The family of a northern Idaho man who committed suicide at a state psychiatric hospital is suing the state over his death.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports Steven Ferry Sr. was being held involuntarily at State Hospital North in Orofino when he electrocuted himself to death on Sept. 18, 2011. Steven Ferry Jr. filed the lawsuit in Kootenai County's 1st District Court, contending that the hospital failed to provide Ferry Sr. with a safe environment and didn't adequately supervise him, resulting in his death.

According to the lawsuit, the state filed an application to have Ferry Sr. placed in involuntary treatment after he attempted suicide, and examiners found him to be mentally ill, likely to injure himself and unable to make informed decisions about his own care.