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Saginaw County 70th District Structured Treatment And Recovery (STAR) Program

The Ten Key Components

Saginaw County’s Structured Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Program is required by statute to comply with “The Ten Key Components” as outlined by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. See MCL 600.1060. The components are:

  1. Integration of alcohol and other drug treatment services with justice system case processing.
  2. Use of a non-adversarial approach by prosecution and defense that promotes public safety while protecting any participant's due process rights.
  3. Identification of eligible participants early with prompt placement in the program.
  4. Access to a continuum of alcohol, drug, and other related treatment and rehabilitation services.
  5. Monitoring of participants effectively by frequent alcohol and other drug testing to ensure abstinence from drugs or alcohol.
  6. Use of a coordinated strategy with a regimen of graduated sanctions and rewards to govern the court's responses to participants' compliance.
  7. Ongoing close judicial interaction with each participant and supervision of progress for each participant.
  8. Monitoring and evaluation of the achievement of program goals and the program's effectiveness.
  9. Continued interdisciplinary education in order to promote effective drug court planning, implementation, and operation.
  10. The forging of partnerships among other recovery courts, public agencies, and community-based organizations to generate local support.
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