Amanda Bynes to spend rest of the year in mental health facility/Reuters
Amanda Bynes to spend rest of the year in mental health facility/Reuters

American actress Amanda Bynes is expected to spend an extended period in a mental health facility.

According to a report by celeb gossip website TMZ, the 27-year-old will be ordered to spend up to 60 days, following a judge's decision to accept doctors' recommendations in the matter.

The report also claims that control of the hold and subsequent guardianship will be transferred to Bynes' mother, who is already temporary conservator. The actress has remained in involuntary psychiatric hold following charge of arson in California last month.

There is, however, some confusion over Bynes' location and condition. Last week, a Jonathan Jaxson, claiming to be the actress' representative, issued a statement in which he said Bynes' condition was improving and that she was "cooperating with doctors and staff". According to Jaxson's comments, Bynes was being held at the UCLA Medical Center.

However, the following day, Tamar Arminak, the actress' legal counsel, denied any connection between her client and Jaxson. In her statement, she said Bynes was at the Hillmont Psychiatric Center.

Part of Arminak's statement, issued to E!Online, read: "Jonathan Jaxson does not represent the Bynes family or Amanda. We are not sure why he is commenting on Amanda's health care or representing himself as a publicist hired by her family. Amanda's family continues to be devoted to their daughter's well being."

TMZ's report, however, believes Bynes is being transferred from Hillmont to UCLA.

Meanwhile, the arson charges are only the latest in a long line of controversial moments for Amanda Bynes. The more notable of these are an arrest in New York City for suspected criminal possession of marijuana (and the suing of the New York Police Department for sexual harassment).