Amanda making ‘great strides’

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes’ parents say her rehab move has helped her get a step closer to recovery.

Through their lawyer Tamar Arminak, Rick and Lynn Bynes have released a statement regarding Amanda’s treatment.

They say her move from the UCLA Medical Center to a rehabilitation facility, reportedly The Canyon in Malibu, was on the advice of doctors.

“Currently, upon recommendation by the skilled healthcare professionals at UCLA Medical Center, Amanda is receiving specialised treatment in a private facility outside of Los Angeles. Amanda is making great strides towards recovery.

“The entire Bynes family would like to ask that they be given some measure of privacy so they can focus on Amanda’s health and well-being. The Bynes family would also like to thank all of Amanda’s supporters and well-wishers for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” they said.

TMZ earlier reported that Amanda was actually moved to the rehab center three weeks ago.

Friends close to the troubled star – who is rumored to be receiving treatment for schizophrenia -say the move is a positive one, and she’ll now experience more freedom.

“Amanda was stuck with people in much worse condition than her. She was scared, afraid and did not leave her immediate room area.

“She is getting specialised psych care, one on one treatment, not drug rehab,” a source told TMZ.

Amanda has been under psychiatric care since July after starting a fire in a residential driveway in Thousand Oaks, California.

Prior to the incident that actress had made headlines when she reportedly threw a bong out of the window of a New York City apartment and had been involved with various Twitter spats, including one with Rihanna.

She was also arrested for a DUI charge in 2012, which last week her attorney claimed she wasn’t mentally fit to stand trial for.

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