rights Advocate Help You?

Your Clients’ Rights Advocate can:

  • Help regional center clients and their families get services.
  • Provide information about rights and services.
  • Provide training.
  • Represent regional center clients in meetings and hearings.
  • Investigate complaints about denial of rights.

How Will OCRA Decide If It Can Help?

In deciding if OCRA can advocate for you, your CRA will look at:

  • The merits of your case.
  • Your ability to advocate for yourself.
  • The availability of OCRA resources.
  • Other available advocacy resources.

What Can OCRA Help You With

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Alternatives to Conservatorship
  • Criminal Matters
  • Discrimination
  • Guardianship
  • In-Home Support Services (IHSS)
  • Medi-Cal
  • Mental Health
  • Privacy
  • Private Insurance
  • Regional Center Services
  • School Services
  • Social Security
  • Voting

How to Contact Us:

To contact your OCRA office, call:

  • 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 on the staff links page.

If you are an OCRA client and are unhappy with how we helped you, you can file a grievance.

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