Local Partners


Bahamas Association For Social Health
Bahamas Association for Social Health (BASH) was founded on January 10th 1991. BASH facilitates an adult male residential substance dependency treatment and rehabilitation (T&R) program. BASH presently manages one of the largest drug rehabilitation facilities in The Bahamas. Mr. Terry Miller (Director) and his assistant Ms. Lowena West operate with a compliment of 4 staff members.  The treatment facility has capacity of 25 beds and serves as an employment agency, obtaining day labor work for its residents. For the past twenty four (24) years, BASH has operated a 34 bed, non faith based, drug treatment and rehabilitation facility, offering both residential and outpatient care.  Intervention strategies are based on cognitive behavioral therapy.  Methods utilized include a 12-step education program, ‘Narcotics Anonymous’, individual, group and family therapy as well as Relapse Therapy. The continuum of care provided include: pre-treatment, primary treatment, case management and continuing care.  In 2015, the program provided treatment and rehabilitation to 85 Bahamian males.  In January 2016, BASH will celebrate 25 years of existence. To commemorate the occasion, a slate of activities are planned to take place throughout the year.


Bahamas Department of Correctional Services

The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS), formerly Her Majesty’s Prisons, has been in existence in The Bahamas since the early days of the colony’s development. Presently, the facility comprises 7 correctional housing units including; Maximum, Medium, Minimum, Female Housing Units, Annex (Pre-release Dorm), Remand Center, and Central Intake.

Bahamas Department of Correctional Services Drug Challenge Program

Rehabilitation, Treatment and Substance Abuse Services


Bahamas National Drug Agency

The Bahamas National Drug Agency (BNDA) was formed in 1994, under the Ministry of Health, in order to streamline purchasing of medicines for public sector health facilities. After the formation of the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA), the BNDA resumed its functioning under the administrative oversight of the PHA as a “shared service” unit. This means that while the PHA has responsibility for the BNDA, the Agency provides services for all public sector pharmacies.

Under the PHA, the scope of the BNDA’s functions also expanded to include:

  • Supply management of pharmaceuticals & associated supplies, inclusive of  tendering exercises;
  • Development of policy and processes related to pharmacy management & pharmaceutical care;
  • Collaboration with institutional Pharmacy & Therapeutic committees;
  • Provision of training in various areas of pharmacy practice & supply management;
  • Processing of national (public & private) narcotic medication records; and
  • Provision of technical advice to the PHA relating to pharmacy matters.


Bahamas National Drug Council
The Bahamas National Drug Council (BNDC) was established in 1985 and its principal mandate has been advocacy for drug demand reduction. This task in-cooperates the promotion of healthy drug free lifestyles and the prevention of drug use in schools, workplaces and the community.  The National Drug Council has orchestrated a number of educational sessions with students, educators, work groups and community leaders on the devastating effects of drug abuse on the individual, family and society.  The Council facilitated weekly group drug therapy sessions at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre Detox Unit and The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS) Drug Programme.  Moreover, the Council has expanded to include schools, holding group sessions for at risk students at Columbus and Thelma Gibson Primary Schools and S.C. McPherson Junior High School demand reduction efforts.


Civil Society Bahamas

Civil Society Bahamas (CSB) was founded in 2002 and incorporated in 2005. It is a Bahamian incorporated organization having a membership consisting of individuals, non-governmental organizations and civil society institutions that seek to manifest the interests and will of Bahamian citizens. CSB is a non-partisan, non-governmental, civil society organization which focuses on the betterment of individuals through improvement of their general social, economic, spiritual and mental welfare. This objective of betterment for Bahamians is further supported through alliances with international organizations such as The Organization of American States (OAS), International Labor Organization (ILO), United Nations (UN), Inter-American Bank (IDB) / IDB ConSoc Bahamas and others.


Department of Social Services

The Department of Social Services is a governmental agency which is responsible for Child Protection, Child Care Facilities and Child Placement and provides services to children under the age of 18 who have been subjected to any forms of abuse, including physical, verbal, emotional or sexual, and who have been abandoned. The Department of Social services also provides community support, which includes various types of assistance, various outreach centres; and Disability Affairs Division, which identifies and coordinates services available to persons with disabilities throughout the commonwealth.

As demand reduction stakeholder, the Department of Social Services will be engaged in partnerships with BDOCS assist former drug abusers in probation and parole exercises, and where possible, to offer or arrange half-way house accommodation and other services for them, with a view to reducing recidivism both of drug abuse and return to BDCOS.


Financial Intelligence Unit

The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) was formed in December, 2000 under the Financial Intelligence Unit Act, 2000.  This Act outlines the functions and powers of the agency.  The FIU is the national centre responsible for receiving, analyzing, obtaining, and disseminating information which relates to the proceeds of crime offences under the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Terrorism Acts of The Bahamas.  The FIU is also the body responsible for co-operation between FIU’s in other countries.  In June 2001, the FIU became the 54th member of Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units.   Mr. Reuben S. Smith Q.P.M, RVM who heads the FIU was appointed Director in June 2013. 

Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs) are one of the main weapons in the fight against money laundering and other financial crimes that the Royal Bahamas Police Force uses to initiate money laundering investigations.  According to the most recent figures, the FIU received a total of 297 STRs in 2015 from financial institutions in The Bahamas, inclusive of company service providers, credit unions, domestic banks, offshore banks, attorney-at-law, trust companies, stock brokers, fund managers and real estate agents for analysis.  The 297 STRs received in 2015 represented a 44.87% increase in STRs received over the same period in 2014.  A total of 21 STRs were subsequently forwarded by the FIU to the Commissioner of Police for investigation.

During the same period, a number of requests for assistance with financial investigations were received from the Royal Bahamas Police Force, as well as from foreign financial intelligence units. The FIU provided invaluable assistance to these agencies in the continuous fight against criminal conduct, inclusive of money laundering and terrorist financing.


Great Commission Ministries

Great Commission Ministries International (GCMI) is a non-profit, non-government organization, which was founded in Nassau, Bahamas in 1987. GCMI operates shelters for homeless persons, feeding centers, food banks, orphanages and a drug rehabilitation program. Great Commission Ministries was founded by its president Rev. Walter S. Hanchell and is managed by a board of directors. This program has 32 full-time staff members who are assisted by a number of dedicated volunteers who help with day to day operations.

Great Commission Ministries, in 2015 through its affiliate program, Hope House Restoration & Substance Abuse Program offered treatment and rehabilitation services to 51 Bahamian males, ranging in age categories, 30 to 50. Hope House Restoration & Substance Abuse Program is a 12 month, Bible-based rehabilitation program for men challenge with substance abuse, designed to bring about healing, reconciliation and restoration to persons affected by drug or alcohol abuse. The program has been operational for 28 years and since this time hundreds of Bahamian males have benefited from individual, group and family therapy, personal development, anger management and conflict resolution classes.


Ministry of Education, Science & Technology
With the assistance of the Ministry of Education, NADS endears to provide a drug education curriculum will in schools with the intention of this curriculum an integral part of every government school’s core curriculum. As demand reduction stakeholder, the Ministry Of Education assists many student related drug demand reduction activates such as International day against Illicit Drug Trafficking and Drug Addiction and Drug Free Schools Day


Ministry of Youth
Like the Ministry of Education, as demand reduction stakeholder the Ministry of Youth assists many student related drug demand reduction activates such as International day against Illicit Drug Trafficking and Drug Addiction and Drug Free Schools Day. Additionally, through this partnership, social programs, community engagement, youth program in areas including sports, culture, skills training and community services are provided to the public in efforts promote healthy drug-free lifestyles.


Nassau Container Port
Nassau Container Port is a strategically located container and cargo port facility, shipping regionally and globally. The 56-acre port facility is located on Arawak Cay. The Port provides facilities for both domestic and international bulk, break bulk, container and project cargo clients.


National L.E.A.D Institute
The National L.E.A.D. Institute was founded in The Bahamas in 2009 by CEO Mr. Troy Clarke. The L.E.A.D. is a community based correctional program created to treat at risk juveniles and adults. The program provides life management training and substance use disorders treatment using Moral Recognition Therapy based on the Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Program. The National L.E.A.D. Institute manages three substance use disorders programs which include: The Eagles Academy, Project Re-entry and the Life Management Male Empowerment Program (LMMEP) for juveniles on remand at the prison. The National L.E.A.D Institute provides treatment for individuals with substance use disorders and in 2015,  40 participants inclusive of those recommended by the drug court take part in their program. Additionally, the National L.E.A.D. Institute facilitated the training of 60 criminal justice professionals.


Office of the Attorney General & Ministry of Legal Affairs

Vision Statement

To be the pre-eminent law chambers of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Mission Statement

To promote justice in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas through the delivery of comprehensive and efficient legal services to the government.

Areas of Responsibility

The Ministry of Legal Affairs and the Attorney General is primarily responsible for:

  • providing timely legal advice to the government and statutory bodies.
  • providing the most efficient and effective legal representation for the government in national and international matters.
  • drafting legislation.
  • promoting access to justice for all and transparency in the legal system.


Royal Bahamas Defence Force   

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) is primarily an armed service whose role also encompasses aspects of the Coast Guard, including disaster relief.  The organization is mandated to defend the Commonwealth of The Bahamas against traditional and asymmetrical threats to national security.  In its role as a lead agency in Supply Reduction of illicit trafficking of drugs and precursors chemicals, the Force continues to guard and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Bahamas from transnational crime of all kinds. This includes arms trafficking, human trafficking, and migrant smuggling, combating those who are intent on plundering our reliable fisheries resources. During the year 2015 the RBDF was involved in 4 major drug seizures in partnership with other law enforcement agencies.  On Sunday 5th April RBDF Marines and Park Wardens stationed at the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park (ECLAS) were on routine patrol and discovered several bags of suspected marijuana.

In the second incident on Saturday 19th September, 2015 a team consisting of RBDF Marine and DEU Officers on an OPBAT Operation detected a field in Abaco and uprooted a total of 450 suspected marijuana plants 4-5 ft in height.  Thirdly, on Monday 5th October, 2015   one kilo of suspected cocaine was found in Matthew Town, Inagua.  Finally, in the fourth incident on Saturday 24th October, 2015 Intelligence Officers consisting of Police and Defence Force Marines intercepted a 30ft white Midnight Express Go-fast boat in the area Grassy Creek, South Andros. The Total weight of seizure of illegal drugs was estimated to be 1,983 lbs of marijuana, with a street value of two million dollars.  All of the contrabands were handed over to the Drug Enforcement Unit.


Royal Bahamas Police Force

Drug Enforcement Unit

During the early 1980’s the effect of drug trafficking and domestic drug abuse was clearly visible on the streets of The Bahamas. The use of illegal drugs became a growing social concern. Some of the main social negative impact included strain on public health, increased in violent crimes and premature deaths among youths.  Additionally, traffickers and street level dealers operated with little regard for the law. 

These negative social ills and publicities became a great concern to The Government of the Bahamas as it had enormous potential to impact our social, economic and international relations. The Royal Bahamas Police Force was faced with the challenge of restoring The Bahamas good name and credibility. This warranted the need for an organized enforcement unit to bring focus to this escalating problem, thus the birth of the Drug Enforcement Unit in 1988.

To date the Drug Enforcement unit continues to make significant positive contributions to both the demand and supply chain.  The unit has formed social and law enforcement partnerships with key stake holders such as the National Anti-Drug Secretariat, Bahamas National Drug Council, schools, civic groups and a strong alliance with Operation Bahamas, America and Turks and Caicos (OPBAT). Many times, officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit have assisted in the arrest of other serious criminals such as murder suspects, firearms traffickers, arm robbers, and escaped felons.

Marine Support Services Branch

The Marine Support Services Branch (MSSB) of the Royal Bahamas Police Force was formed in 1971 with the acquisition of four 60 foot Mark I Keith Nelson type vessels named Acklins, Andros, San Salvador and Eleuthera.  The Unit was tasked with eradicating the escalated 1960s flow of narcotics and illegal immigrants into Bahamian territory.  Evolving from the Police Marine Division was the Police Marine Support Services Branch located on a compound known as the Old Lighthouse Depot, on East Bay Street in Nassau. During 2015, the MSSB was successful in the execution of four major drug interdictions on the high seas which resulted in the seizures 4,573.lbs pounds of suspected marijuana, 4 ‘go–fast’ vessels and the arrest of 10 suspects who were subsequently charged for drug related offences. 


Sandilands Rehabilitation Center
Sandilands Rehabilitation Center (SRC) provides psychiatric, geriatric and substance abuse services. It is The Bahamas’ national drug treatment facility and is located in New Providence on Fox Hill Road.  SRC has a staff complement of 850 and is comprised primarily of two (2) hospitals, the Geriatric Hospital which cares for the elderly and the Sandilands Hospital which cares for children, adolescents and adult clients.  SRC has two (2) Substance Abuse Units, namely Detoxification (Detox) and Lignum Vitae Unit.


Teen Challenge Bahamas
Teen Challenge Bahamas was established in 1988 and began as an outreach program for substance abuse for adults and at risk juveniles.  Since its inception, it has grown to a multifaceted substance abuse intervention program providing drug treatment in a residential therapeutic environment.  Residents of the program are recommended through the local court system, the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services and the Ministry of Education. The program is presently managed by Mr. Eric Fox, program CEO.  Recently, Teen Challenge also received an endorsement from Magistrate Subusola Swain attesting to the effectiveness of the program. Over the past 20 years, Teen Challenge Bahamas has opened its doors to men and at risk youths suffering from addictions and treated them using a one-year mentoring program that uses spiritual, emotional, educational and vocational training to help break the hold of addiction. In 2015, a total of 391 persons participated in the comprehensive drug prevention/treatment program.  In 2016, Teen Challenge looks forward to partnering with the Urban Renewal Program in training community workers in drug preventive initiatives.


University of The Bahamas
The University of The Bahamas was newly chartered on 10th November 2016. We are a student-centered institution and we seek to improve the lives of students, not only through our teaching in the classroom, but also through a campus life experience that is growing and thriving. As a demand reduction stakeholder, UB endears to provide a safe learning environment for all students free from the harmful impact of drugs.

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