Maria Garcia

Maria Garcia started working for Disability Rights California in 2007, first as Assistant Patients’ Rights Advocate with the California Office of Patients’ Rights. COPR ensures that the legal rights of people receiving mental health care and treatment are maintained in state hospitals through direct advocacy.

Maria has lived experience with mental health. While working for COPR she learned to advocate for herself and for clients in state hospitals. In 2020, she joined the Peer Self-Advocacy program as coordinator. She currently teaches peers self-advocacy tools and skills so they can advocate for their rights and the services they need in locked facilities and other settings. Her passion is learning and teaching to empower others.