Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery Program (STAR)

The goal of the STAR program is to provide relapse prevention education to parolees with substance use disorder treatment needs. The 20-day education based program is taught by California certified teachers from the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) and utilizes the Deciding, Evaluating, Understanding, Counseling, Education (D.E.U.C.E.) curriculum model. The curriculum addresses the following criminogenic need interventions:

  • Substance use disorder treatment and relapse prevention
  • Pro-social thinking and communication
  • Self-management skills
  • Community transition planning
  • Pro-social supports/developing health relationships

Click [ HERE ] for printable information on STAR.


Located in 17 parole offices statewide


20 days


All parolees subject to the jurisdiction of Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) are eligible to participate.


Referral by parolee’s Agent of Record (AOR) via a CDCR form 1502, Activity Report.

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Rehabilitative programs are the best way for an offender to be prepared for success upon release. The link below explains this process with an easy-to-follow diagram

See Rehabilitative Process

See Technology Solutions for more information.

Technology has opened the door to more educational opportunities while simultaneously reducing government spending. Below is a list of technology initiatives at CDCR.