You can sense it might be coming.
After doing so well for the past year, Amanda Bynes behavior seemed to be deteriorating after her parent’s 1 year conservatorship ended in September:
It was this last episode that lead her distraught parents, Lynn and Rick Bynes, and their attorney to hatch a plan to bring Amanda back to California for an involuntary hold. Using Brittany Spear‘s friend Sam Lufti to orchestrate Amanda’s flight to LA. Thinking she was to going to see a lawyer in order to sue her parents, Bynes was instead taken to a psychiatric facility where she was placed a 5150 psychiatric hold (see below). The 72-hour hold was extended to two weeks, and doctors are now seeking a LPS hold. This is different than the conservatorship that her parents had in that doctors would be able to keep her confined and medicated for up to one year.
Amanda’s behavior is similar to the behavior she was exhibiting over a year ago when she first had to be hospitalized.
In California, there are a number of laws which deal with the involuntary civil commitment to a mental health institution:
A 5150 psychiatric hold, commonly known as a “72 hour hold”, allows for a “period of 72 hours for persons alleged to meet the legal criteria of being a danger to self or others or gravely disabled due to a mental disorder.”
A 5250 hold, commonly known as a “14 day hold,” allows an additional 14 days for evaluation and treatment.
An LPS hold is based on the Lanterman–Petris–Short Act ( the California legislators who wrote the California Mental Health Act of 1967). The Act went into full effect on July 1, 1972, citing seven articles of intent:
An LPS conservatorship gives legal authority to one adult (called a conservator) to make certain decisions for a seriously mentally ill person (called a conservatee) who is unable to take care of him/ herself.
If asked, the Court can give LPS conservator the duty to take care of and protect the seriously mentally ill person (conservator of the person) and also the power to handle the financial matters of the seriously mentally ill person (conservator of the estate). The conservator can give consent to mental health treatment, even if the conservatee objects. S/he can legally agree to the use of psychotropic (mind-altering) drugs (but the conservatee may physically refuse to take them).
Also, the conservator can agree to place the mentally ill person in a locked facility if a psychiatrist says it is needed and the hospital agrees to take the person, whether or not the conservatee agrees. The conservator can also decide where the mentally ill person will live when s/he is not in a locked psychiatric facility.
An LPS conservatorship only lasts one year. Renewal is possible, but a new petition is required at least 2-3 months before the current conservatorship expires.
The most common illnesses are serious, biological brain disorders, like:
Source: Superior Court of California