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KIPDA Board of Directors

Transportation Technical Coordinating Committee

Regional Transportation Council

Transportation Policy Committee

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Community Support & Health Services

Mobility & Access

Social Participation, Respect, & Inclusion

Part-time Service Advisor
Needed to perform in-home eligibility assessments and case management services for older persons and persons with disabilities.  Extensive home visits in the seven-county area.  Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s in Social Work or a closely related field with one year’s full-time experience or a Master’s Degree; starting salary is $19.54/hour. 

Visit for a full job description.  Email cover letter, resume, and copy of college transcripts to

Staff & Project Highlights

KIPDA is excited to showcase our wonderful employees, and the projects & programs they work hard at everyday to positively impact our region. Check out our social media to see KIPDA's new weekly #KIPDAStaffSpotlight and #KIPDAProjectSpotlight features! 

KIPDA Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Kickoff Event

This event will take place in person, November 12th from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, at the Shelby County Fiscal Court. Masks will be required and social distancing will be in place.

The KIPDA Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) includes the following counties and their communities – Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble. The HMP identifies natural and man-made disaster risks and vulnerabilities in the KIDPA region and develops long-term strategies and projects to protect communities from future disaster events. FEMA requires any community that wants to apply for Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants to have a current HMP.

This is the first meeting to discuss the 2021 update of the plan.

Please contact Olivia Ranseen, KIPDA Community & Economic Development Specialist, at if you would like to attend.

CARES Act Funding

Gov. Andy Beshear announced a $300 million award to city and county governments as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to reimburse local governments for expenses incurred in response to the public health emergency caused by the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

These funds will be administered by the Department for Local Government (DLG) and can be used for reimbursements only to eligible cities and counties for COVID-19 related expenses incurred from March 1, 2020, to December 30, 2020.

These funds will be administered by the Department for Local Government - DLG and can be used for reimbursements only for COVID-19 related expenses incurred from March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020.

Visit Kentucky League of Cities or the Kentucky Association of Counties sites for additional information.



Frequently Asked Questions


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Public Comment Period

KIPDA is seeking public comment through November 7th for:

  • Proposed Amendment 2 to the Connecting Kentuckiana 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan
  • Proposed Amendment 2 to the FY 2020-2025 Transportation Improvement Program
  • Draft Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan.

Review all information here:

Blackiston Mill Road Phase I

The Town of Clarksville’s Blackiston Mill Road Phase I Construction project is complete and open to traffic. The project provided turn lanes, new sidewalks, a raised center curb, improved sight lines, and drainage improvements from just north of Lewis & Clark Parkway to the back of Kroger Drive. This important project was a jointly-funded partnership between INDOT and the Town’s Redevelopment Commission. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on October 30th for Phase I. The Town is currently purchasing right-of-way for phase II of the project which will continue the safety improvements north to Altar Drive.

I-65/I-264 Interchange Planning Study

If your commute includes the I-65/I-264 Interchange, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) wants to hear from you! KYTC launched a planning study late last year to identify strategies to reduce congestion and improve safety.  From now until November 22nd, the public can review each proposed improvement strategy and provide valuable feedback.

Please visit for more information.

Bardstown Road Roadway Reconfiguration Project

Drivers and businesses will soon see a significant change along Bardstown Road between Eastern Parkway and the Baxter Avenue/Highland Avenue Intersections. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is moving forwarding with testing a roadway reconfiguration project. The plan is to make Bardstown Road one-lane in each direction, with 24/7 on-street parking and TARC stops on both sides, except for nearly all signalized intersections, where the roadway will become a three-lane section, with a dedicated left turn lane. The initial stages of this testing will focus on striping changes only and, will not require modifications to any of the traffic signals.

The proposed changes and trial come from the 2018 Bardstown Road Safety Study. KYTC has scheduled the pavement marking modifications and necessary traffic control signage changes for November 4th and 5th from approximately 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, weather permitting. View the plan for Bardstown Road here:

National Information & Referral Day

November 16, 2020 is National Information and Referral Day affirmed by the U.S. Senate to raise public awareness to the existence and importance of information and referral being available to all people in the United States. 

Everyday hundreds of people across the country find the help they need quickly, conveniently, and free of charge because of information and referral services provided by the Aging and Disability Resource Centers and other similar agencies.  This national day recognizes just how important the I&R process is in serving as a vital link between community members and the social, human and health service agencies available to assist them. There are fifteen Aging and Disability Resource Centers in Kentucky.  They are all housed in the fifteen Area Development Districts.  KIPDA is the Aging and Disability Resource Center for Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties. 

KIPDA has four full-time Information & Referral specialists that work diligently to assist callers who are in search of critical services and often don’t know where to begin looking for help.  Within the Aging and Disability Resource Center, staff support each caller, assisting with their unique needs and providing resources and referrals to the programs that are designed specifically to aid.  Individuals in our community are in need of critical services such as financial assistance, food, shelter, childcare, jobs, aging services and support and often do not know where to begin to find them.  Often, the caller has become overwhelmed in trying to locate services they or a family member need, sometimes running into dead ends. The KIPDA ADRC assist each caller in researching services available and directing them to the right path.

Take time to recognize the thousands of Information and Referral Specialist throughout the country on November 16th, but don’t forget to recognize KIPDA’s Aging and Disability Resource Center as well.

National Family Caregiver Month

National Family Caregivers Month is celebrated each November and is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country.  It provides an opportunity to raise awareness of family caregiver issues, celebrate the efforts of family caregivers, educate family members, and increase support for family caregivers.  Many family members do not self-identify as a caregiver; they just gradually take on the responsibility of helping out a family member with daily activities when that family member needs help with daily activities due to an accident, illness, or age.  Up to 50% of family caregivers experience symptoms of depression and do not recognize the toll that family caregiving can have on their own health.  The Caregiver Action Network (CAN) provides 10 tips for family caregivers to help minimize stress of family caregiving:  

  1. Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone!
  2. Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one.
  3. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you.
  4. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors.
  5. Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks often.
  6. Watch out for signs of depression and don't delay getting professional help when you need it.
  7. Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one.
  8. Organize medical information so it's up to date and easy to find.
  9. Make sure legal documents are in order.
  10. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!

The Caregiver Action Network is a non-profit organization that provides education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge and can be found at  AARP is another organization that has been leading the way in providing resources and support for caregivers and advocating for legislative changes to support caregivers. You can find a wealth of information on caregiving on their website at

 Please call KIPDA at (502) 266-557 to inquire about our Caregiver Voucher Program that will help to alleviate some of the stress related to financial issues due to unexpected purchases required for medical items needed that are not covered by insurance. That same voucher program can be used to hire someone who can provide the caregiver with a temporary respite break. There are other community resources that KIPDA can direct caregivers to for long-term respite break needs, group support, and one on one counseling. We are here to CARE for the CAREGIVER!

National Alzheimer's Month 

Being a caregiver doesn't come with an instruction manual, but there are resources available to help. The Alzheimer’s Association provides education on the stages of Alzheimer’s that is needed for caregivers to be equipped with the skills needed to provide the best care for their loved who. Behavior is a form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings. As the ability to use language is lost in the later stages of the disease, these behaviors can present real challenges and might show up as: aggression, anger, anxiety, agitation, depression, hallucinations, confusion, repetition, sleep issues, suspicion, delusions, and wandering.  Caregivers may also face challenges when it comes to bathing, feeding, and personal hygiene.  

Understanding the stages and progression of the disease can help the caregiver enhance daily plans that incorporate daily activities that are appropriate for their loved one and minimizes some of these behaviors.  Learning to decode behavioral messages and recognize behavior triggers can make caregiving not only easier for the caregiver but also less stressful for the loved one. The Alzheimer’s Association provides these tips to help caregivers:

  • Keep the person's skills and abilities in mind.
  • Stick with activities the person has always enjoyed and adjust, as needed.
  • Pay special attention to what the person enjoys.
  • Take note when the person seems happy, anxious, distracted or irritable. 
  • Consider if the person begins activities without direction.
  • Does he or she set the table before dinner or sweep the kitchen floor mid-morning? If so, you may wish to plan these activities as part of the daily routine.
  • Focus on enjoyment, not achievement.
  • Find activities that build on remaining skills and talents.
  • The person who always enjoyed drinking coffee and reading the newspaper may still find these activities enjoyable, even if he or she is not able to completely understand what the newspaper says.
  • Consider time of day. -Caregivers may find they have more success with certain activities at specific times of day.
  • Adjust activities to disease stages.
  • As the disease progresses, you may want to introduce more repetitive tasks. 

The Alzheimer’s Association provides online community support, training, certification, free e-learning workshops, books and DVDs on caregiving.  There are local chapters across the Nation that provide support groups and hosts workshops and trainings in the communities.  For more information about Alzheimer’s and caregiving you can check them out at  or call the 24/7 helpline at 1-800-272-3900.

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