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Outpatient Treatment Program Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much does it cost to attend your program? 

STAR Council is a private non-profit organization funded by the assistance of several agencies. The treatment program has contracts with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to provide outpatient treatment services. DSHS will help cover the cost of the client’s treatment if the client meets financial eligibility as defined by the state. 

STAR Council also accepts Medicaid and most of the private insurances. If a person has private insurance, out of pocket cost for services will depend on their individual plans. 

STAR Council also accepts self payment for those who do not meet income guidelines or do not have other health insurance. 

2. What is involved in the treatment program?


The treatment program is a structured and individualized program designed to address all aspects of a person’s life. The process begins with a screening and assessment to determine the best course of action for each individual. The program involves individual and group counseling sessions, individualized treatment planning, relapse prevention, discharge planning, and urine analysis drug testing. 


3. How long is the program? 


The length of stay in the program varies by each individual based on their individual treatment plan. The typical length of stay is at least 10-12 weeks. 

4. How long are the group sessions? 


Group sessions meet for 2.5 hours per day for 3 days per week, Monday-Wednesday. The number of group sessions an individual attends is based on their individual treatment plan. 

5. Do you use a curriculum? 


Yes. STAR Council utilizes a variety of evidenced based substance abuse education curricula. 

6. Do you provide parenting classes? 

Yes. If an individual is admitted into the program, they receive group education and counseling using an evidenced based parenting curriculum. The curriculum is designed specifically for those individuals with a drug or alcohol addiction. A certificate of completion for parenting is provided upon successful completion of the group sessions. 

7. Can anyone attend the parenting class? 

No. Due to confidentiality of the individual clients admitted to the program, persons not admitted as a client in the program cannot attend the parenting classes. We refer these individuals to other local agencies that provide parenting classes. 

8. What topics are discussed in group sessions? 

The curriculum addresses all areas of an individual’s life. Topics include: Anger and communication; coping with triggers, asking for help, relapse prevention, honesty, educational and vocational goals, setting boundaries, respecting your time, physical wellness, stress management, social relationships, community resources, spirituality, self care, reproductive health care education, HIV/STD education. 

9. How often are urine analysis tests given? 

Clients are usually given a UA test at intake. Random UAs are given throughout the duration of the program. 

10. How do I get started with the program? 

A link to the registration form is found on the website. You can also call the office at 1-800-375-1395 to request information or email:


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