Amanda Bynes has been moved to a private rehab and psychiatric facility in Malibu to treat her personality disorder it's being reported today. Amanda was said to be afraid at the UCLA Hospital, and was moved about three weeks ago due to the new facility's peaceful atmosphere, according to the Daily News on Sept. 30. Bynes will still likely stay there through at least the end of the year as she makes slow progress.
Amanda Bynes, 27, was scared at UCLA's famed psychiatric center and was moved to The Canyon, a secluded 120-acre private ranch that treats addiction and psychiatric disorders, a source said. There she can ride horses and even take yoga classes.
Amanda is not being treated for addiction rehab there though, but rather for specialized psychological help. Another reason for the move was because of the alternative treatments at The Canyon.
The quiet and expansive facility offers such amenities as yoga classes, organic meals, a saltwater pool, equine therapy and as well as a therapeutic sweat lodge, according to its website.
Some media outlets took swipes at Amanda's being moved to a ritzy facility that caters to celebrities. But her parents spoke out to TMZ Monday defending the move, saying it's just what she needs and her doctors approve.
Bynes is no longer wearing her wigs, but is still extremely paranoid about the paparazzi. Tamar Arminak, lawyer for Amanda's parents, said the move was on the advice of doctors at UCLA Medical Center.
Bynes' mother Lynn is now calling all the shots for her daughter under an involuntary mental health conservatorship requested by Amanda's doctors and mandated by state law.
The so-called LPS conservatorship carries more weight than a typical probate court one, since it allows doctors to force patients to take medication and remain in a locked facility.
"Amanda is making great strides towards recovery", said a family statement, which went on to ask for privacy and thank supporters at this difficult time.
Though The Canyon is best known as an addiction recovery center, it works closely with collaborating doctors and can lock doors and force the administration of medications under LPS orders, the source said.
Amanda has been in intensive psychological treatment since she started a gasoline fire in a stranger's driveway near her parents' home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., in July. She stripped off her burning pants and appeared gravely disoriented, a witness told The News at that time.
Another source said the actress' progress has been very slow, and Bynes is expected to remain in treatment, most likely at the Malibu facility, at least through the end of the year.