Heather Locklear Completes Court-Ordered Rehab Treatment After Avoiding Jail Time for 2018 Arrests
After pleading no contest to eight misdemeanor counts in August, Locklear was ordered to 30 days in a residential mental health facility
Heather Locklear has completed her mandatory rehab treatment, PEOPLE confirms.
The Melrose Place actress, who plead no contest in August following two arrests and was ordered to spend 30 days in a residential mental health facility, was officially discharged from rehab on Sept. 20, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.
Locklear, 58, initially entered the facility on Aug. 20 but since completing the 30-day program, she has been involved with a structured out-patient care plan, the documents state.
Also included in the court papers was an Oct. 8 letter from Locklear’s treatment provider that her attorney William Haney had forwarded stating that the actress has been “committed to therapy” and “compliant and participatory, as well as actively engaged.”
The treatment provider vowed in the letter to give updates on Locklear’s progress every 9 to 120 days, or as directed by the court.
Haney did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
While her treatment provider praised the star’s commitment to rehab, a source close to the situation fears that she’s not being held accountable.
“She’s got such great legal representation… so the result is, she isn’t being held accountable,” the source tells PEOPLE.
“It [could be] back to the same square she was on before. Who knows but her daughter and her are getting along great.”
2018 was a particularly difficult year for the actress, who was taken into custody twice.
In late February 2018, Locklear was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic battery, resisting and obstructing a police officer or EMT and multiple counts of battery on a police officer and emergency personnel. Police later searched her home for a firearm that was allegedly registered in her name but did not find anything.
After being accused of hitting her boyfriend, Locklear was charged with domestic abuse — but those charges were dropped in March.
That April, Locklear’s attorneys, Haney and Blair Berk, appeared in court to plead not guilty on eight charges — six counts of misdemeanor battery on a police officer and two charges of resisting or obstructing a police officer — on behalf of the actress.
Months later, Locklear was arrested in June 2018 after she allegedly attacked the police officer and EMT who responded to a disturbance call at her residence. Police told PEOPLE that Locklear was “extremely intoxicated” and “arguing with friends and family” when they arrived.
She was later charged with one count of battery on a police officer, one count of battery on an EMT, and one count of resisting, obstructing or delaying a police officer. She pleaded not guilty and was due back in court in Ventura County on June 14. In late July, Ventura County Star reported that her pretrial hearing had been postponed until Aug. 16 following a hearing.
During the Aug. 16 hearing, Locklear pleaded no contest to eight misdemeanor counts: five counts of battery on a peace officer, one count of battery on an emergency medical personnel, and two counts of resisting, obstructing, or delaying a peace officer.
In order to avoid 120 days of jail time, Locklear was ordered to enroll in a mandatory 30-day treatment at a residential mental health facility by Sept. 6.
This isn’t the first time that Locklear, who has struggled with mental health and addiction issues, has checked into treatment.
In mid-May, Locklear had returned to rehab and was living in an in-patient facility, a source confirmed to PEOPLE.
“She went back to rehab two weeks ago. She went back to the place she left before Christmas. She had left for three days right before Christmas and never gone back,” the source said. “Heather’s problem is she doesn’t get serious about anything,” said the source. “She was continuing to drink.”
According to the source, Locklear’s ongoing battle with substance abuse was taking a toll on her family — including 21-year-old daughter Ava, whom she shares with ex Richie Sambora.
“Her issue is alcohol, pills, and her mental health. She doesn’t want anybody to hold her accountable. She has no job, nothing to keep her accountable. This has been tearing up her family. It’s been an ongoing issue for many many years. It has been horrible for Ava,” the source said.
In recent months, however, Locklear has appeared to be on the mend. She was spotted out and about in Los Angeles in June, where she was all smiles and seemed to be in good spirits as she headed to meet a girlfriend for lunch.