Joni Mitchell's Friend Leslie Morris Appointed Temporary Conservator

Leslie Morris will "provide for temporary care, maintenance and support" of Mitchell

Joni Mitchell in 2014. Photo: Getty

Joni Mitchell’s longtime friend Leslie Morris was appointed the recovering singer‘s conservator after a hearing on Monday, PEOPLE confirms.

According to court documents, a temporary conservator had to be named to “provide for temporary care, maintenance and support” of Mitchell, 71, but the appointment does not authorize Morris to “take possession of money or any other property without a specific court order.” The order will stand until July 8.

The Los Angeles Superior Court judge made the appointment after attorney Alan Watenmaker said that although Mitchell could be released from the hospital soon, she is still unable to make decisions about her own medical care or long-term treatment, the Associated Press reports.

Rebecca Thyne, Mitchell’s court-appointed attorney, agreed with this assessment.

“I believe that it is very necessary,” Thyne reportedly told the judge of Morris’ subsequent appointment.

Mitchell was rushed to the hospital on March 30 after being found unconscious in her home. Her team has since posted several updates about the eight-time Grammy winner’s recovery. Most recently, a statement posted on her website on April 28 stated that “a full recovery is expected.”

The Canadian singer has previously spoken out about her struggle with Morgellons disease, a skin condition that has long confused the medical community and causes its victims to feel crawling sensations under the skin.

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