EMSH Employee Charged, Indicted

Attorney general Jim Hood announced that a Quitman resident faces a felony abuse charge involving a vulnerable adult.

51-year-old James Pete Moss, of 443 County Road, was arrested Thursday morning by investigators with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General's Office.

Officials say Moss was indicted by a Lauderdale County grand jury. The indictment alleges that Moss, while employed at East Mississippi State Hospital, hit and caused bodily injury to the head and torso of the victim, a patient under his care.


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  • by unknown Location: meridian on May 23, 2010 at 03:50 PM
    I ageer their must be people planted at EMSH.The Director stated when he started working there that he would have people planted at the hospital to really see what was going on and so far as I know there have no plants there. Lord we need them,you would not believe how people wright things to the highter up and there Directors just make up stuff so there areas will not look bad.They Need to believe some of the stuff people tell them and get GOOD employs.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lauderdale on Apr 27, 2010 at 06:17 PM
    Stop taking up for Mr. Moss! He hit that client and he needs to face the consequences! This hopefully will set and example for others who may decide to hit a client! YOU CAN NOT HIT CLIENTS!!! THIS IS WRONG!!! Mr. Moss was rude to clients at times; he would talk loud to them. Is this kind? I don't think so! Mr. Moss could get ruff with some of the older clients at times also, and they were true mentally ill/dementia clients!! Is this a kind person? I worked with Mr. Moss as well as some others and he was not the kindest person to clients or other staff. I think maybe E.M.S.H. should set up an undercover operation to see what really goes on at E.M.S.H. There sure would be more and more people fired!!! There are several bad employees who keep working at E.M.S.H.; Human Resource allows them to continue to work! This is a bad situation. I don't care what you say, Mr. Jame "Pete" Moss was wrong! Mr. Moss slept mostly on the job and he would become angry if you awaken him. A good worker??????
  • by Anonymous Location: Lauderdale on Apr 27, 2010 at 05:59 PM
    Some of you are missing the point! This client was hit by Mr. Moss! We can't go around hitting clients! What part of this do you all not understand! I also know Mr. Moss and have worked with him! If you can't cope with the frustration of the job, than quit!!!! These clients are in E.M.S.H. for a reason! They have issues, whether it's an axis II diagnosis (Personality) or whether it's an axis I (bipolar, schizophrenia, & etc). No matter what there diagnosis is, they are still clients who are entrusted in our care! How can you take sides with Mr. Moss? Mr. Moss is and was wrong to hit that client. I've worked at E.M.S.H. for a long time and I've been hit, but I've never hit any client back! This is immoral! If you have this attitude that you can hit or verbal abuse these clients, it's time for you to quit E.M.S.H.!!!! Go work at some other place. Nurses and residential living staff, as well and other disclipines are hired to protect these clients!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2010 at 03:39 PM
    fact unless you have worked with the disabled you have no clue .. fact there is less abuse in this field then the great DHS that are to watch over children..
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Apr 27, 2010 at 12:23 PM
    I am also a EMSH employee and unless you MiMi can come and help, Stop Judging! We deal with people who use term mentally ill in order to get away from jail. evryone is not abusive nor do they sign up for the abuse that is issued to workers when apps are filled out. Yes sometimes things may get out of hand but no one was there but the 3 employees and the client. the client is not always correct. Remember we are humans too! You can not say what you will or will not do if you have not been placed in that situation. Working on a unit out there is no walk in the park and it requires a lot. sure there are some who shouldn't work there but there are quite a great who should. employees hands are tied. but being abused by clients should not be a allowed yet it is. don't let the term attached fool you. everything is not always what it appears.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian, MS on Apr 24, 2010 at 10:24 PM
    "Vulnerable Adults" Language is powerful. It brings up the image of a disabled person in a wheelchair who is too weak to defend themselves. This is not the case. Yes these are mentally ill people. These are also people who can tear you apart with their bare hands. Mr. Moss was defending himself. EMSH is training employees with behavior management systems that are ineffective and puts the employee in grave danger. What's worse is EMSH is teaching these systems in an unrealistic setting. Giving new employees a misguided take on aggressive behavior. Mr. Moss was a caring employee. I know this from personal experience working with him. HE WAS DEFENDING HIMSELF. But effectively defending yourself at EMSH is against policy. And we can talk about "training" all day long. The training programs at EMSH are a farce!
  • by Anonymous Location: Lauderdale on Apr 24, 2010 at 09:20 PM
    This is what happens when you have workers working with the mentally ill who really should not be working with persons of special needs. EMSH is hiring workers who really should not be working with this population of pesons with special needs. I have no sympathy for someone being charged with this abuse. Everyone who works at EMSH knows what type of environment they are encountering when they place an application and when they are hired to work at EMSH. How would you feel if this was you, your child, your parent, or your grandparent who suffered this abuse. We are hired to protect these clients. There are so many workers at EMSH who are only there for a paycheck! EMSH is not being selectively enough in hiring qualified workers. I work at EMSH and it takes patience and empathy to work there. We as workers know that there will be abuse to us from the clients, but that's the environment that we choose when we accept the job! You must treat these cliens with the highest respect!
  • by Amber on Apr 24, 2010 at 06:07 PM
    I have known Pete Moss for 20 years and he has never been anything but polite and kind. There are two sides to every story and in our country we are still innocent until proven guilty. I pray that he will be treated fairly by our judicial system.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian, MS on Apr 24, 2010 at 11:43 AM
    It's getting crazy. Literally. EMSH is implementing programs where employee's cannot defend themselves. They say these programs work. In theory they work, but in reality it is far from practical. Mr. Moss has served EMSH for a good many years and now they're burning him.
  • by Anonymous Location: meridian on Apr 23, 2010 at 09:12 PM
    Mr.Moss is not a bad person, I have worked with him for some years. He is easy to work with, funny, a lovable sense of humor. I hate what has happened for both him and the adult but who are we too judge Mr. Moss. No one can say what they will or wont do if put in his shoes, so pray for him, his family, his coworkers because I know this is hard for him. I know him and this just a sad situation. I will continue to pray for Mr. Moss.
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