Substance Abuse Treatment
and Recovery Program (STAR)

The STAR program provides relapse prevention education to parolees with substance use disorder treatment needs. STAR is designed to help parolees understand addiction and recovery as an ongoing process, not a singular event. STAR teachers work closely with students to help them identify their needs and develop a plan of action that will support post-release recovery activities. The curriculum addresses the following criminogenic needs:

  • Process of Addiction and Recovery
  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Stress and Anger Management
  • Communication
  • Self-help Groups
  • Job Skills
  • Employability

Click [ HERE ] for printable information on STAR.


Located in 17 parole offices statewide


20 days


Parolees should have an identified Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS) need. All parolees subject to the jurisdiction of the 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.