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STAR DRUG COURT PROGRAM
Community Supervision and Corrections Department
49 San Jacinto, Fourth Floor
Houston, Texas 77002
832/927-4323

STAR COURT ADMINISTRATION

KEITH LILES, BA, LCDC, ADC III, ICADC, NCAC II
Program Manager and Clinical Director
TRACY McMURTY
Peer Recovery Specialist

STAR Community Supervision Officers:
JESSICA LOPEZ
EDWARD MURRAY
LAURA ARCHER
MARKISHA BRINSON

SPECIALTY COURT ADMINISTRATION:

TRINA WILLIS
Specialty Services Manager
KEAYON ADAMS
Specialty Court Supervisor



The Success Through Addiction Recovery (STAR) program bridges the gap between criminal justice and therapeutic approaches to defendants with drug dependencies. STAR treats non-violent, repeat drug offenders to reduce the costs of continuing drug abuse and possible future crimes.


STAR
’s four dockets serve the needs of over 160 clients annually. Hon. Judge Josh Hill presides over the Monday docket, Hon. Judge Kelli Johnson presides over the Tuesday Docket, Hon. Judge Hazel Jones presides over the Wednesday docket and Hon. Judge Danny Lacayo presides over the Thursday docket.

 

Defendants receive innovative and intensive individualized supervision by the court team and treatment providers. The client, case manager and treatment provider may implement rehabilitative treatment facilities, social services, health care providers, and other programs when creating and updating an individual treatment plan. STAR employs a graduated system of incentives and sanctions to reward and re-direct client behavior. The program encourages participants to attain education and employment goals by offering seminars, GED tutoring, and employment specialists. Each client’s goals are discussed and monitored to ensure success in both completing the program and conquering the addiction.

STAR consists of a four-phase intensive, highly structured treatment program, followed by up to a 12-month aftercare program. During all phases, participants attend support meetings of their choice, participate in group and individual treatment and counseling programs, submit to random drug testing, and appear frequently before their judge.


Depending on the specific needs of the client, case managers refer clients to additional counseling sessions  to assist in resolving the underlying issues of their dependency. Many providers offer gender-specific workshops including anger management, domestic violence, parenting, and programs that promote the overall health and welfare of the clients.
Specific needs are met through referrals to mental health and health services, family counseling through family groups and strengthening families, housing and transportation assistance.

Graduates have their cases disposed of on a case-by-case basis by the STAR program judges. All graduates have at least six months of sobriety and must be either employed or a full-time student. Graduates participate in a STAR alumni group that meets twice monthly to discuss long-term recovery goals and innovative ways to aid current participants.


STAR utilizes in-house residential and intensive outpatient services that are part of CSCD.  In certain cases, we do reach out to community residential programs and also contract with several local transitional living facilities to provide a true continuum of care.   

Simply put, Drug Court programs are more cost effective than traditional incarcerations by reducing recidivism.  Further, Drug Courts save money by preventing future arrests and incarcerations
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