Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP) is the monetary assistance program established using federal funds from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant. KTAP provides financial and medical assistance to needy dependent children in Kentucky and the parents or relatives with whom the children live. KTAP also helps families find jobs or get training that leads to a job.

A family can receive KTAP benefits for 60 months (five years) in a lifetime. Each month a family receives KTAP benefits counts toward the 60-month lifetime limit. For example, a family may receive KTAP benefits for 24 months, stop and later receive 36 more months of benefits.

KTAP payments to families are based on family size and income. In addition to the monetary benefit, KTAP recipients also may qualify for supportive services such as childcare, transportation assistance, and other related expenses needed for participation in the Kentucky Works Program. Relocation assistance, educational bonus, and work incentive bonus also are available to qualified KTAP recipients.


To qualify for KTAP, an applicant must have low income, be a Kentucky resident, U.S. citizen or qualified immigrant, a parent/caretaker relative responsible for children up to age 18 (or 19 if school attendance requirements are met).


A family may begin an application for KTAP and other assistance programs in person at any DCBS office, via telephone by calling DCBS Call Services (855-306-8959), or online at​ For additional information about KTAP, contact DCBS Call Services.

What happens when a KTAP recipient goes to work?

  • The KTAP check does not always stop when the recipient finds employment. Earnings may not be counted for 6 months.
  • When earnings are counted, certain deductions are allowed.
  • A family member also may receive additional assistance to enable the recipient to continue working.

What happens if KTAP is discontinued due to work?​​​

  • The family still may qualify for programs such as Medicaid and SNAP (food assistance)​.
  • The family may get work incentive reimbursements for up to 12​​​​​ months.
  • Child care assistance may be provided as long as the family meets the guidelines for the Child Care Assistance Program.


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