Mischa Barton Pulls A Britney Spears, Under Involuntary Psychiatric Hold

Jul 17th, 2009

Looks like she's worse for wear. Mischa Barton has now found herself in an involuntary psychiatric hold by the Los Angeles Police Department. She was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center yesterday. Sound familiar? It's also called a 5150, something Britney Spears underwent during her peak of crazy days.

As we reported yesterday, authorities had responded to the Los Angeles home of the once star after receiving a non-911 call from her residence. A police car went to the scene and assisted Barton with a 'medical issue.'

Now a source claims she was placed under Section 5150 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code by police.

According to the code, authorities can hold a person involuntarily if they present a danger to themselves or others, are gravely disabled or suffer from a mental disorder. This same code was used to hold Britney Spears twice in Los Angeles in January 2008.

When asked about information related to the alleged involuntary hold, an LAPD spokesperson would not comment directly. However, the spokesperson did admit that if any person was held under a 5150, authorities would be prohibited from disclosing the information due to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) laws. (source)

So right now they have Barton held up for at least 72 hours. After that, she's free. A rep had also confirmed before yesterday that the actress would not be attending the New York world premiere of her film Homecoming. A homecoming for her would be sobriety and a better stylist. Get better before you hurt yourself. DRUGS ARE BAD!

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