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First Thursdays at the Marin County Law Library
January 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmfree
First Thursdays at the Law Library: STAR Court
About this Event
Support and Treatment After Release (STAR) Court
Carol Farrer is a Deputy Public Defender in the Marin County Public Defender’s Office.
Ryan Dunnigan, PsyD, MBA, MA is the STAR Court Program Supervisor at Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.
STAR Court is a court-supervised program for defendants who have serious mental illnesses, which require medication, treatment and other services, and who choose to participate in STAR Court as an alternative to traditional supervised probation. The goal of STAR Court is to decrease the frequency of clients’ contacts with the criminal justice system by improving their social functioning skills and by linking them to employment, housing, regular treatment, and support services.
STAR Court works in collaboration with Marin County’s STAR Program, which is a full service partnership providing culturally competent, intensive, integrated services to mentally ill offenders. Clients typically must first be in the STAR Court before they become eligible to participate in the STAR Program.
The STAR Court Team includes a Judicial Officer, Probation Officer, Deputy District Attorney, Deputy Public Defender, STAR Program Supervisor, Forensic-Clinical Psychologist, Social Workers, Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Family Liaison, Marin County Sheriff Re-entry Team Deputy, Therapists, Peer Support Staff, and a Vocational Consultant.
Clients must sign an agreement to abide by the rules of STAR Court and the individual treatment plan developed by the STAR Court Team. Typical agreements require participants to attend regular court sessions; take prescribed medications faithfully; meet with a social worker regularly; lead law abiding lives; participate in treatment plans; and, comply with the STAR Court Team’s directives. When a participant graduates from STAR Court, he or she may have the underlying case reduced or dismissed and probation terminated.
STAR Court consists of 3 phases (typically 6-months per phase), each with a set of legal, housing, vocational, and treatment components. The program takes an average of 18 months to complete successfully. When participants successfully graduate from the STAR Court, they may have their misdemeanor-related case dismissed, jail sentences stayed and/or and probation terminated.
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