Specialized Treatment and Recovery Services (STARS)

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents with substance abuse issues involved with the child welfare system

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

STARS is operated by a local non-profit community-based organization that provides substance abuse treatment services through a contract with Sacramento County to serve families who have entered the County's Dependency Drug Court. STARS is designed to assist parents in entering and completing substance abuse treatment and other court requirements. Each parent who is referred to STARS is matched with a recovery specialist who assists the parent(s) in accessing substance abuse treatment services, develops a liaison role with Child Protective Services (CPS) and other professionals and provides monitoring and accountability for the parent(s) in complying with treatment requirements.

Program Goals:

The goals for Specialized Treatment and Recovery Services (STARS) are:

  • Increase reunification rates
  • Greater AOD treatment outcomes
  • Reduce recidivism

Contact Information

Nikki Nelson
Title: Program Manager
Agency/Affiliation: STARS Program
Phone: (916) 453-2704 x129

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2006