Amanda Bynes may remain in a mental health facility well into 2014, according to TMZ.
Bynes' lawyer Gerald Shargel appeared in a New York City courtroom Thursday in connection with an incident in which Bynes allegedly threw a bong out the window of her New York apartment.
Shargel asked for a postponement for up to 18 months while Bynes continues psychiatric treatment.
Sources reportedly told the website the case will likely be settled through a plea bargain.
Bynes' mother has dropped her bid to get a permanent conservatorship over her daughter, as Bynes' doctors have already given her the power to make financial and medical decisions for the actress.
Bynes has been admitted to long-term