Decision nears on Amanda Bynes’ treatment; brain ‘microchip’ tweet is key

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Doctors must decide if they want Bynes kept on an involuntary psychiatric hold

An administrative referee would hold a hearing at the mental hospital this week

Bynes claims her father had a microchip implanted in her brain

The actress was admitted to a California hospital Friday

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Actress Amanda Bynes appeared to tweet Tuesday that she’s been diagnosed as bipolar and is on medication, but it wasn’t long before that admission became less clear.

Bynes, 28, was admitted to a Pasadena, California, facility on an involuntary emergency psychiatric hold Friday, but a probable cause hearing must be held this week if her doctors want to keep her there.

Her admission to Las Encinas Hospital came hours after Bynes posted a series of tweets alleging her father verbally, physically and sexually abused her. However, she disavowed responsibility for the accusations in a tweet a short time later: “My dad never did any of those things The microchip in my brain made me say those things but he’s the one that ordered them to microchip me.”

Bynes then boarded a flight from New York to Los Angeles, where she told reporters at the airport that she was there to file a lawsuit against her parents.

While she was told that a limo driver was taking her to a lawyer’s office in Pasadena before going to a West Hollywood hotel, she was instead driven to the hospital – which resembles an office park – where her parents’ lawyer was waiting for her.

Later, a conservatorship hearing was held in which case a judge ruled that her parents will have control over her cash.

If the psychiatrists at Las Encinas Hospital decide to extend Bynes’ involuntary treatment beyond the initial 72 hours allowed for evaluation under California’s “5150” law, they must convince a mental health referee that she is “a danger to self, to others or is gravely disabled,” Lieberman said.

There does not have to be any expressed desire to kill herself, but the doctors need to show evidence that her behavior was so dangerous that it “presented a risk to herself, if not others,” Lieberman said.

One reason for keeping psychiatric patients on an involuntary hold is if they are “having auditory hallucinations” or they are “responding to internal stimuli,” according to guidelines on the Los Angeles County Superior Court website.

Unless Bynes volunteers to stay in treatment, the doctors must make their case, according to attorney Wendy Patrick. “They can’t just make up evidence. It has to be true and observable. The hearing is not just a rubber stamp.”

The ups and downs of Amanda Bynes

Her tweet about a microchip forcing her to write negative things about her father would not be the only potential evidence, based on her very public history of odd behavior and several criminal charges.

Bynes was arrested on a DUI charge in Sherman Oaks, California, in September. Her arrest report noted a “disheveled appearance.”

Her last several days in New York included an incident at a clothing store in which security officers accused her of shoplifting. She was let go after signing a “no-trespass agreement,” TMZ reported.

Bynes was charged with a hit-and-run in 2012, hospitalized for treatment last year after a psychological evaluation and put on probation after a DUI this year.

And she was arrested after allegedly tossing drug paraphernalia out of the window of her New York apartment in May 2013.

This is the second time Bynes has been placed under an involuntary psychiatric hold. The previous instance came in July 2013 after she was “involved in a disturbance in a residential neighborhood” in Thousand Oaks, California. She eventually entered an inpatient psychiatric facility and was later released into her parents’ custody.

In September: Amanda Bynes arrested on DUI charge

The latest episodes of odd behavior come a year after her parents told CNN their daughter was “making great strides towards recovery” from mental illness.

She enrolled into the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles at the start of 2014, but she dropped out in the summer.

Bynes’ parents will not be allowed to attend the administrative hearing, which would be held at the hospital, unless their daughter invites them, according to court guidelines. They have not publicly indicated if they will ask a judge to give them legal control of their daughter under a conservatorship.

Lieberman said if Bynes is returned to a conservatorship under her parents, as was done last year, they need to work with a psychiatrist to “work out the family dysfunction.”

People magazine reported in 2012 that Bynes tried to emancipate herself while still a minor, though she never moved out entirely.

CNN’s Todd Leopold contributed to this report.