According to Ritter & Lampkin (2012), discharge planning is a comprehensive process that involves transition of mentally ill patients from hospital to community based practices. The practice is an ongoing and individualized process that is aimed at meeting the needs of the patients that were assessed during their inpatient period. Discharge planning is considered as part of continuum that was initiated immediately the patient was admitted in the hospital. The discharge process is a complex process and it requires various components such as information exchange and mental health management structures.
This essay will discuss discharge planning, transition and community follow up mechanisms are discussed. Based on the provided case study, various issues of concern as far as mental health patients are concerned will be elaborated.   Responses, such as the initiation of collaborative mechanism as well as acquisition of valuable information to aid in successful transition into the community will be outlined. Before providing a decisive conclusion, the paper will justify the recommended transitions guidelines.  
Discharge Planning Principles
For effective discharge of mental ill persons, various steps must be followed to ensure that entire process is successful. According to Lennard (2014), discharge planning should begin right from the time the patient was admitted in the hospital.   In addition, the process should involve not only the nurses and the doctors, but also the community and the family members an approach that Ritter & Lampkin (2012) refer to as multidisciplinary approach. In the Margaret’s case, different levels of perspective must involve in preparing for a discharge plan.
According to Ritter & Lampkin (2012), discharge planning is a formal process that should continue even after leaving the hospital. The process involves different planning processes such as initial treatment, comprehensive planning, discharge planning, and post discharge...