More than three months after she was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward following a bizarre incident in which she set a small fire on a stranger’s driveway, Amanda Bynes is making progress in her fight against mental illness.
Parents Lynn and Rick Bynes gave an update on their daughter’s condition on Monday in a statement released through their lawyer in which they confirmed Amanda, 27, has been moved to a different facility.
“Currently, upon recommendation by the skilled healthcare professionals at UCLA Medical Center, Amanda is receiving specialized treatment in a private facility outside of Los Angeles,” read the statement, according to US Magazine. “Amanda is making great strides towards recovery. The entire Bynes family would like to ask that they be given some measure of privacy so they can focus on Amanda’s health and well-being. The Bynes family would also like to thank all of Amanda’s supporters and well-wishers for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
TMZ reported that Bynes was recently moved from UCLA Medical Center to the Malibu, California, rehab center The Canyon. An unnamed source close to the star reportedly told the site, “Amanda was stuck with people in much worse condition than her. She was scared, afraid and did not leave her immediate room area.” Lawyer Tamar Arminak added, “She is getting specialized psych care, one-on-one treatment, not drug rehab.”
Lynn Bynes was granted a temporary conservatorship over Amanda following the hospitalization, allowing her to take control of the actresses’ personal and financial decisions. During a conservatorship hearing on Monday, the family announced that they would not be seeking a permanent conservatorship because Amanda has been under a Lanterman-Petris Short conservatorship hold while a patient at UCLA, which ensures that she will continue to get mental health care.
To date, no definitive diagnosis has been revealed for what ails Bynes, who was involved in a series of bizarre incidents before her commitment to the mental ward.
That LPS conservatorship, intended for people who are “gravely” disabled, reportedly gives doctors tighter control over Bynes than her parents would have if they kept their conservatorship.
Last week, TMZ reported that Bynes’ lawyer in a New York bong-throwing incident asked for an 18-month postponement of that case while his client undergoes psychiatric treatment. That report led to speculation that Bynes could be hospitalized until at least 2015.