As vital members of the interdisciplinary team, the main focus for social workers is helping patients re-enter the community after discharge. Discharge planning begins with the first meeting of a patient’s interdisciplinary care team. Social workers arrange for the resources necessary for progress after hospitalization; this includes housing, access to therapeutic medication and continued treatment, and the necessary social supports. Social workers play a key role in mitigating future difficulties related to a patient’s condition by providing individual, family, and group counseling. They also provide other interventions to psychiatric hospital patients while assuming primary responsibility for discharge planning.