Amanda Bynes Could Be Subject to Involuntary Hold For Up to One Year
In an alarming story that continues to unfold, it looks like Amanda Bynes may be subject to another conservatorship -- this time under the control of her doctors.
Although the former Nickelodeon star's current stay at the Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, Calif., has already been extended by another 14 days, her doctors are seeking a new order that would allow them to hold her involuntarily for up to one year.
While Amanda has been placed under conservatorship before, it was under the guise of her parents, not health professionals. According to sources at TMZ, her doctors are seeking an LPS Hold, which would prove to be far more extreme than her prior committal. The order would allow not only for Amanda's involuntary placement in a hospital or mental health facility, but it would also permit her doctors to administer medication without her consent.
An LPS hold must be granted by a judge and will only be given if Amanda is considered 'gravely disabled as a result of a mental disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism.' She was placed under a 5150 psychiatric hold last year -- after starting a fire in her neighbor's driveway and accidentally dousing her dog in gasoline -- but that hold has since expired.
The 28-year-old continues to make headlines due to her increasingly erratic behavior. She most recently tweeted allegations of sexual abuse, claiming her father was 'physically and verbally' abusive toward her. She later recanted these statements, saying a microchip in her brain forced her to say them.