Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA)
The Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) represents California’s 21 independent, non-profit regional centers. The mission of ARCA is to promote, support, and advance regional centers in achieving the intent and mandate of the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act in providing community-based services that enable individuals with developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential and highest level of self-sufficiency.
Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
The California Department of Developmental Services is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities. These disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and community facilities, and contracts with 21 nonprofit regional centers.
Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy (OCRA)
Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy is part of Disability Rights California. OCRA has a Clients’ Right Advocate (CRA) at each regional center. The CRA can help regional center consumers and their families get services; provide information about rights and services; provide training; represent regional center consumers in hearings; and investigate complaints about denial of rights in a facility.
Kristen Evans – CRA
Ana Rivas – Assistant CRA
Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy
5901 Green Valley Circle, Suite 150
Culver City, CA 90230
Phone: (310) 846-4949
Fax: (310) 846-4932
Supervised by Katie Meyer
State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)
The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need. Consumers know best what supports and services they need to live independently and to actively participate in their communities. Through advocacy, capacity building and systemic change, SCDD works to achieve a consumer and family-based system of individualized services, supports, and other assistance.
411 N. Central Avenue, Suite 620
Glendale, CA 91203
Fax: (818) 543-4635
Westside Family Resource and Empowerment Center (WFREC)
The Westside Family Resource and Empowerment Center is dedicated to building a strong community that provides information, resources and support to parents, families, professionals and members of the community leading them to create successful partnerships that enhance the lives of infants, children, youth and adults with special needs.
Phone: (310) 258-4063